Some of the Most Valuable and Interesting Antiques Roadshow Finds – 4allMindsAndBodies


Some of the Most Valuable and Interesting Antiques Roadshow Finds

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In the mid 1990’s, PBS reinvented how we view antiques and what we consider worth cash and what is junk collecting. PBS created a show that has lasted 20 years and still going strong. We will go through and show you some of the more interesting finds on Antique roadshow.  Telling the difference is not as simple as you may think. It takes special skills and a lot of studying to be able to tell the difference between someone who has a fine art degree and your regular Joe who collects free junk from the junkyard. Appraising is a fine art on it’s own. The value of an item can change at any time. You have to understand the market value of certain items because they go up and down and it’s a trending market.

Date When it was Appraised

Always save a note somewhere and when you had it appraised and where. This will tell what it was worth at this date and how you can tell value over time and help the next appraiser gauge a specific value of an item. Understand the context in what the appraiser says. Something is different if it is sold at an auction, for replacement value, retail prices are different from both prices and so on. This is how it is value depending on where it is sold. If sold at an auction usually get about half of what its actual value is, where is it at store you will get retail value which is usually what the insurance value is.

What is an Appraisal

An appraisal is a document that is looked over by a qualified expert and it is legally the value of the item. These are some of the things that are looked at when finding an appraisal of a specific item:
Research into the history of the item
How was it constructed and made for its time.
Is it able to prove that it is an authentic piece or item?
A person’s knowledge of a specific antique category is a huge part of appraising an object.

The Baseball Cards Find

A group of 1970’s Baseball cards were discovered in August of 2014. They were appraised at 1 million dollars from the Boston Red Stockings. The actual owner doesn’t want to be named, but is thrilled at the find. The huge group was brought to the show’s taping in New York City by someone who got them when her great great grandmother passed away. She had run a boarding house in the city of Boston at that time and the team lived there. The signatures were easy to get for her.

Surprise Value Necklace

This classy and completely unique Antique Roadshow special item is an Art Smith silver necklace created around 1960.
The story behind this necklace begins a guest telling the story of it being there’s mother’s necklace and she never wore it and she got it from her mother. She bought it in Greenwich Village, and it was bought in the early 1960s. It was bought directly from the artist who created it, Art Smith. He was famous as a jeweler in the 1950s and lived in Greenwich Village in a studio. They estimated the value at $10,000 to $15,000 at an auction.

More Stunning Expensive Jewelry

This yellow canary color diamond in the middle with clear-cut diamond surrounding it was appraised back in the 2006 season. Is estimated to go for 75000 to 100000 at an auction. Now 11 years later it would be worth lot more than what it originally was going for. It is a family heirloom that was passed down from generation the generation since the 1930s. It is definitely a true family heirloom.

Ruby and Diamond Necklace

The guest on this show said that their mothers friend gave it to them about 15 years ago back when appraised in 2013. Her husband had given it to her to remember him by and it was passed down to the guest after time. The guest’s mom I was living in a condo and the post office delivers things there usually to the front door but this time they went to the garage door so she doesn’t know how long it was actually sitting there. It was quite risky being an uninsured piece of jewelry just sitting on the cold hard ground in the driveway. She found it when she went to water the plants one day. The piece was made around 1918 to 1920 with baguette diamonds which indicates Art Deco period. It was appraised at 80 to 100 thousand at an auction.

Tiffany’s Necklace

This was 18 karat peridot and diamond gold necklace a guest got from someone they went to church with. She didn’t have any family so she gave it to a close church member. The appraisal says it will will go for 20 to 30 thousand in an auction.
Marital Broach

This was a late 16th century marriage brooch that was appraised at $50 to $60,000. The guest got it from their mother who got it from their parents and it goes all the way back 2 the guests great-grandfather who worked at shipyard during the first World War. When the war ended he went around the world picking up souvenirs this one he found in Paris, France in 1923. Arnold Seligmann sold it to him with a bill of sale and he was very known collector of prized pieces of art and jewels.

From the Famous Charles Loloma Collection in 1975

The guest came on the show in 2015 with this piece from Charles Loloma that was appraised between $25,200 – $32,600. The guest bought it from him who was a personal and dear friend for $3500 at the time.

From Cartier Cufflinks from 1925

Back in the 2014 season, the guest brought in these Cartier Cufflinks. They were estimated to be valued at $5,000 – $7,000 at an auction. They are Art Deco Cufflinks gotten from the show’s guest from a friend of his in Saint Louis. He had gotten them about a decade ago. That friend used to sell jewelry and the guest would wear them off and on. They are even patented with registry numbers from France.