Missing Painting Found in 'Stuart Little' Set Background

An art historian recognized the avant-garde Hungarian painting, missing since 1928.
1:48 | 11/30/14

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Finally tonight, history solved. The painting in a children's movie that immediately caught one art historian's eye. The missing masterpiece, hidden in plain sight behind that little mouse, Stuart little. Nick watt with the story tonight. Reporter: "Stuart little" is a masterpiece of family entertainment, and that, above the fireplace between geena Davis and Hugh Laurie, turns out that's a long lost masterpiece. Least seen in 1928, spotted one Christmas by Hungarian art historian who was watching "Stuart little "With his daughter. I went to the TV and tried to clean the screen. Is it reel? Reporter: It is. That historian tracked it down to an assistant set designer on the movie, who liked it so much she bought it from the studio when the movie wrapped. The long lost work of Hungarian avant-garde painter Robert bereny. Miracles do happen, this was stuffed behind a couch in Buffalo for years, a michaelangelo, worth $300 million. This doodle, picked up at a Vegas yard sale for five bucks. It's only a multimillion-dollar Warhol. What about this little Chinese bowl I bought for $3.50? Certainly before 1872. Reporter: Really? It's old. It's Chinese, and I like it. The reality, you'll probably not get more than $5 or $10 for it. Reporter: But in our "Stuart little" watching Hungarian historian says there are perhaps hundreds more multimillion-dollar gems out there, just waiting to be discovered. Meanwhile, the Stuart little bereny, a cheap prop picked up at a Pasadena antique store for $500, is about to go under the hammer, and expected to fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars. Nick watt, ABC news, los Angeles. Time to start checking out paintings and antiques at home.

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