EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- "The Antiques Roadshow" has turned up an extraordinary treasure in Oregon: a 1919 Norman Rockwell painting estimated at $500,000.
The Register-Guard reports the artwork is a 1919 original oil-on-canvas painting by Rockwell titled "The Little Model." It was used on a cover of Collier's magazine. The painting shows a girl with a dog, posing in front of a fashion poster.
Officials with the popular TV series say the artwork is the second most valuable item appraised in the program's 15-year history. In the series, people meet with professional appraisers to find out how much their antiques are worth. The show was in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, filming three episodes.
The painting's owner told appraiser Nan Chisholm of Nan Chisholm Fine Art in New York City that it had been in the family for at least 90 years after Rockwell gave it to his great-grandmother.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com