By Gia Vang
EUGENE, Ore. — Thousands of people went Saturday, but only one person ended up tying second place for most valuable find in show history at the Antiques Roadshow at the Lane County Fairgrounds. Appraisers say a gentleman brought a 1919 oil painting by Norman Rockwell, worth an estimated $500,000.
Show producers could not give us a name for the gentleman, but says he is a local to the Eugene area. Experts say they had two other notable finds. A 1935 Birger Sandzin oil on canvas, valued at $40,000 to $60,000. They also discovered an early 20th century Russian imperial officer’s sword, appraised between$75,000 to $100,000.
The most valuable find in Roadshow history is a Chinese Jade Collection discovered in North Carolina in 2010 and valued between $710,000 and $1,070,000.Saturday’s Eugene discovery ties for second place at $500,000 with a Palm Springs discovery from 2009 of a Clyfford Still oil painting.