Whenever we watch Antiques Roadshow, or Cash in the Attic or other shows like that, John gets a little annoyed with me because I am always yelling “sell it!” at the TV. In most cases the cash value of the object being appraised is far more interesting to me the object itself. And in some cases the objects are just plain ugly. But once on an episode of the short-lived “Find!” the Keno brothers were at a woman’s house and she had a painting my Martin Johnson Heade in her attic (or basement).
Now that Martin Johnson Heade that they found (wasn’t this one) sold for $800,000 when they took it to auction. A decidedly huge amount for shows like these. And it was the one time that I was really torn. $800,000 could buy many, many things. But to acutally own a Martin Johnson Heade.
|Marshfield Meadows, 1878
Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904)
The Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH