On "Antiques Roadshow," a grandmother's small gift to her grandson turned out to be a much bigger deal than he thought.
The appraiser said, "An auction estimate on this piece would be $40,000 to $60,000 -- and even a conservative estimate."
He was shocked. "Wow, and it's a lot older than I thought too, it's all starting to make sense."
That lucky guy says his grandmother picked up the gilt bronze Buddha statue during her travels with her husband, who was an ambassador, sometime between 1930 and 1940.
But the statue turned out to be a LOT older than that. Appraiser James Callahan revealed the Amida Buddha figure was most likely made during the Ming dynasty, between 1368 and 1644.
According to Buddhism experts, the Amida is the Buddha of Eternal Life and Infinite Light and is one of the most important concepts in Shin Buddhism.
The sculpture's owner guessed it would be worth around $3,000 at most. So he was, of course, pleasantly surprised with that whopping auction estimate.
And fans on Twitter were equally shocked, with one user suggesting the owner go buy a lottery ticket after lucking out with this awesome find.
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