While Watching Antiques Roadshow, She Realized Something Big About Her 40-Year-Old Painting!
The owner of this 1959 Édouard Cortès oil painting was watching an episode of Antiques Roadshow. In the feedback booth, a gentleman was describing how his own Cortès painting was a fake. The owner realized she had seen that name many times before, so she sprinted downstairs to look at a painting that had been hanging on their wall for nearly 40 years. Sure enough, there was the signature!
The painting was originally owned by her grandparents who were both artists. It's a beautiful oil painting of a street scene in Paris. One of the interesting ways the painting was identified was by a pin mark Cortès used to establish the vanishing point. After close examination, they're able to locate the pin mark.
When all was said and done, the appraiser claims with near-certainty that the painting is indeed an authentic Cortès. Its value? A whopping $30,000-50,000!