‘An­tique’ jug was made by pupil

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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.

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