13. Joseph Kleitsch painting – $500,000 (U.S. series, 2015)
Many artists’ works only become collectible after they’ve passed on. And while Joseph Kleitsch did find some recognition during his lifetime, the fact that his wife sold off one of his paintings for $100 after his death in 1939 suggests that he still had a ways to go. Well, that same painting turned up on a 2015 episode – and was valued at $500,000.
12. Norman Rockwell’s “The Little Model” – $500,000 (U.S. series, 2012)
It’s not uncommon for guests to bring in copies of famous paintings, but every once in a while, an original turns up. In one recent case, a lucky guest brought in what turned out to be an original Norman Rockwell piece. The 1919 painting, entitled “The Little Model,” ended up being valued at half a million dollars.