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'Antiques Roadshow': Young collector paid $2 for valuable 19th-century item

'Antiques Roadshow': Young Boy Paid $2 For a Painting Worth A Small Fortune

On "Antiques Roadshow," a young boy brought in a watercolor painting that he paid just two dollars for at a small junk auction in south New Jersey.

Thinking that the painting would maybe worth a hundred or a hundred and fifty dollars, the boy was in for quite a surprise.

APPRAISER: "It would probably sell for between one thousand and one thousand five hundred dollars.

KID: "Woah... phew!

KID: "I think I'm gonna be rich."

The painting was by Albert Neuhuys, a dutch painters born in 1844 who liked depicting family life in his artwork. The appraiser said it was likely painted in the last quarter of the 19th century.

The young boy who bought the painting was one of the youngest collectors the appraiser had seen. And not only did he collect artwork, but he also enjoyed buying other items like glass and sterling silver, from junk auctions and then selling those pieces online.

Fans on Facebook were loving the young collector, calling him adorable and also saying he's going places with buying and selling collectibles.

To find more Albert Neuhuys artwork, you can visit PaintingHere.com or Amazon for copies of his artwork in books or on canvas.

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slowhanddean May 13 2014 at 10:39 PM

Ya know I don't mind typos in the comments section as we aren't pros. But how many articles that are written by pros have typos? I guess they are in such a rush to be #1 they lose thier writting skills if they ever had any.

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halt1025 May 13 2014 at 2:26 PM


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meyer259 May 13 2014 at 2:05 PM

Pretty funny comments. I'm in the business and believe me there aren't a lot of Republican Art and Antique dealers. You have to actually know history, do research and be able to read.

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wllharrington meyer259 May 13 2014 at 2:16 PM

That leaves out the Democrats. The Republicans know value because they can read, they know history and they do research that is why they hold on to valuble articles. The dealers are middle class.

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lynn.salter meyer259 May 13 2014 at 2:48 PM

Knowing history such as Paul Rever's saving of the colonial arms stores in Concord and Lexington being his greatest contribution to the the American Revolution.. and not being all about a ride of alarm his name happened to fit better into a poem than other's who made far more extensive rides?... Or is poetry research?... Like that kind of reading, research and history?? I know.. whatever the media says and you can't lie on the Internet.

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gracecfl lynn.salter May 13 2014 at 4:02 PM

Who's Paul Rever? Never heard of him. I do agree with you about the other riders, Israel Bissell for example who rode farther and REVERE never said the British are coming. It was just a poem written 80 years after the fact.

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JTalltrees1 May 13 2014 at 1:51 PM

Lucky stiff!

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gatlaw May 13 2014 at 1:42 PM

Notwithstanding all the idiotic comments posted, it is nice to see that not every child is (at least for a while) glued to the TV or Computer or whatever playing video games. I bet this kid is a reader as well. I have two kids (both adults) who wouldn't ever think of going through "junk" to find the "diamond in the rough", as this boy did, or even just looking at an old painting to see what the artist possibly saw when he put brush to canvas. And its not for lack of anything their parents did. The article states that this young man buys items for resale at a profit. Good for him. I hope and assume he is learning from his purchases. I wish my kids did that...

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tmc54 May 13 2014 at 1:37 PM

It is amazing how many idiots are finding fault with a youngster who hit it big.
I hope his future is bright and successful and that he never votes for any Democrats.

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nkowalak May 13 2014 at 1:31 PM

The most important lesson here, is that this boy's family has taught him to appreciate "older" items. I think its wonderful that he is conscientious at such a young age to be able to look at an item and think it may be valuable, if not he could always sell it to someone else!

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mbaughn1 May 13 2014 at 1:24 PM

You all have his whole future figured out because he accidentally, unknowingly purchased a painting for $2 that was APPRAISED at $1000? First of all, the Antiques Roadshow appraisal is MAYBE what the piece would realize at a premium auction filled with the ideal buyers. Secondly, the kid undoubtedly bought the painting because he wanted to buy something, anything, for cheap, he had no idea what he was buying...so stop talking nonsense. Good for him, yes, but that doesn't mean he's going places because of it!

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AOL9.7 May 13 2014 at 1:22 PM

How very nice, something calm to read for a change.

A nice boy! A good read too.

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caseford AOL9.7 May 13 2014 at 1:31 PM

not so fast lol this is an aol forum..

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mbaughn1 May 13 2014 at 1:15 PM

Aww, such a happy, warm, fuzzy feel good story...*puke*

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wapatohills mbaughn1 May 13 2014 at 1:22 PM


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