Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

Dusty Old Painting Found Behind Office Door Is Worth $1 Million.

A Strange Thought

A Strange Thought

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He rubbed his fingers along the surface of the painting, feeling all of the whirls and grooves. He could even feel the artist's brushstrokes. It definitely felt like the painting was made with oil paint. Could it be worth something? He figured that it couldn't hurt to have it looked at. Even if the painting was worthless, the frame might be worth a few dollars.

Getting It Appraised

Getting It Appraised

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Rue immediately wrapped up the painting and headed to where the Antiques Roadshow was filming in the nearby town of Corpus Christi. It was there that the expert Colleene Fesko gave her opinion on the piece of art. Rue would be left speechless once he heard what she had to say.

Rugeley Ferguson Sr.

Rugeley Ferguson Sr.

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Rue didn't realize it at the time, but his father had already had the piece appraised in 1998. Just like Rue, he had a strange feeling one day and brought the painting to the curator of the San Antonio Museum of Art, where the authentication process began. But when Rugeley Ferguson Sr. was given the results, he was crushed.

A Fake Riviera

A Fake Riviera

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Unfortunately, the painting was deemed as a fake by the experts at the San Antonio Museum of Art because of an irregular signature in the right-hand corner. The signature said Diego Riviera, but it didn't match the signatures on the other paintings that he had done. So who was Diego Riviera, and why were his paintings worth so much money?

A National Treasure

A National Treasure

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Diego Riviera was actually one of the most significant political painters of the 20th century, and you can tell why. His paintings often showed the workers of Mexico - the laborers, brick-layers, and the farmers, who were considered to be the backbone of society by Riviera. Mexico now considers Riviera's paintings to be national treasures.

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