Oops — ‘Antiques Roadshow’ Makes $50,000 Mistake

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SPOKANE, Wash. -- Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between what's real and what's a knockoff, even for the people who are supposed to be the experts in spotting fakes.

The folks at Antiques Roadshow have built quite a reputation when it comes to finding above average value in what appears to be run-of-the-mill household items. But recently, they admitted they were duped, not by something two-faced but something six-faced.

It was a piece called the Grotesque Face Jug composed of six contorted faces. And its owner's face was all smiles once the appraiser let him know it was a late 19th century or early 20th century piece that was worth $50,000.

He originally bought it at a yard sale for $300. But unfortunately, it was too good to be true. Word eventually got to the creator of the jug who let the show know that it was actually something she had made in high school in the 70s.

That brought the price from a max of $50,000 to a max of $5,000.

But there's no reason for the owner to have a long face, $5,000 is still a pretty good return on investment for a $300 piece of art that was made by a high schooler.

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