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    Original Billboard Artwork, ca. 1946

    Appraised Value:

    $800 - $1,000 (1999)

    Updated Value:

    $1,800 - $2,000 (2013)

    Appraised on: August 21, 1999

    Appraised in: Providence, Rhode Island

    Appraised by: Rudy Franchi

    Category: Collectibles

    Episode Info: Providence (#1825)
    Providence (#407)

    Originally Aired: February 21, 2000

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    Form: Painting
    Material: Oil
    Period / Style: 1940s
    Value Range: $800 - $1,000 (1999)
    Updated Value: $1,800 - $2,000 (2013)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:08)


    Appraised By:

    Rudy Franchi

    Heritage Auctions

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: This piece my dad gave me about 27 years ago when I first moved to Rhode Island. I know it's an original oil painting by Philip Lyford. He is a famous artist and he painted some things during World War I. He's very famous for "Flanders Field," and I know it was painted as a billboard to go on top of a building.

    GUEST: That's all we know.

    APPRAISER: Well, it is an original oil work. It's the master for a billboard. Narragansett beer, of course, was an institution here in Rhode Island. He did a lot of work for Saturday Evening Post. He is one of the journeymen artists. This billboard actually was on display here on top of one of the local buildings and is, I'm sure, well remembered by many of the local people in Providence. And it dates most likely from the late '40s. There's a lot of people now collecting original artwork for advertising and illustration. As a matter of fact, there's some major auctions in New York on a regular basis. And I'd put a value on this piece of $800 to $1,000.

    GUEST: Wow. Great. That's terrific.

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