AN ANTIQUES Roadshow guest had the last laugh as she learnt the staggering truth behind a painting her husband doubted was worth more that £50.
The BBC show took a trip to Scotland where they were joined by a host of collectors coming to get their antiquities evaluated.
As they filmed in the scenic surroundings of Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, art expert Grant Ford took a good look at the lady's bold and bright painting.
Giving it the once over he reported back: "From the sun-drenched gardens of Edinburgh to the sun-drenched streets of France.
"This vibrant oil on board with beautiful colour is signed lower right ‘D.Bain 46’.
"Of course it’s by the well known Scottish 20th-century artist Donald Bain."
He asked the owner: "Now, what’s its story?"
She replied: "Well, I’ve known the painting for just over 20 years."
Before going on to explain the painting previously hung in her office and was given to her as a gift when she retired.
"What a lovely retirement present!," exclaimed Grant.
The owner continued: "I just love the colours and the sky is so nice and blue.
"I don’t know, it’s just summery, it’s bright, it’s cheerful."
Grant went on to tell the crowd the work was by well-known Scottish artist Donald Bain, who was hugely influenced by France and French artists.
He added: "He loved Matisse and he loved Cézanne. You can definitely see that Cézanne colour."
Moving on, the expert said: "So, absolutely lovely and in really gorgeous condition. Now, do you have any idea of value?"
To which the woman replied: "Truthfully, no.
"My husband thinks it’s worth about £50."
Laughing, Grant quipped: "That sounds like he doesn’t like this picture."#
But she assured him: "No, he does actually. He has come to like it as it’s been hanging on the wall for a while."
Grant continued as he prepared to give the all important valuation: "I think most people would love to own this Donald Bain and I think it’s a really commercial, vibrant, colourful example by him.
"It’s certainly worth at least £800 to £1,200."
Cleared shocked by the amount, the owner responded: "That’s unbelievable!"
"Certainly something to hang on to because I can see it going up," advised Grant.
Antiques Roadshow is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
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