Young collector paid $2 for a painting worth over $1,000
The BBC Antiques Roadshow invites viewers to consult with an expert to determine what their antiques are worth. One viewer's expectations were exceeded.
A young teenage boy from South Jersey went on the show, and consultant David Weiss remarked that he was the youngest viewer to contact them for an assessment.
Intrigued by the young collector, Weiss asked what he collected and he how he found the wares. The boy said he likes to collect glass, silver, and art.
His most treasured possession was "a big sterling silver tray," and he finds most of the antiques at "junk roadshows" and second-hand stores in his hometown.
For the show, the boy wanted a have a painting appraised. He bought at an auction in South Jersey and remarked that his father didn't initially want to wait for the sale.
It was a humid day, but the boy wanted the painting and begged his father to wait. After an hour, he purchased the artwork for only $2.
The artwork was signed, but the boy could only make out the first name: Albert. Weiss said that the second part of the name was Neuhuys, a Dutch painter.
He was born in 1844 and lived in Holland for most of his life. Neuhuys passed away in 1914, and Weiss estimated that the painting was done in the last quarter of the 19th century.
Weiss asked the boy what he thought the painting was worth, and he said $150. However, according to Weiss, a Neuhuys painting could sell for $1,000 to $1,500!
In 2017, Hanson Auctioneers sold a Neuhuys oil painting titled Her First Steps for $4,000.
Nevertheless, the teenager was blown away by the appraisal and Weiss said the young boy has a head start to becoming a successful art dealer.
Antiques Roadshow first aired in 1979. As of 2018, the BBC show is in its 40th series and is currently presented by Fiona Bruce.