French Bru Jeune Doll, Size 1, ca. 1895Via PBSJ.D. Kestner Googly Eyed DollVia PBSGebruder Heubach Cats, ca. 1910Via PBSBebe Jumeau Doll, ca. 1890Via PBS
35 years ago, this doll was bought at a junk shop for a quarter. This is a size 1 Bru doll, a collector's dream. In a retail setting, it would sell between $28,000 and $38,000.
Paddy & The Pig Lehmann Toy, ca. 1905Via PBSLambert Magician Automaton, ca. 1900Via PBSSalesman’s Sample Medical Examination Table, ca. 1890Via PBSSteelcraft Pedal Airplane, “Spirit of America”, ca. 1927Via PBS
At auction, this magician is worth $10,000 – $15,000. Toymaker Leopold Lambert was one of the great makers of French automatons. This is a classic. It's a magician. When it operates, he bangs the cone with his wand two or three times.
1955 Whitey Ford & Yogi Berra JerseysVia PBSRuth, Mantle & Maris Signed BaseballVia PBS1937-38 Black Hawks JerseyVia PBS1871-1872 Boston Red Stockings ArchiveVia PBS
The owner inherited these cards -- they were given her great-great grandmother along with a signed letter. It's some of the earliest known 1871 photographic baseball cards. The price? ONE MILLION DOLLARS.
Art Deco Diamond and Ruby Jewelry, ca. 1925Via Via PBSLouis Comfort Tiffany Necklace, ca. 1905Via Via PBSYellow Diamond Asscher-cut Ring, ca. 1930Via Via PBS19th Century Jeweled Caucasian Presentation SwordVia Via PBS
The owner's great-uncle liked to spoil his wife with rare Burma rubies. At auction, this jewelry set should go for $320,000 – $350,000.
Advertising Chair & Printing Stone, ca. 1885Via PBSCharles Rohlfs Music Stand, ca. 1905Via PBSSeymour Card Table, ca. 1794Via PBSEnglish Giltwood Cabinet-on-Stand, ca. 1730Via PBS
Claire bought this table for $25 at a garage sale. It was a good purchase: this Federal inlay mahogany demilune card table made by John and Thomas Seymour would fetch between $400,000 – $600,000 at auction.
1937 Signed, First Edition "The Hobbit" & Dust JacketVia PBSThree Charles Darwin First Editions, ca. 1830Via PBS1830 First Edition ”Book of Mormon“Via PBSBenjamin Franklin-Published Book, ca. 1732Via PBS
The owner's wife bought this set for $200 as a wedding present. Good investment: the collection is worth between $143,000 – $284,00.
Military Medal CollectionVia PBSPappenheim Rapier, ca. 1630Via PBSAbraham Lincoln Campaign FlagVia PBSCivil War Duryée’s Zouaves GroupVia PBS
This isn't just any civil war uniform... it's from the Manhattan Zouave regiments. They were elite and did not wear the standard-issue uniforms. This collection would go for $16,000.
1924 Gibson F-5 ”Lloyd Loar“ MandolinVia PBS1962 Left-Handed Olympic White Fender StratocasterVia PBS1808 Johann Gottlob Heberlein Violin, Neukirchen, GermanyVia PBSErnst Hoyer Concert Zither, ca. 1920Via PBS
$175,000. This mandolin was made by Lloyd Loar, an acoustic engineer and great mandolin virtuoso who worked at the Gibson company back in the '10s and '20s. He was the father of the modern mandolin.
1904 Diego Rivera ”El Albañil“ Oil PaintingVia PBSJane Peterson ”The Floats“ Gouache, ca. 1915Via PBS1919 Rockwell “The Little Model” Oil PaintingVia PBSJoseph Stella Painting with Original Frame, ca. 1930Via PBS
This early Diega Rivera painting was missing for almost 90 years. Now that it's been found, it's worth between $800,000 – $1,000,000.
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