American artist Eanger Irving Couse started his successful career drawing members of the Chippewa tribe when he was just a boy.
And we're guessing he never would have dreamed one of his works of art would be this valuable today.
"I would say a retail replacement value would be about $75,000," said appraiser Betty Krulik on "Antiques Roadshow."
"Oh, good! Yeah, great! Terrific. It's a little more than I thought, and that's wonderful," said Ellie, the painting's owner.
"Good," said Betty.
"He's worthy," said Ellie.
Worthy is right! This oil painting's owner, Ellie, brought the piece on this week's episode of "Antiques Roadshow" to have it appraised.
And judging from the surprised look on her face, we're guessing she had no idea the painting was worth so much.
Ellie told the "Roadshow" appraiser her mother-in-law purchased the piece back in 1930 because she loved paintings of Native Americans, and it's been in her family ever since.
And, turns out, Couse painted it not long before that purchase. The appraiser determined the piece must have been created sometime between the late 1920s and early 1930s because of the modern painting style.
And, because Couse permanently moved to Santa Fe and Taos in the 1920s, the painting must have been done in one of those two places.
Fans on Twitter were loving how adorable Ellie was during her appraisal. And we loved her even more after hearing what she plans to do with her $75,000 painting ...
"Go right back on the wall. It will eventually go to, you know, family. Keep it in the family."
Ah, "Antiques Roadshow" family values, gotta love it.
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