I spied him on the shelf at my local Goodwill.  Nothing particularly spectacular about him, but he was from Norway and he was signed.  So, home I went and Googled the artist and found a couple of  pieces of his work on line.  I also found he was created in the 1950s. 

I decided to put it on Ebay and see what it did.  I bought it for $2.25 so there was little to lose.  The owl sold for $58!  He jumped from $1.99 to $50 by mid week.  Two bidders were duking it out for the high bid.

Just goes to show you there is value in simplicity!