Antiques Roadshow host unearths $750 thousand Van Dyke painting

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We know and love Antiques Roadshow for its ability to rustle up incredible works of art, historical figurines and, at times, beloved but valueless family heirlooms, in attics and basements across Britain.
But one find from Father Jamie MacLeod piqued the interest of one of the show’s hosts Fiona Bruce, who spotted a familiar little feature in a painting he brought in.
Despite bearing the artist’s name, Anthony Van Dyke, on the piece’s wooden frame, there were doubts over whether it was actually an original piece from the man himself, and whether his original artwork could lie beneath canvas.
Fiona Bruce has a ‘hunch’ on Antiques Roadshow. (Nine)
“When I saw this, something about the eyes and the way you can see the bone under the nose here, it just looked similar to the kind of paintings I’d been looking at, so I thought, ‘Who knows, it could be?’,” Fiona said.
BBC art expert Phillip Mould added: “It’s as off-piste as you get but if this is to be by Van Dyck there’s only one way of finding out.
“The question is, are you prepared to commission a process of cleaning and restoration, by which paint is radically removed but later could reveal what I hope could be an original work beneath.”
After months of painstaking work to restore the painting to its original form, art experts concluded that the work was, in fact, an original Anthony Van Dyke, and that it was worth over $AUD750,000.

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Father MacLeod burst into laughter and smiled after being told the news, where he admitted, “I’m just completely in shock”.
He then explained that he still planned to sell the artwork to buy new bells for his chapel to help commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the First World War.