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'Antiques Roadshow': Piece of movie history abandoned in closet

'Antiques Roadshow': Piece Of Movie History Abandoned In Bathroom Closet

'Antiques Roadshow' was in Detroit, and one man brought in a piece of movie history: an original script from 'The Wizard of Oz.'

The man's great-grandfather was Bert Lahr, aka the Cowardly Lion. The script had been hanging out in a bathroom closet for years, and eventually the man inherited it.

Appraiser Simeon Lipman said that 'Wizard of Oz' scripts are 'very, very desirable, because it is one of the most important films of all time, and still one of the most popular. As far as scripts belonging to members of the cast, it doesn't get much better than the Cowardly Lion, and here it is.'

The appraiser said it was one of the most remarkable scripts he had ever seen in person -- and though it had some wear and tear, it was still worth a whopping amount: $150,000. The man said that was a lot more than he was expecting.

The show's executive producer tells Michigan's Morning Sun the script was one of the most valuable antiques they saw while in Detroit.


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paxrail January 29 2014 at 12:21 AM

It's only worth what you can get some fool to pay for it. Maybe it will do alright at auction.

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DWheatley83 January 28 2014 at 11:40 PM

Love the RoadShow... it is like icecream

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yannaro January 28 2014 at 11:21 PM

The lead in says one of Roadshow's most valuable but the story says one of the most valuable in the Detroit show. So what was more valuable but not worthy of a story?

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duji229 January 28 2014 at 11:04 PM

Yes... and the only movie that I have seen where some dumb ass artist wants to make a new movie revision of this. Its is timeless and any attempt to reproduce would be a failure.

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djrobins January 29 2014 at 4:01 AM

Some dumb ass already made a new version of this. It is called “THE WIZ!”!

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Millionaires January 28 2014 at 10:54 PM

If they offered him $150,000 it's actually WORTH a lot more than that!

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Patrice January 28 2014 at 9:51 PM

Great. Happy for Him

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Hi there Sexxy January 28 2014 at 8:08 PM

It is only worth that if some idiot will pay that for it!

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ROGUE January 28 2014 at 9:38 PM

I agree 100%. Like anything collectable, it is only worth what an idiot would pay.

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drydockx January 29 2014 at 12:01 AM

Like on the MECUM auto auction, somebody paid $2 ,300,000 for a 56 Corvette. What is the person going use it for, go to Costco?

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Scotty January 28 2014 at 7:49 PM

It's worth at least that much. For over 50 years of my life The Wizard of Oz was shown on TV at least every year. When the movie began (in black & white) it was authentic for it's time...and then we got to Oz and everything went to Technicolor.... an amazing movie. It will be here 100 years from now.

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lamco2020 January 28 2014 at 6:45 PM

now the state of mich will probably hit him with an inheritance tax

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tkngclk January 28 2014 at 8:00 PM

Yes, the croked govenior we have here will most likely try to ...

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Rick January 29 2014 at 2:47 AM

Never heard of Db inheritance tax on only $150k.

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alennyone January 28 2014 at 6:00 PM

But, it says on the label, "Please return to Script Dept.". Is there a question of ownership here?
I'm just sayin'.

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Los Art Works January 28 2014 at 9:57 PM

Those who have to use the term "I'm just saying" need special help to begin with. So it's rather pointless to address your question logically.

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javkiv January 28 2014 at 10:48 PM

MGM is no more so I think it is safe to think the script is his.

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