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This Antique Appraiser Said A High School Art Project Was Worth $50,000


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Alvin Barr, a Florence, Oregon resident, found the jug at an estate sale in Eugene covered in dirt, straw, and chicken poop, he said in a January episode of Antiques Roadshow on PBS.

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He took one look at this ugly mug and just had to have it. He paid $300 for it.

He estimated the jug could have been created as far back as the late 19th or early 20th century.


Barr told Fletcher he was afraid he had overpaid for the jug.

Soule, who is now a horse trainer in Oregon, told The Bend Bulletin she was shocked to learn one of her high school art projects could be worth $300.

"I was just a really passionate, artistic kid," she told the newspaper. "I don't know where those faces came from; they just came roaring out of me onto those pots."

"Obviously, I was mistaken as to its age by 60 to 80 years," he said.

"I feel the value at auction, based on its quality and artistic merit, is in the $3,000-$5,000 range.

"Still not bad for a high schooler in Oregon."

Leticia Miranda is a retail reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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