Late 19th-Century Albert Neuhuys Watercolor
Appraised Value: $1,000 - $1,500 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (2:58)
Paintings & Drawings, Rugs & Textiles
APPRAISER: You must be the youngest collector that I've seen.
GUEST: I think so.
APPRAISER: What kinds of things do you like to collect?
GUEST: I like glass, sterling silver and art.
APPRAISER: What's the coolest thing you've ever found?
GUEST: I think it's... a big sterling silver tray.
APPRAISER: Where do you find this stuff?
GUEST: This junky auction down in my town.
APPRAISER: Do you like to keep it?
GUEST: I like to sell it online.
APPRAISER: You like to sell it. So you like buying and selling things?
GUEST: Big time.
APPRAISER: Have you made a lot of money selling silver, you said?
GUEST: Well, I want to sell in September, so...
APPRAISER: Okay, because the price fluctuates, so you kind of keep up with when silver is up and when silver's down.
APPRAISER: That's good. So what did you bring today?
GUEST: This piece was found at an auction down in South Jersey. It was so hot there, my dad didn't want to stay to get it, but I wanted to, so we waited an hour or so. We got it for two bucks.
APPRAISER: Two bucks?
GUEST: I thought it was a watercolor, but we couldn't tell because of the UV glass.
APPRAISER: You're right, it's a watercolor. And you were showing me earlier that it's signed down here. Do you know what it says?
GUEST: I only know "Albert."
APPRAISER: Albert is the first part of the name, and this part is Neuhuys. Albert Neuhuys. Neuhuys was one of the Dutch painters. He was born in 1844 and he died in 1914. And I think your watercolor was probably done in the last quarter of the 19th century. He's from Holland, and there are a lot of other good painters from Holland who are working at this time. Bernard Pothast is one, Jozef IsraŽls is one. They did a lot of these scenes with a mother and one child or two children in an interior just like this, showing family life.
APPRAISER: You paid two dollars.
APPRAISER: What do you think it might be worth today?
GUEST: 150 bucks.
APPRAISER: 150 bucks? I think it's worth $150. I think it's more than $150. Today, if your Albert Neuhuys watercolor came to an auction, it would probably sell for between $1,000 and $1,500.
GUEST: (imitates explosion)
APPRAISER: That's a lot of money.
APPRAISER: Not bad for two bucks. So I think you've got a great career going as an art dealer.
GUEST: I know.
APPRAISER: You should keep at it.
GUEST: Yeah. I think I'm going to be rich.
APPRAISER: Well, if you keep buying things like this, I think you got a good chance at being rich. You got a head start.
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