I think Steve is on track. The right artist could use flourescent paint and black velvet to produce a master piece. Or if he is a good networking smoozer like Andy Warhol he can convince the right people that this really is folk art and it has just been overlooked as flea market art all these years.
I can just hear it now ..."this $50,000 piece is an early Dali found in the back of a garage. No, no dawling not Salvador Dali, I mean that great newly discovered velvet artist Sandra Dolly.
Good question blansky. It is the standard because "they" say it is.