Sitting in a corner, out of view and wrapped up for decades, the owners of a Paul Henry painting of a bog road in Connemara had no idea it was worth a small fortune until they took it to the BBC's 'Antiques Roadshow' programme.
Believing the 'The Bog Road' was only worth a couple of hundred pounds, they were flabbergasted to learn it was potentially worth in excess of £40,000.
The owners of the painting are the Toone family, the grandchildren of William Toone who founded Castle Park School in Dalkey. The painting was purchased directly from Paul Henry in 1938. Since then, the painting has never been displayed in public and is described by experts as highly desirable.
Art auctioneers say their business remains relatively buoyant, in spite of a gloomy economy. James O’Halloran, managing director of Adams Auctioneers believes the painting will meet, if not exceed its valuation of between €40,000 and €60,000, when it is sold at auction in Dublin.
An RTÉ News report by Ray Kennedy broadcast on 10 October 2010.