A postcard-size painting bought at an auction around 10 years ago by a man—whom passed it on to along to son—is an original John Constable painting worth $400,000, Reuters reports.
The art went through the ringer before being certified authentic, as Curtis Dowling, an art dealer and art-forgery expert, scrutinized the work for about nine months prior to authenticating it. While the painting had several owners, this is its first time on the market.
John Constable is famous for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale, which is now known as Constable Country. The Hay Wain, painted in 1821, is Constable’s most acclaimed painting, as millions of prints of it adorn walls around the world.
"It's a fairly standard stock sort of Constable painting. It's quite interesting in that it's small, which you don't see that often. It's something we've never seen before ... It's really actually been quite a lost item," Dowling said.