It’s the kind of thing everyone has dreamed about: you’re digging around in grandma’s attic when you stumble across an old knick knack that’s actually worth a pantload of greenbacks. Sometimes, though, the fantasy becomes reality. Here are some Antiques Roadshow finds that made owners crazy rich.
Collected by the owner’s father in the 1930s and ’40s on two visits to China, this collection included four pieces from the 18th-century. The owner was hoping for a nice valuation, but even she was stunned when appraiser Jim Callahan delivered the verdict.
Many people keep artwork on their walls behind their doors; it’s a pretty normal thing. It might be a Reservoir Dogs poster if you’re a single man, or a framed picture that says “Life is just a chair of bowlies” if you are a grandma.
What most people don’t hang behind their doors are million-dollar lost paintings by the great Latin-American artists of the 20th century. But this owner from a 2012 visit to Corpus Christi isn’t most people.
His great-grandparents bought a painting in Mexico in 1930 and subsequently hung it in their house behind a door. What they didn’t know was that this was actually an early painting by a teenaged Diego Rivera from 1904, who would go on to be one of the most prominent painters in Mexican history, famous both for his murals and also for being married to Frida Kahlo.
Needless to say, he was pretty surprised to learn just what he had.
Watch the video for more on Antiques Roadshow items that made owners crazy rich.
million jade collection | 0:15
million lost painting | 0:40
million baseball cards | 1:34
£1 million+ Faberge flower | 2:14
.5 million rhino horn cups | 2:54
.5 million pocket watch | 4:00
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