A homeless man found rare artwork from Disney's Bambi in a trash can in Edmonton, Canada, and when it sold for $3,700, the seller decided to track him down to share the money with him.
Adam Gillian stumbled upon a 1937 animation cel from Disney's Bambi in the garbage and brought it to antique dealer Alexander Archbold who owns the Curiosity Inc. store in Edmonton to get a few bucks.
When Archbold first saw the artwork, he thought it was just a replica of an animation cel, and he gave Gillian $20 for it.
But when he discovered an old certificate of authenticity with a copyright date of 1937 (Bambi hit theaters in 1942), Archbold realized he had an original Disney animation cel that was worth much more than he had initially thought.
According to CNN, Archbold sold the animation cel for $3,700 and he promised himself that he would give Gillian half of the profit. He explained that over the past two years, Adam had come into the shop with things he has found in the trash. He had always been courteous, polite and professional and Archbold wanted to do the right thing.
But first, he had to find the homeless man. He decided to drive around Edmonton, slowing down whenever he saw homeless people, and eventually found someone who knew Gillian and who promised to tell him the amazing news.
Indeed, Gillian showed up at Archbold's store a few days later, Archbold was very excited to split the proceeds with him. Archbold gave him the $1,600.35 -- Gillian's share of the sale after deducting fees. He then gave him an additional $100 and bought him lunch.
"Wow, that's awesome," Gillian told him, looking a little bashful. "I don't know what to say."
Archbold wanted to share this beautiful story with the world, so he posted a video on YouTube:
The store owner told CNN that his own background gives him more empathy for homeless people. "I was homeless when I was in grade seven. I had to help pay my parents' bills so I had to sell antiques on the side," Archbold said.
Archbold also set up a GoFundMe page to help Gillian get off the streets this winter.
"As we get closer to winter, and his situation worsens with the cold, I wanted to do something to help raise some money to get him a roof over his head for the winter, maybe rent an apartment for a while and give him a chance to be with his kids again. Hopefully we can reach that goal," Archbold wrote.
As of November 29th, more than $17,000 has been raised for Gillian.