Shop Owner Hunts Down Homeless Man After Learning Value of Disney Art He Bought for $20

May 12, 2019 Updated: May 18, 2019

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure so the saying  goes.

Adam is a homeless man from Edmonton, Canada, who searches dumpsters for the odd thing or two that might bring him a few dollars. One of the items he found was a Bambi Cel, and instinct told him it might be valuable.

He turned up at Curiosity Inc., which is run by Alexander Archbold, in September 2018 and asked if he would like to trade the print for a few bucks. Adam was familiar to Archbold; he had been in to the shop on other occasions to sell little knickknacks he had unearthed.

In Helena Mt 🙂 so far so good!

Gepostet von Alexander Archbold am Sonntag, 9. Juli 2017

Archbold offered Adam $20 for the print, which he agreed to.

“I thought, well, it’s Bambi. I can probably clean it up,” Archbold told the HuffPost.

The frame was pretty dilapidated, and when he removed the print, he found it had a certificate on the back, authenticating it to a 1937 animation cell from the classic Disney movie Bambi.

“I just thought oh my goodness. It’s the real thing and it’s worth a lot more than I thought it was. And I have to do something to help this guy out.”

This walked in today! Original Bambi Animation cell and backdrop. Stamped with Walt Disney logo front and back. Funny thing is I remember that scene in the movie 🙂 #bambi #disney #art #curiosityincyeg

Gepostet von Curiosity Inc. am Donnerstag, 20. September 2018

Archbold put the details of his find on YouTube, and one man, keen to buy it, paid $3,700.

The buyer then posted this to Archbold, “Hi Alex,” he wrote. “I am the guy who won your eBay auction of the Bambi Cel. My name is Hugo. I am a retired self employed landscape contractor from Long Island, NY.

“I was also brought up on welfare by my mom and was very poor as a kid. I am 70 yrs old now and raising our 3 year old granddaughter with my loving wife.

“I was drawn to Adam and his heart felt story. He seems to be a good man, down on his luck. No one should live like this… being alone wanting to be reunited with his boys.

“I bid 11 times to make sure that I would win the eBay auction and was hopping [sic] it would help Adam out. It’s in God’s hands now. Thank you Alex for helping all of us. You are a good man.”


Meanwhile, Archbold had set out to find Adam, as he wanted to give him half of the money.

“I drove up and down every single alley. I went by shelters. I went everywhere I could go to try and find him,” he said.

He finally tracked him down, and after giving him half of the money for the print, he didn’t stop there, as Adam had shared his story.

Adam also told Archbold that he had tried to sell the Bambi Cel to a few other shops before he came to his, but all of them refused his offer.

Archbold said, “They just told him to leave because, he said, as a street person they don’t take you seriously.”

He further added: “I got the impression that he just really didn’t feel like a person. And that just really made me sad.”

Gepostet von Adam Gillan am Samstag, 5. Januar 2019

According to the HuffPost, Adam had become depressed after losing his job as a drywaller. He then separated from his wife and four children. Three of his children ended up in foster care, and he wanted to live close to them.

So Archbold set up a GoFundMe page for Adam, and amazingly, in a short time, the funds raised for Adam by concerned folk on the internet had reached US$18,000.

An update on Adam

You may remember a few weeks ago, we brought you the story of Adam—a homeless man who found a rare piece of Disney art in the trash. Tonight, we have an update on his heartwarming story.

Gepostet von CityNews Edmonton am Mittwoch, 28. November 2018

According to CNN, Adam’s family members saw news reports of the Bambi find and contacted Archbold. He then helped Adam reunite with his family back in Ontario.

“I didn’t know if he was dead or alive,” said Patti Gillan, Adam’s mother, to CTV News. “And I didn’t know how to get in touch with anybody to find him.”

His mother hadn’t heard from him for two years and was in the process of adopting his three children.

Proud to say Adam made it home safely and has reunited with his family in Ontario! Way to go Adam! 🙂

Gepostet von Curiosity Inc. am Mittwoch, 21. November 2018

Archbold is a compassionate man who set out to help one man get his life back on track and reunite him with his children.

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