A Sydney man has tried to pretend a painting worth $55,000 is not out of his reach.

Lyle Stubbs was looking at the abstract piece with his date when he called over a gallery assistant to enquire about cost.

“If I’m honest, I thought it’d be worth about $500 dollars,” the 32 year old admitted to Double Bay Today.

But he didn’t flinch when finding out he was off the mark by $54,500.

“It might actually look good in my lounge room,” he said to his date after finding out the cost.

It’s understood he continued pondering the artwork for another 20 seconds, before leaving the gallery empty handed.