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'Antiques Roadshow': Man finds fortune with pop art piece

'Antiques Roadshow': Man Finds Fortune With Pop Art Piece

On "Antiques Roadshow," a man brought in a screen print his parents bought for him as a child -- and he expected at least $50,000 for it. That turned out to be a very low estimate.

APPRAISER: "I would suggest you have a replacement value on this of $300,000 dollars."
GUEST: "Well thank you, and thank you for the good news."

Roy Lichtenstein, the artist of the screen print, became a leading figure in the new art movement in the 1960's along with other famous artists like Andy Warhol. His work was heavily influenced by both popular advertising and the comic book style. The appraiser was shocked at how well-maintained the piece was, calling it Lichtenstein's first, most important pop art print. It might've been the best print he'd ever seen.

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jwmgrand April 01 2014 at 1:33 PM

Worth and what someone pays for it are to different numbers ....... I just want somebody to say one time on A.R. Thats just so great, after they tell them the Price its worth ...... and say instantly ok I want to sell it RIGHT NOW .......

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hellyon3too jwmgrand April 01 2014 at 2:10 PM

I've often heard them say that, Usually they tell them the insurance value or say something like "At auction it could bring...."

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wspurg April 01 2014 at 5:13 PM

That is so neat! Congratulations to this guy.
Makes you want to look around your house and see what you might have hiding there.

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gggaloha wspurg April 01 2014 at 6:26 PM

Wonder what I could get for my antique wife ?

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mcwald20 April 01 2014 at 11:28 AM

Love this show. So interesting.

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hman570 April 01 2014 at 6:32 PM

Nice sum of money to have tucked away. Shame by the time everyone takes their hands out of the pockets of this guy he will not have much left.

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bonitoking61 hman570 April 01 2014 at 6:49 PM

That's not true there is no tax on one time auctions, that's why wealthy people buy art.

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Bubie April 01 2014 at 11:26 AM

I have illusions of something like that happening to me. Of all the junk that I have, somewhere in there is that one little piece, be it an old rare postage stamp or a picture or painting or book, poster or whatever that is worth a fortune, but I have no clue where it is and what it is. Or maybe I accidently set of my shot gun in the backyard and oil comes gushing out of my flowerbeds and then I pack up my crap and move to Beverly Hills.

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meryleeweisman April 01 2014 at 11:17 AM

My response would be "SOLD"! I can see keeping a treasure in the family. However, this is LIFE CHANGING money. The kind of cash that absolutely changes a life. This kind of cash buys a home, sends someone to school, starts a business, all kinds of things that changes the lives of an entire family. This is future changing money. I would part with my treasures for this kind of cash. To better the future of my family? In a heartbeat! I'd be content with a picture of my treasure.

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ajafullmn April 01 2014 at 11:16 AM

people who don't get at least a little excited are very annoying.

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onceanykr ajafullmn April 01 2014 at 11:32 AM

That was also my first thought!

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flysalot2 ajafullmn April 01 2014 at 11:46 AM

Maybe the guy is a millionaire. $300,000 to him would be like $20 to you. Would you get excited?

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Kristen flysalot2 April 01 2014 at 12:57 PM

That'a actually exactly what I was thinking. $300k might not seem like a big deal to him, especially after taxes.

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Rhoda April 01 2014 at 11:13 AM


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Leo April 01 2014 at 11:08 AM

Show me the MONEY!

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