Jun 10, 2024 - News

Tell me, Antiques Roadshow, is this Grant Wood real?

A photo of a Grant Wood painting.

This 104-year-old painting was completed before Grant Wood established Stone City Art Colony. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

"Antiques Roadshow" is at Living History Farms today and I'm taking what is allegedly an original Grant Wood painting for valuation.

Catch up fast: I bought the painting on eBay for $6,100 in early 2021 as a congrats gift to myself for landing my gig at Axios Des Moines.

  • It hangs in my office, and I gaze at it for creative inspiration.

Zoom in: It's a small, untitled landscape that local appraiser Marie Louise Kane tells me may have been painted in France around 1920.

  • That was the year Wood — who grew up in Cedar Rapids and would have been around 29 at the time — first realized his long-held dream of a trip to Europe, per Kane.
  • The artist's signature is on the left hand bottom corner of the painting and Kane estimated its value for insurance purposes at $13,000.

The fine print: I don't know the provenance of the painting beyond the New York seller.

  • Kane also thinks the painting is the real deal, but she could be wrong.

State of play: Today's appraisals in Urbandale will produce three, one-hour long episodes for the series' 29th season next year, Demee Gambulos, a spokesperson for the show, tells Axios.

  • Appraisal tickets are distributed, and people without them can't get in.

What we're watching: If you've got tickets, we're interested to learn what you're taking.

  • Send us a pic — or say hello if you see me at LHF!
  • We'll have a follow up story tomorrow.
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