For years I pondered where that $1 Million deposit to my old Sovereign bank account came from. And I finally solved It! The money came not from a payment for a screenplay, Nobel, or perpetual motion prize, but rather from a $1,000,000 check for a painting I received on the street.
When I went to the bank, the bank teller thought it was a fake check, but I told her to try to cash it anyway, maybe it would go through.
Anyway, I lost confidence because of what the teller said, and I even tried to have the man who gave me the check arrested. But it just seemed like too much trouble, so I told him he could have the painting, a million dollars or not.
After that, I assumed it was all over, until an unimaginable time later (around 2009), the check cleared in my account.
Since I didn't know where such a vast sum had come from (having still assumed the check was fake), and fearing taxation or some kind of unwilling loan scheme, I told the bank to return the money to whoever has sent it!
Being unaccustomed to such monies, I never drew the connection and it wasn't until much later, on the day before the Presidential Election in 2016 (today) that I realized the money came from that check!
So, long story short, although the money has been returned to the sender or kept by the bank, at least still I now know that my artwork is occasionally valued at $1M.
Because of this awareness, I have now officially cleared the first major hurdle to being a famous artist in my lifetime.
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