Dr. Jim Huffman took two weeks to decide and finally paid a little at a time to buy to 30-by-40 inch painting on layaway.
He told the Lexington Herald-Leader it was so dirty that he took it to a Cincinnati restoration expert for cleaning.
Huffman said when the artist’s name was uncovered, it was Robert Scott Duncanson, a noted 19th-century African-American painter.
The restoration expert appraised the work at $100,000.
Antique shop owner Dennis Pigg said he bought the painting at a northern Kentucky estate sale a few months earlier.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com
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