Antiques Roadshow guest shares chilling tale of haunted picture worth thousands

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An Antiques Roadshow guest recounted a spine-tingling story about her family's "haunted" painting.

Expert Ken Farmer was shown a stately portrait of Aaron Delano, the fifth great-grand uncle of the elderly guest. The woman shared that the painting had been in her family for generations, handed down from her grandmother to her parents, and then to her.

She revealed: "We believe that he is, through both research and word of mouth, that he was the youngest sea captain in the New England area. He was born in 1767 and unfortunately, he passed away, lost at sea in 1794."

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She went on to say that during his life, it was thought that Delano traded along the coast of New England, sailing from Plymouth and Nantucket to somewhere in Nova Scotia. Then, she disclosed the chilling aspect of the painting.

"Over the years, we have decided as a family that he's probably haunted", she admitted. "When I was a teenager in my home, when my parents got him, they'd hang him in the front stairway and I would swear that I could hear him open and close the front door, walk up the stairs and walk down the hall.", reports the Mirror.

"And I would think it was my father or my mother coming home and I'd go out and there was no one there. My older sister also experienced the walking sound in the hallway. When I was taking the picture down to bring it here, my husband was helping me."

He was on the ladder and suddenly, the ladder slipped and he exclaimed: 'Oh!

First thing he said was: 'Oh Aaron'"."

Antiques Roadshow guest's tragic story of haunted portrait worth a fortune
Antiques Roadshow guest shares tragic story of ‘haunted’ portrait worth a small fortune -Credit:PBR

Antiques Roadshow expert Ken Farmer shared his insights: "It's as much an illustration of his occupation as anything else. But he's very handsome, he's young. I love his face and the way that's painted and I love the patterned cloth on his vest. There, he's using the tools of his trade. That looks like a map and that instrument is an octant which means that it would do an eighth of a circle."

He pointed out that it was somewhat unusual for an oil painting to be behind glass but was convinced that she had "something that's very extraordinary in terms of what appeals to people who collect Americana and folk art".

Farmer continued: "We don't know who the artist is, because lots of times, these artists were itinerant, and we don't know who a lot of them were. Just in the condition that it's in right now, it's got paint loss, if you look right here, I think there's actually some film on the glass. But most importantly, there's no loss in his face or in the instruments, and the detail of the painting that I think really makes it valuable. And so after much conversation at the folk art table, we feel like at an auction, in as-is condition, its value would be £7,000 to £8,000."