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Ticket, Guide, Rules, Appraisers Card, Pamphlet
June 27th 2009
The Antiques Roadshow was an experience I wanted to have, so I applied for tickets and won them! We brought four items: one was a "group" or "Collection" of animation cels. This was the disappointment for the day. We were asked what we paid and where we got it, I presented signed Chuck Jones and Hanna Barbera cels (from the 60's and 70's) and was told they were way down in value, nobody collects them anymore, and the value is minimal - about what we paid (100-200 range). However, I beg to disagree. They apparently aren't watching Ebay well... but I digress. As the Stormtroopers in Star Wars say, "Move along, move along". My second item was a deed to Highclere Castle, signed by Lord Carnarvon's wife (the Lord Carnarvon who found King Tut alongside Howard Carter). It was also signed by various lawyers and such. Ms. Carnarvon is the one really responsible for finding that tomb in a sense, as it was her finances and her persuasion with the right people that allowed for that final dig...(they'd been denied to that point). Anyway, I picked it up from a garbage picker in the UK who found it in a dumpster. I think I paid about 15 British pounds for it. It was valued low but more than I paid, about 100-150 US dollars. They loved it, saying it was cool because of the name and the prominence of the castle, but said that this is one of the last things collector's like to collect...it's not the favorite thing at all. They also cited that if it'd had Lord Carnarvon signature, I could "add a zero and multiply by two". And if it was Carter's signature... well much higher. The third item was a Cosby script from the last show signed by like 20 people. The appraiser looked at it, said it was awesome and valued it about 250-350 dollars I think he said, which is pretty much around the realm we paid for it. He said it's maintained that value but didn't expect it to go up much because nobody collects TV show scripts that much now. The final item was a Charles Le Maire costume sketch for the movie "The Egyptian" (1959). It was large, in water color and framed. I was told it was a nice looking thing and framed very well and appropriately for the context and after saying how much I paid and where I got it, It was valued at 500.00 and could go up in value in the future... so I basically doubled my investment on the item. So to sum it up, I lost no money, all my items were at least what I paid for up to double the value. Not too bad, but I am not walking away rich~ ;)
The appraisers were nice, one was a little harsh (the one with the animation cels). He didn't want to see my other two at all and scoffed at the Chuck Jones name, and like "I've seen a million of these stupid things" kind of attitude. Other than that it was a great experience. While we were there two cool things happened. One, the guy in front of us in the "Feedback booth" line got on TV!!!! We'd been talking to him about his baseball and he got in. We did not (Scott mumbled... long story I do not care to share). The other thing was that when were were getting ready to leave, we were sitting out in the lobby talking to this guy with his cool Coke thing (never seen anything like it...15 grand was his appraisal and he did NOT make it on TV); the whole place roared with gasps, claps and sound.... turns out, the HIGHEST APPRAISAL EVER on the Roadshow was made right then... a woman with carved Jade collection with Imperial marks. Appraisal? A MILLION DOLLARS. The first time EVER on the Antiques Roadshow and we were there~ Now how cool is that. I did not see Mark Wahlberg nor Lee and Leslie, but I did see all the other normal appraisers. Two of our appraisers was Noel Barrett (the Toy guy...he looked at the Cosby Script and the Le Mare item) and Philip Wise (he looked at the animation cels I believe and the other two above alongside the other guy). I forget who the book guy was (someone from Christies a younger guy I believe).
The best part was talking to people in line and seeing the crap or treasures others brought. Some proudly displayed items to everyone, others hid their treasures from the public. Time in and out was quick. Within two hours or so. They keep things moving! It took place at the convention center there. We decided once we left there to drive around, get some lunch and maybe find an antique store or two which we did. We went to two or three shops. I bought a rocking chair for my grandbaby, a "Merry Mushrooms" pot or a neighbor and that's about it!
That's my experience in a nutshell. I tried twice since then to get more tickets and it's not been my lucky day! I have two or three more items I'd like to try. I want to hit that jackpot next! You were not allowed really to take photography inside (and not of the appraisers especially) so we only got a couple phone camera shots. We did walk around the convention center and took a couple photos.
Left to right: 1) they have a couple screens where people can watch appraisals while waiting in line. 2) a huge line 3) See the guy in the white shirt on the left? He was on the "Antiques Roadshow booth" and had his baseball and cap appraised at like 1500.00 I think he said and a couple hundred for the hat (had an astronaut's signature on it I think). 4) The Feedback booth
Left to right: 1) Convention Center plaque on building 2) The convention Center where we entered 3) The front of the Convention center 4) a Statue of Sir Walter Raleigh (which I guess Raleigh is named for).
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