'Antiques Roadshow': 'Ugly' Painting Bought For $2.50 Could Fetch Up To $100,000 (VIDEO)

05/22/2012 03:01 am ET

It's that fantasy that so many people have had. Let's face it, the general public doesn't know a lot about fine art, and certainly doesn't know a lot of esteemed artists by name or by their work. As such, there are valuable paintings found in the most unlikeliest of places. That's why a man brought two paintings he'd picked up for $5.00 to "Antiques Roadshow" (Mon., 8 p.m. ET on PBS).

He'd bought the paintings a few years back at a farm auction together for $5.00. One of the paintings he rather liked, but he called the other one "ugly." So imagine his surprise when it was the "ugly" painting that caught the appraiser's eye.

She identified the painting as the work of William Victor Higgins, an American painter from the early 1900s. "It would sell in the range of $75,000," she told the man. If it were cleaned up, she could see it going for closer to $100,000. To say the man was stunned would be an understatement.

The good news is he could keep the painting he liked better -- it wasn't worth much -- and make a tidy profit off of its "ugly" counterpart. That's a win-win.

"Antiques Roadshow" uncovers new finds every Monday at 8 p.m. ET on PBS.

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