Who would have thought that a young boy’s purchase would make him so famous? Anyone who loves antiques would want to learn about their items’ value before even considering to sell them. But when precious items end up in thrift stores and you buy them for a price as low as two bucks, you cannot say no to such a deal. That’s what happened to a boy from South Jersey, who traveled a long way to Richmond, Virginia and ask the expert David Weiss in front of the cameras if his painting is worth anything.
You won’t believe who the artist of the painting was and how much it was worth! The boy’s jaw dropped at #4!
20. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
One day, the TV Show Antiques Roadshow saw its youngest guest that was an avid trader in old items. What this boy did not know was how valuable his find was. The boy traveled with his parents all the way to Richmond, Virginia to find out how much his painting was really worth. David Weiss would soon give him the surprise of his life!
19. LET’S START FILMING
The cameras started to roll and the appraiser David Weiss sat down with the young boy to talk about this unique piece. The interview is now known as a unique moment in the show. Weiss is passionate about drawings and paintings, and he is an expert in appraising items, also working for many auction houses. The boy sits across from him and is ready to listen to the expert.
18. THE EXPERT
Looking at the painting the boy brought to the show, Weiss was the only expert that would have known how much value the item had. So, Weiss began the interview by asking the boy what information he had about his purchase, adding that he must be “the youngest collector that I’ve seen.”
The boy’s manner speaking and his poise showed that, although young, he was very mature…
17. TAKE ME TO THE SHOW
When this boy heard that the show was going to be filmed in Virginia, he begged his parents to take him and find out how much was the painting worth. His parents finally gave in and agreed to drive him there. The boy knew this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and explained to Weiss that he didn’t make just this one purchase so far!
16. WHAT DO YOU COLLECT?
Weiss asks the boy what he looks for when he collects items, and he replied: “I like glass, sterling silver and art.” But where did the boy find the items? He answered that he went to a “junky auction” in his hometown. What did the boy want to do with his finds? Here’s what really impressed Weiss…
15. SELL THEM?
The boy revealed that he doesn’t keep his finds and that he likes to sell them online. Stunned, Weiss repeated the boy’s words: “You like to sell them?” He couldn’t believe that this young boy was interested in purchasing antiques to sell them and not to keep them as memorabilia like most kids tend to…
14. A BUSINESSMAN
Before continuing with the appraisal of the painting, Weiss got so curious about the boy’s hobby that even forgot what he had to do. He asked how the boy picked his items and the answer he got was jaw-dropping: “Have you made a lot of money selling silver, you’d say?”
The boy says he is waiting until September when the market will fluctuate!
13. SAVING THE PAINTING
The boy explained that he dragged his father to a junky auction house in their town to get his chance at bidding on an item. The father waited through the hot summer day, said the boy: “This piece was found at an auction down South Jersey. It was so hot there, my dad didn’t want to stay to get it, but I wanted to.”
12. HISTORY OF ART
The young owner of the painting he got with just $2 thought there had to be some history behind it, so he really wanted to know more about it and see if his instinct was right. The painting did not look ordinary, said Weiss. The expert knew where to look and see how much it was worth…
11. THE MOTHER AND HER CHILD
Looking at the painting, you see a mother sitting in a chair towards a child… The earthy tones showed a mundane setting. Weiss wanted to see if the boy knew more about the painting, so he asked him about his purchase. The boy answered that after inspecting it, he believed it was a watercolor, but because it was encased in glass, he couldn’t say more.
10. THE REAL VALUE…
Weiss was impressed that the boy knew so many things, but this young collector had no idea how much his item would be appraised for – a skill he still had to work on. Before revealing the real value of the painting, Weiss wanted to tell the boy who was the painter that made this piece of art. It’s unbelievable!
9. A SIGNATURE
Weiss asked the boy if he noticed the artist’s signature at the bottom right of the painting, and he said that he indeed saw the name Albert, but couldn’t recognize the second one. When Weiss told the boy the surname of the artist, the young boy had no clue who he was, and it was for a good reason…
8. AN EUROPEAN ARTIST
The boy never heard about the artist named Albert Neuhuys or seen his paintings because he was a painter from the Netherlands. He lived in the last half of the 19th century, and paintings similar to this one were the main attraction – mothers and their children, at home. But how much was it worth #5?
7. ART MUSEUM
Many of the paintings created by Neuhuys are exhibited in renowned art museums. Somehow, one of them was in this young boy’s hands. Weiss told the boy that the artist was born in 1844 and died in 1914, so the “watercolor was probably done in the last quarter of the 19th century.”
6. ESTIMATE THE WORTH
After Weiss told the boy all the details about the painting made by Neuhuys , he asked him to guess how much money he could get for the art. Some guests at the Roadshow have overestimated their items’ worth, but this boy was so far from real price. Here’s what he said…
5. THE BEST GUESS
“How much do you think is worth?” Weiss asked the boy. With this information, the boy thought that waiting for the auction so much and going on such a long journey to get to the show should pay off. He answered: “Hundred and fifty bucks.” Weiss laughed and stunned the boy with this next reply!
4. HUNDRED AND FIFTY BUCKS?
Weiss repeated the boy’s answer, adding “I think it’s worth a hundred and fifty. I think it’s worth more than one hundred and fifty.” The boy got eager, but had no idea that the next estimate would take his breath away:
“Today, if your Albert Neuhuys watercolor came to an auction, it would probably sell for about $1000 to $1500.”
When Weiss said “thousand,” the boy’s eyes showed how shocked he was. His jaw dropped and couldn’t say anything more than “woah,” gesturing that this news has blown his mind – “Boosh!”
As soon as he recovered from his shock, the boy said this funny thing…
2. NOT A BAD DECISION
Weiss told the boy that it was “not bad for $2,” adding that it was indeed a lot of money, considering the boy only paid $2 for it! The expert also encouraged the boy to continue his passion, saying that he has “a great career going as an art dealer. You should keep at it.”
1. “I’M GOING TO BE RICH”
“I think I’m going to be rich!” concluded the boy. Weiss agreed, telling him that he has great instinct, considering his young age. Since the young boy got his investment returned almost a thousand times over, he will have a good chance of making his dreams come true, added the expert.