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'Antiques Roadshow': Man had $250,000 hanging in his living room

'Antiques Roadshow': Man Had Piece Of American Art History In Living Room

'Antiques Roadshow' was back in Boise, Idaho. One hopeful man brought in a family heirloom he knew very little about: an etching he had inherited from his grandfather.

It turned out the etching was by one of the most famous American painter and printmakers, Edward Hopper. His works are coveted across the globe, so it's no surprise that the signed print, known as 'The Catboat,' was worth a whopping $250,000.

The appraiser said this print is very rare, as only about 25 exist.

The man's reaction? 'That's more money than belongs in my living room, I think!'

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Joe January 15 2014 at 1:31 AM

Nice. So often an owner of art like this dies and the relatives pick through the deceased's property looking for gold and silver, rejecting the pictures on the wall. This print could have been tossed in a landfill by family members expecting it to be worthless. With roughly 25 prints in existence of this design, I'm glad that it escaped destruction and may be sold to benefit the current owner. It will also benefit the buyer who appreciates fine art and may eventually find it's way to an art museum.

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michael January 14 2014 at 10:23 PM

good deal man...go for the cash ...time to head west Galveston Area...no more winters...no snow...no heating bills...open an ice cream stand and enjoy life

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hey January 14 2014 at 1:41 PM

fantastic, take the money and run and enjoy

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Tony Martin January 14 2014 at 1:35 PM

The main thing with any collection is the enjoyment of the item. Hoppers print is really nice and it was displayed. Someone must have enjoyed it so it is a great item.
Some collect items you don't like just in the hope of future value. They hide them, never play with the item or enjoy the item. How sad.

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m210w January 14 2014 at 1:24 PM

Antiques Roadshow is still interesting to watch and one actually can learn something from the show if one is into old things. I do think their values are out of this world sometimes. For example, a set of Doughboy and Doughgirl vinyl figures from the 1970's at $100 each? What? If you can get $10 each you'd be lucky. I have actually seen one of the Keno brothers appraise a Federal side table for over $200,000 and they showed the actual auction for it and it sold for over $400,000.

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Kate m210w January 14 2014 at 2:22 PM

They are estimates. If something turns out to be in high demand, it can auction for much more; the AR appraisers can only give a range based on previous sale prices.

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Rodney Sumpter January 14 2014 at 1:21 PM

Wonderful...My parents (my dad) gave me a painting he got for $0.00 in 1971. Turns out its a William Bradford...an artist that hangs in the Metropolitan and De Young museums...our appraisal two years ago...$130,000...thanks Dad!

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avr1233 January 14 2014 at 1:19 PM

Like many words, "rich" is a relative term. Good for him! Sounds like a fellow who could use the unexpected windfall.

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aburghthng January 14 2014 at 1:02 PM

Curley is that you?

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slatta1068 January 14 2014 at 4:08 PM

I am so tired of AOL luring people in on a story than you have to watch the video...how about some pics and article......too

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mielkele slatta1068 January 14 2014 at 4:45 PM

Wish I could give you more than 1 thumb's up! However, we must be grateful that we can at least comment without including our Facebook account.

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Diamond Dogg January 14 2014 at 12:53 PM

God bless Ben Poser.

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