Thrift store glass vase purchased for $5 valued at $15,000

Thrift store antiques.
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You might want to buy that weird vase the next time you see it at your local thrift store as a glass vase purchased at $4.99 has been identified as a rare piece from 1902 worth up to $15,000.

The Loetz Argus glass vase was designed by Austrian Koloman Moser, who participated in the Vienna Secession art movement, Heritage Auctions said.

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Moser was born in Austria and was known for illustrating books and designing art pieces. He worked in Vienna and served as a professor of drawing and painting until his death.

The vase was purchased by an unidentified buyer in the Pacific Northwest and is now the cover of the auction catalog.