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Antiques Roadshow Items That Made Owners Crazy Rich

Antiques Roadshow Items That Made Owners Crazy Rich


It’s the kind of thing everyone has dreamed
about: you’re digging around in grandma’s attic when you stumble across an old knick
knack that’s actually worth a pantload of greenbacks. Sometimes, though, the fantasy becomes reality. Here are some Antiques Roadshow finds that
mad owners crazy rich. Collected by the owner’s father in the 1930s
and ’40s on two visits to China, this collection included four pieces from the 18th-century. The owner was hoping for a nice valuation,
but even she was stunned when appraiser Jim Callahan delivered the verdict. “For a total amount of between seven hundred
and ten thousand to one million seventy thousand.” “…DAMN!” Many people keep artwork on their walls behind
their doors; it’s a pretty normal thing. It might be a Reservoir Dogs poster if you’re
a single man, or a framed picture that says “Life is just a chair of bowlies” if you are
a grandma. What most people don’t hang behind their doors
are million-dollar lost paintings by the great Latin-American artists of the 20th century. But this owner from a 2012 visit to Corpus
Christi isn’t most people. His great-grandparents bought a painting in
Mexico in 1930 and subsequently hung it in their house behind a door. What they didn’t know was that this was actually
an early painting by a teenaged Diego Rivera from 1904, who would go on to be one of the
most prominent painters in Mexican history, famous both for his murals and also for being
married to Frida Kahlo. Needless to say, he was pretty surprised to
learn just what he had. “I would be putting a retail estimate on
the piece of between eight hundred thousand dollars and a million dollars.” “SERIOUSLY?!” Every baseball card collector dreams of finding
the ultimate score, but nobody will ever be able to beat the lucky owner who brought her
family’s collection to the show in 2014. In 1871, her great-great-grandmother had hosted
Boston’s first professional baseball team, the Red Stockings. As a gift, they gave her a complete set of
team baseball cards, along with a signed letter from the team. Appraiser Leila Dunbar was so blown away by
the collection, which was unlike any previously known to exist, that she got choked up delivering
the verdict. “I would insure it for at least one million
dollars!” “It is the greatest archive I have ever
had at the Roadshow.” Perhaps needless to say, military artifacts
and memorabilia are a very popular category of antique on both the U.S. and U.K. versions
of Antiques Roadshow. As a result, it should come as no surprise
that the highest ticket item in the history of the U.K. show — ringing in at £1 million,
or just over $1.3 million — is a military item. Well, sort of. Actually, it’s a delicate flower, crafted
by legendary jeweler Peter Carl Faberge. The flower was gifted to an army regiment
in the early 1900s by Georgina, Countess of Dudley, in honor of their service in South
Africa. “I’m going to tell you in my opinion, that
this is worth a million pounds.” “Whoa!” “Goodness gracious!” Let’s be super clear about one thing just
right up top: absolutely do not under any circumstances buy anything made from rhino
horns ever for any reason. Rhinos are endangered, and the chief reason
is people hunting them for their horns. Rhino horns: just say no. That said, one man in Tulsa discovered his
collection of rhino horn cups was worth a fortune back in 2011. He began collecting them in the ’70s, spending
a total of about $5,000 for several Chinese libation cups from the 17th and 18th centuries. So he was pretty shocked to hear just how
much they had increased in value. “A conservative number would be between
a million and a million five hundred thousand dollars for this group.” “Serious?” PBS later gave an update indicating that after
the appraisal, Chinese officials began cracking down on the trade of anything made with rhino
horns. As a result, the market tanked, even for ancient
art objects like these. When sent to auction, three of the five cups
failed to sell at all, while the other two fetched the low end of their estimate range
— which was still good for $300,000. China has since reversed their position, though,
so who knows what value fluctuations are yet to come. Though most people these days just use their
phone to tell time, there’s still a big demand for well made watched. In 2004, a man visited the roadshow with a
Patek Philippe watch handed down to him from his great-grandfather that had cool features
like a calendar that accounted for leap years and a moon-phase indicator. Appraiser Paul Hartquist basically lost his
mind, but in the way you’d expect a person to lose his mind on PBS: very calmly intoning
that it was the finest watch he had ever seen. “This watch, at auction, I suspect would
bring close to a quarter million dollars.” “No…” However, it was later discovered that this
watch was literally one of a kind, as the special features were made just for this singular
example. That drove the price up dramatically, and
in 2016, it brought $1.5 million at auction. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Grunge videos about your favorite
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Reader Comments

  1. A friend of mine (who is a professional antiquities appraiser) cannot watch Antiques Roadshow due to the high "Nonsense Quotient" its appraisals exhibit (pun intended). "That painting/sculpture/antique is only worth $1,000,000 when the bank you deposit the check into tells you the check has cleared. And saying something will bring a million dollars on a good day at auction only goes to show you don't spend much time at auction houses, or that you are deliberately trying to mislead folks for the sake of high drama.

  2. I don't get it. Worth that much money to who? Why would you pay so much for an ornament? It doesn't do anything but collect dust.

  3. American antiques road show? Hahahaha, yeah ok , just watch the original English one, atleast its believable ,

  4. I wouldn’t say crazy rich… I’d say very well off. When you say crazy rich, you mean never ever have to work or worry about money again.

    While I’d love to have that kind of a payday, that kind of money would need to be put into a retirement fund to ensure a minimal change in lifestyle 25 years from now when I retire. That would mean still working until then.

    So no… Not crazy rich.

  5. I have a picture of Hulk Hogan shaking hands with Mother Theresa. The photo is signed by Billy Ray Cyrus. Anybody know what it's worth?

  6. +1 for the content (even if most of it was American — there are YouTube viewers outside America, didn't you know that?), -2 for the annoying, needless, intrusive pop music track.

  7. Ok I watched the fuckin video YouTube. Please stop putting it in my feed. For real I seen this video in my feed for a week.

  8. I knew a guy in key West, his wife was a nurse in China in the 30's these people were old.
    I had a chance to buy Ivory from the turn of the century.
    I didn't think it was worth it. Later they died and no idea about the collection. I assume that the people renting the apt got it.
    Sadly I could have bought 100,000 for maybe 10k
    With provanace
    Dumb.

  9. That's aptly named: grunge. It's a pity that the English-originated show morphed into a dollar hunt in the U.S. Shame.

  10. I guessed this would be the US version "crazy rich" we just say rich in the UK! BTW some of those American antiques are over 20 years old!

  11. I once found an old small table with a map under the glass top in an old abandoned school house down in a small town in Texas. I lifted the glass and got the map out successfully and it was of south Texas and Louisiana with New Orleans dated 1878 it hangs on my wall now. I wish AR would come around my town Is have it appraised.

  12. $250k… ends up selling for $1.5M. How did an expert not realize that feature was one a kind. The engineering to pull that off in such a small piece is amazing.

  13. so happy to hear rhino horn artifacts "tanked". with all the greed and glut that's destroying our planet i was like, "wow, someone actually put the value of nature over that of money…" but no, even that moral victory is ripped from us.

  14. You didn't need to include the Rhino horn cups. You should have instead included the helmet the new home owners found stashed in the attic that fetched over $250,000 in the early days of the show.

  15. China probably said that just to buy the ivory stuff back cheap, then raise the price again once they own it, sneaky😑

  16. makes me furious when objects are said to be made by Carl Faberge, he owned the greatest jevelry makinking business that ever existed but the dude didn't do shit, not one single object has ever been found that was actually made by carl faberge, he had the best workmasters tho, THEY designed and made those beautiful objects.

  17. I love this show even as a child I watched it and my uncle thought it was weird

    idc uncle… this show is awesome

  18. Somebody doing an appraisal doesn't make anybody "crazy rich."  This video is just a commercial for the TV show.

  19. I still remember the time a man brought in a Navaho Chieftan's blanket from the 1860s, which hung for years over the back of a chair in his home. The appraiser called it a national tresure and said its value was at least half a million dollars.

  20. Ugh! Why does this need to be narrated? Just show the segments and what the hell is that god awful music? Unwatchable.

  21. I believe I may have priceless vases from the Ming Dynasty.
    First clue is that all the vases have "Made in China" on them.

  22. Very cool! My grandad gave me a oil painting by some artist I think called Norm Rockwall not sure it's in a closet, but maybe I should get it checked out?

  23. China sucks. Evil vicious government. Reversed its ruling on sale of rhino horns? Why? Because some Asian men believe they help their tiny d*cks get an erection? Their policies & crazy barbaric treatment of animals is heartbreaking.

  24. I have an old William Saroyan book, called "The Human Comedy. It belonged to my grandmother. I saw one exactly like it on Amazon, and they want $134.11 for it. I'd like to sell mine!

  25. Is 1 million "crazy rich" these days? It's a hell of a lot of money, but…"crazy rich?" Damian Lillard just signed a max NBA contract for 196 million. That's crazy rich.

  26. Just sticking a price on something doesn't make it so There has to be a willing buyer willing to pay the price

  27. I have a Shogun dating the years 1192
    It is the first Shogun of the Kamakura shogunate
    It is of bronze weighting about 8 kgs of solid bronze I want to restore it to Japan historical museum
    I do not know how to proceed

  28. 40 years ago, we found a family photo album in Globe, AZ that dated from the mid to late 1800's. We tried for years to locate the family, finally gave up and donated it. It's in the photography collection of the National Museum of Black American history and Culture, D.C. I also had a postcard written by H.P. Lovecraft to Robert E. Howard. Donated that to the Howard museum in Cross Plains, TX. That's where stuff like that belongs.

  29. I collect pocket watches and my sister bought one at a garage sale for 5 bucks and gave it to me. I had it appraised and the appraiser said it was worth 800 bucks cause it was made out of old gold!

  30. It's hard to imagine being so rich that you could buy million dollar watches. I'd sell the antique In a heart beat and retire

  31. Meh….reality check ahead:
    Folks, the problem I have with this show is you have to remember that just because some never-before-heard-of/never-to-be-seen-again person from Antiques Roadshow says something is worth a "million zillion jillion" dollars doesn't mean that's what you're going to get for it! They can appraise something all day long to the nth power but unless you've got someone willing to pay that quoted value (which odds of happening are slim and none) you might get half or a lot less out of what they say it should be.
    Several years ago one of my mom's friends went to an Antiques Roadshow event in Georgia. I can't recall what she called it but she took with her some type of ornate European jewelry box that measured about 2' X 2' X 10" made in the mid 1700's that they appraised at $40,000. When she tried to sell she went to several people who dealt in antique furniture and each and every time it was about like watching an episode of Pawn Stars….she asked for $35K for it but the most one guy offered for it was $9K.
    So just remember; when you find something in grandma's attic yeah, sometimes lightning strikes and after some Antiques Roadshow joker says its worth a fortune you immediately think you'll make yourself super rich and you just might get lucky! However after reality sets in more often than not you'll get offered less than half of what you think you'll get when you try to sell it.

  32. lol "China clamped Down on the sale of Rhino horn"
    this coming from the same people who brought you harvesting the Organs of dissidents while they're still livng.

  33. There is a set of the 1914 Goudee uncirculated set of baseball cards an old man had and right before he passed away his wife sold the set back in 2012 I think. The 32 card set was all uncirculated cards that had never been touched by hands. The set sold for $880,000 dollars. The cards were soo intricate that each card was graded a 10 condition for the sensitive set.

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