‘Antique’ jug was made by pupil
TV show Antiques Roadshow in America has been left red-faced after the ‘antique’ jug pictured was valued at up to $50,000 yet was actually a child’s art project. An episode of the show, filmed in Spokane, Washington, last summer showed the valuation of a distinctive jug belonging to Alvin Barr. Barr had found the jug a few years earlier in a barn during an estate sale. He paid $300 - despite the piece being covered in straw and chicken droppings. On the show, antique expert Stephen Fletcher, told him what it was worth. He said: “It’s bizarre and wonderful. You even see a little bit of Pablo Picasso going on here... I think it’s probably late 19th or early 20th century .. somebody might well ask in the area of between $30,000 and $50,000.” But Betsy Soule got in touch with the show after it broadcast and provided photographic evidence that she had actually made it at high school 40 years ago. Speaking to the Bend Bulletin, she said: “I was just a really passionate, artistic kid.” Fletcher has since downgraded his estimate for the jug’s value to between $3,000 and $5,000.