'Antiques Roadshow' Accidentally Values High School Student's Art Project at $50,000

Betsy Soule made the vase in the 1970s.

Alvin Barr was ecstatic when he was told by Antiques Roadshow that a vase he bought at an estate sale for just $300 was worth as much as $50,000.

But his joy was short-lived.

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The handmade piece, covered in straw and chicken droppings when Barr bought it, turned out to be a high school art project made in 1973 by Betsy Soule in Oregon. 

The rather large and homely pot was initially identified as a late 19th-century or early 20th-century piece. 

But Soule contacted the series after a friend messaged her that her high school creation was on Antiques Roadshow.

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The show has since revalued the vase at $3,000 to $5,000.

Still, not bad for a high school art project. 

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