There's a big plaster duck in the driveway of Rick Orr's mobile home in Scottsdale, Arizona. If you know Rick Orr, you know this can't possibly be just any plaster duck; it's almost certainly one of the world's rarest plaster ducks, probably worth tens of thousands of dollars and crafted by some dead guy no one's ever heard of but whose work is deeply coveted. And given the duck's placement, about halfway between the door of Orr's house and the bumper of his big, beat-up Ford van, you—if you know Rick Orr—would have to assume the duck is about to be delivered by Rick to some rich guy who's waiting anxiously for the duck's arrival. Someone who will peel several large bills from a thick roll and hand... More >>>
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Rick Orr, the king of the pickers, with RED Modern Furniture owner Jonathan Wayne (left).
Orr has made a career out of finding undervalued works of art and reselling them to guys like Wayne, though the Internet and a down economy has put a huge dent in the trade.