Ah, Antiques Roadshow. That shit you’d watch with your mom on Saturday nights when nothing else was on TV. Who hasn’t fantasized about buying some old piece of porcelain crap at a yard sale, only to discover it’s worth $80k? Finally, you can afford that brand new set of teeth!
Kanye West’s cousin’s husband (seriously) realized he’d been sitting on a gold mine, and brought some of Yeezy’s teenage art into The Roadshow. He collected the pieces after Kanye’s mom died in 2007. Side note: When I imagine one of Kanye’s cousins, I don’t envision this guy as his husband. But hey, families are a complicated mosaic.
Here’s the clip:
Kanye isn’t only a serious artiste, but he’s a future seer too, because that one on the left might be his artistic interpretation of getting his soul taken by Kris Jenner. As for what Antiques Roadshow appraiser Laura Woolley thinks, she said this:
“I think these pieces demonstrate an extraordinary facility as an artist,” Woolley says in a segment that aired on Monday on PBS. Up for consideration were two drawings in graphite, a painting in gouache, and two scratchboard works—“all really exceptionally well-done,” in Woolley’s opinion.
The expert had more to say on how much this shit was worth:
On the subject of art made by stars before they were famous, Woolley says the market can fluctuate: “We see the values rise and fall along with the popularity of a celebrity.” Then she’s bullish about the future for West. “Despite the fact that some people might say he’s a controversial figure with his opinions and his career,” she says, “I don’t think anyone can deny the fact that he has extraordinary talent, and I think that in time I would expect these to continue to appreciate.”
The largest work on display, a drawing of an abstracted man in shackles, she appraises as worth between $6,000 and $8,000 at auction. A smaller drawing she puts at $2,000–$3,000, with additional $3,000–$5,000 for a little painting of a face and then $5,000-$7,000 for a pair of scratchboard renderings of scenes in the woods.
That’s a total of $16,000-$23,000. If teenage art is going for that much, it’s time to bust out my ol’ 2003 charcoal sketches of Chad Michael Murray! The bidding will start at a modest $1,000? Anybody? Hmmm? Literally anyone! Please, I’m begging you.