I don't have an attic or any old Masters unfortunately BUT I do have a picture which I bought years ago that has a question mark hanging over it. I saw this picture on a website and loved it.
It wasn't attributed to anyone and it was described as a painting. The style looked kind of familiar but I had no idea who had painted it, I just knew I liked the image and wasn't bothered about putting a name to it. It was in a shop in London so Mark and I went along one weekend to have a look. As we looked at it, it became clear that this was actually a print, an old print but none the less it wasn't the painting it had been described as. Due to this, we got some money off and I was happy with my new picture.
Every once in a while over the years I would half heartedly try and find out who painted it until one day I was sitting down watching the tv and my picture appeared on screen! Well, I was shocked and a little annoyed as I was still no nearer to finding out who it was by. There was no mention of the artist, it wasn't even referred to, it was just hanging there. I knew that it must be by someone relatively famous but it would be another few months until I found out who. It happened whilst I was reading Homes and Antiques, I turned a page lo and behold my picture was staring back up at me and this time there was a name!
|La Loge au Mascaron Dore|
That is until the Antiques Roadshow came to Brighton and I decided to take my picture along just to see what the experts thought. After queuing for hours in the blazing sun, I finally got directed to the art department where I waited for another hour! All the time I was thinking that it was going to be worth the wait, they'd tell me what an amazing find it was, I'd be filmed for the show and start crying when I hear how much its worth because I'm so shocked and happy that I have a picture worth over a million pounds etc etc etc.
I will probably take it to the British museum one day and I'll let you know how I get on but for now I'm able to dream that I have a rare and one of a kind print that is worth millions!
p.s. It took me a while to get over the fact that I wasn't going to be on t.v and become an overnight sensation. I'm fine now and have accepted it ;)