Owner Interview: Alfons Walde Oil Painting, ca. 1935
If I were to put an auction estimate on it, I'd put it at $200,000 to $300,000.
Oh, well that's terrible. Oh, it was such a nice picture to just sort of have around.
It's the nicest thing I've seen all day.
Wow, thank you very much, you've made my day.
Someone had told me that he had painted it over and over again, and for that I assumed that it was a tourist souvenir of the sort that gets knocked out over and over and over again, and that it wouldn't be very valuable. When I discovered it was very valuable, that was a shock. INTERVIEWER: Do you recall exactly what that value was?
No, and I don't want to. I wanna forget it quickly. I've enjoyed it, just as part of growing up, and as part of my bedroom. And all of a sudden I've got to look on it as a valuable piece of art, rather than just a joy to look at. But it is a joy to look at nevertheless. INTERVIEWER: He used that phrase he likes, he called it filthy dirty, do you think you'll go back home and have someone clean it up for you?
Maybe not right away. Because you'd have to do it right. He says it's in the original frame with the original nails. I was looking at the frame as I brought it in, and saying gee maybe we should've re-framed this. But apparently not, it's part of the game of Antiques Roadshow, I feel as though this is what we come here for, you know, this is what we dream of. We're gonna find this old thing and it's gonna be fabulously valuable and you're gonna learn more about it, and we did. And I'm grateful, thank you Antiques Roadshow.
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