Antiques Roadshow expert mistakenly values high school student's art piece at $50K



2016-05-11 10:05:10

The owner of this odd looking jug was surprised and delighted when an antiques expert valued it at between $30,000 and $50,000 on the US version of Antiques Roadshow-but the expert was sorely mistaken.

Alvin Barr had found the jug in a barn during an estate sale and though dubious about its value, forked out $300 for it. He brought the jug along to a filming of the Antiques Roadshow in Spokane, Washington where the antiques expert Stephen Fletcher called it 'bizarre and wonderful' before dating it to around the 19th/early 20th century, likening it to Pablo Picasso and valuing it at over $30,000. 

But he was wrong. The jug had in fact been made in the 1970s by a high school student called Betsy Soule who recognized her piece and contacted the show with photographic evidence to prove she had in fact made it. Fletcher has since downgraded the value to around $3,000.

Barr is happy with the lower value and was quoted as saying “I hated it when it was $30,000 to $50,000, because who wants $30,000 to $50,000 lying around their house? Now, it’s on my table, and I love it.”


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