This American folk art portrait of a young sea captain (circa 1790) is thought to be Aaron Delano, the owner’s fifth great-uncle who was lost at sea in 1794. It’s been hanging in the home and haunting her family for years—but not in a scary way. The owner says she’ll hear footsteps originating from the painting in an otherwise empty house. Then, the day they were taking the painting down for Antiques Roadshow, the ladder slipped from under the owner’s husband. No one was hurt and the couple laughed and chalked it up to Captain Delano being mischievous. According to appraiser Ken Farmer, the high value lies in the details in the painting, including the illustration of Captain Delano’s work, his tool, and the fine details of his clothing. For Americana and folk art collectors, its auction value of $8,000 to $10,000 is nothing to boo at. Don’t miss the secret messages in these 10 famous paintings.
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At the last minute, the owner decided to take this painting to Antiques Roadshow to get some more info about it. It’s a good thing she did because these adorable kittens are something to sing about! As it turns out, the painting titled “Kitten Symphony” was painted by Julius Adam II, a German painter well-known for painting cats and kittens, a skill he learned under his father, also an artist, Julius Adam Senior. Cats and dogs are extremely popular subjects with auction houses solely featuring cat or dog themes to collectors. David Weiss, the appraiser gave this circa 1885 painting an auction value of $8,000 to $12,000! Plus: Check out these 14 fortunes found in attics.