The Declaration of Independence: $477,650
Photo of Billy the Kid: $5,000,000
A photo purchased for $2 at a Fresno shop has been described by a Western Americana expert as "the holy grail of photography."
It is believed to be just the second photo ever seen of William H. Bonney. The infamous outlaw "Billy the Kid" is actually seen playing croquet in the picture. A historical find was not on Randy and Linda Guijarro's mind when Randy browsed a Tower District junk store in 2010.
"These were just two cardboard boxes about this long about that high," Guijarro said.
Three photos caught his eye. Two featured women but a voice in his head told him to take the dark tin type photo of a country scene.
A picture may be worth a thousand words but this one's worth much more. It was recently authenticated by Western Americana expert Kagin's Incorporated in Tiburon. Its value was set at $5 million.
LeCoultre Deep Sea Alarm Watch: $35,000
Vince Lombardi Sweater: $43,020
Velvet Underground Record: $25,000 (on eBay nonetheless!)
Flemish Painting from 1650: $190,000
Recently, an 81 year-old Massachusetts named only as "Leroy" was perusing his local Goodwill when a framed painting caught his eye. Leroy, who used to work as an antique dealer, had his attention caught not by the painting buy by its frame. He estimated that the pictures was from the 1800's and easily worth $50. The frame, if from the same era could easily be worth $150! He figured that it was worth the $3 investment and happily took the painting home.
Less than a year later, his son and his wife asked to take the painting to the Antiques Roadshow where it was appraised for around $25,000! He was informed that the painting was actually from a Flemish school in Amsterdam and was painted circa 1650 (he was right about the frame's age though). Soon after, the painting went to auction where it blew away all predictions and sold for a whopping $190,000!
Chinese Libation Cup: $80,000
Alexander Calder Necklace: $267,750
Faberge Egg: $30 million
Stadium Events Nintendo Game: $35,100
Andy Warhol Sketch $2,000,000
Ansel Adams Negatives - $200,000,000
Rick Norsigian worked at Yosemite National Park as a young man and so, when he saw a pair of glass art plates, he could scarcely pass them up. The plates actually turned out to be photographic negatives and, after letting them sit for two years, Rick decided to find out where they came from. After some research, he became convinced that they had actually been taken by the father of American photography himself, Ansel Adams. Much to delight of collectors and photography buffs worldwide-he was right. The photographs were taken between the years 1919 and 1930 and are considered the "missing link" in Adams' career. After the plates were authenticated, Rick was astounded to learn that they were valued in excess of $200,000,000. Will he sell? We would...
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