1840 Alfred J. Miller Oil Painting
I bought it at an art auction at an estate sale about 22, 23 years ago. I did try to look it up on the internet, you know, like people do. And I came up with more Indian pictures by this person, if that is in fact who this is. And it hangs in the house, I've never dusted it. I'm a little embarrassed it's kind of dirty.
My kind of housekeeping. What did you pay for it?
It's a wonderful painting. It's by the American artist A.J. Miller. We can see the signature here. And Miller was one of the first artists-- he was born in the early 1800s-- to travel in the Rocky Mountains. The path that he was going was what we now call the Oregon Trail, and it was about in the 1830s. A lot of his pieces were commissioned by people. So they really didn't come out onto the market until after his death. And now within the last several decades we see more and more of his work coming out. It's lovely quality, in very good condition. And because of the popularity of the artist, and the popularity of the lost western landscape, I'd put a value on it of about $60,000 to $80,000.
Can I put this in my IRA account? (laughing)
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