They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. These two pictures that burned up in a fire at a Michigan home are worth $31 million.

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

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The phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words" has been around since 1911. The phrase was actually plagiarized and paraphrased from a 1906 quote from Henrik Ibsen who said, "a thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed."

Variations of the phrase have been used in advertising and in everyday life ever since.

Pentwater Mansion Catches Fire

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A $20 million dollar mansion in Pentwater, Michigan, caught fire back in June of 2022 and burned to the ground.

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It took around 40 firefighters 13 hours to get the blaze under control but unfortunately, the home and its contents were a total loss.

The only good news from the fire is that no one was injured in the fire or when putting it out.

The bad news is there were some highly valued paintings in the home that burned up in the fire.

2 Paintings Valued At $31 Million Burned Up In A House Fire

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We all know that certain paintings depending on what they are and who painted them can be worth millions of dollars. Art is something that is considered precious to most people around the globe and that is why most people go to great lengths to preserve them.

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According to MLive one of the paintings that burned in the fire was called "Path" and it was estimated at $16 million. The other painting called "Cliff" was valued at $15 million and burned in the fire along with 3 other high-dollar paintings.

I couldn't imagine having my house burn down on top of having to sue the insurance company the paintings were insured by to get my money back but that is exactly what the homeowner has had to do.

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