Miracle Worker

Artist Michael Daube turned one man's trash into a humanitarian treasure.

Joan Duncan Oliver

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Michael Daube, 43, founder of the nonprofit Citta

IT'S THE STUFF of urban legend: While combing through the trash in search of materials for his artwork, a young artist finds a drawing with the initials D.H. in the corner. Could it be...? His hunch pays off: The drawing is a David Hockney, and he sells it for $18,000. Then—because this is real life and not a legend—he uses his windfall to build a hospital in India.

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