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'Antiques Roadshow': Small statue sells for over $150,000 dollars!

'Antiques Roadshow': Small Statue Sells For Over $150,000 Dollars!

On "Antiques Roadshow," we revisited an impressive 1999 appraisal when a woman brought in an original Demetre Chiparus sculpture that her father had purchased for two Canadian dollars 40 years ago.

APPRAISER: "Usha and I have conferred and feel that very easily this is worth $100-$150,000 dollars America... U.S. Dollars.

WOMAN: "Oh my lord! Oh, that's wonderful!"

Demetre Chiparus was a Romanian-born, Paris-based artist who created sculptures of dancing figures during the height of the art deco era. His works have been very successful in recent years at auction houses, and Starfish was no exception, which sold in 2013 for more than $156,000.

Talk about a smart investment... but why are these sculptures worth so much?

The Telegraph suggests it has to do with the beautiful use of ivory and bronze, as well as Chiparus' amazing re-creation of the human form.

If you're itching to get your hands on your very own Chiparus sculpture, you can shell out several hundred thousand dollars for the real thing--or you can get a beautiful replica cast model for around $11,000 at Christie's.

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Amiee/Patrick July 08 2014 at 11:08 AM

So why can't I find something cool, pay a couple bucks and sell it for zillions?

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tsr5112 July 08 2014 at 1:10 PM

Give me a break. What was that junk worth 40 years ago. And what about all the other people that bought stuff 40 years ago for 2 bucks and still have it. This is all just dumb luck not some insightful piece of financial wizardry. What does she think about the other 2 dollar stuff she threw away last year. Is she regretting that? No cause it's all just chance. And who's to say that this $150,000. statue won't be worth 2 bucks next year. Well a fool and their money.

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albatroll July 08 2014 at 8:42 AM

Can the talking head shut up and can we see pictures of the figure?

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pdbliz albatroll July 08 2014 at 7:21 PM


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pdbliz July 08 2014 at 7:22 PM

AOL....Tell us about the IRS Scandal...or,,,,about Nancy P going to the border shaking hands with the illegals...

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pdbliz July 08 2014 at 7:20 PM


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I LOVE YOU JENNY July 08 2014 at 4:21 PM

Right on!!!!!!!!

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sindfetish July 08 2014 at 3:58 PM

tsr5112 .....Hold on to that "Dogs Playing Poker" on velvet in your den....it'll be worth $23.88 in NO TIME !

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Rhoda July 08 2014 at 11:54 AM

I was watching. I also have things that may be worth a fortune. Guess I'll have to try going there when they are in NYC.

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kimmik July 08 2014 at 12:33 PM

I'm sure the animal (mostly elephants) that "donated" his ivory is happy about this statue worth!

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IAmTheWalru July 08 2014 at 10:54 PM

Ah. Another somebody-bought-something-and-it-turns-out-to-be-worth-more-than-what-it-was-purchased-for story...
These are getting old. How about we report actual news?

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