Art world's newest star is still in third grade

Oct. 14, 2010 at 10:07 AM ET

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Every parent thinks the drawings and paintings their children do are brilliant masterpieces, but 8-year-old Autumn de Forest is raising that bar pretty high. Some of her paintings have fetched nearly $250,000 at auction and her work displays both a strikingly mature mastery of the medium and a remarkable versatility  -- and all without any formal instruction. Autumn and her parents were in the studio with Matt Lauer this morning to discuss how she discovered her gift. Read more about this little artist’s story here and see her artwork in this slideshow.

As parents, as much as you may be cheering on little Autumn, it’s hard not to think to yourselves, “Heck, my kid could do that!” Do you think your own children have the propensity to turn out museum-quality artwork? What are your thoughts on Autumn’s story?  Watch the video and share your thoughts in the comments section below.