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Illinois man refurbishes masterful paintings _ for free

An Illinois man has spent up to 10 hours every day for 11 years cleaning and fixing 1,500 paintings for museums nationwide. He's done an estimated $5 million worth of work.

He didn't get paid once.

"Either you got to be crazy or love what you are doing, maybe I'm a little bit of both," said 67-year-old Barry Bauman, who works out of his home in River Forest, a suburb of Chicago.

He worked in the conservation department of The Art Institute of Chicago for 11 years before starting his own business, the Chicago Conservation Center, in 1983. By 2003, he had 23 employees and the company was starting to run him. So, he sold it and thought about doing...