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'Antiques Roadshow': $100,000 find in grandma's basement

'Antiques Roadshow': Woman Stumbled Upon $100,000 in Grandma's Basement

On 'Antiques Roadshow,' a woman stumbled upon a piece of American history while cleaning out her grandma's basement.

About 35 years ago, a photo album turned up in her grandma's basement -- and inside were signed photographs of Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet near the end of Lincoln's presidency.

Appraiser Wes Cowan said: 'Abraham Lincoln has always been collectable, his autograph has always been collectable. He signed very, very few photographs. They come up for sale every once in awhile, a signed Abraham Lincoln carte de visite.'

He said the album would be worth between $75,000 and $100,000 at auction. Cowan said that in his 20-plus years on the job, he had never seen an album featuring a president and his full cabinet with every single picture signed. The woman couldn't help but smile at the news.

The appraisal seemed to be right on the money -- there are a few signed Lincoln pictures up for auction on eBay right now going for about that much.

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mark and sheri February 05 2014 at 3:56 AM

Wait a minute! What happened to the article about Erin's Law? Dweebs.

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dazedboy420 February 05 2014 at 4:55 AM

That what I came on here for..

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mscttf February 05 2014 at 12:31 AM

Collectables keep showing up worth incredible amount of money. they should increase in value as the numbers found continues to grow.

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robby February 05 2014 at 12:17 AM


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slibby February 04 2014 at 11:51 PM

You cannot retire on 75-100K.

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Oh Great One! February 05 2014 at 12:00 AM

Agreed, and yet the majority of Americans will be trying to do that, or retire on even less. I know many people who have no savings in their 50s or 60s, and haven't worked high-enough paying jobs for sufficient social security. I can't see it getting better in the near future. So I guess cleaning out Grandma's attic is at least one step to try! ;)

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sandi February 05 2014 at 2:22 AM

But you can start a very healthy IRA. Also for the millions living on Social Security alone it would be a big help. Remember, not every generation or every family earns 6 figures and it is difficult for many to maintain let alone save. Of course there are the few who just want boats and cars and second homes and disregard the future. I only see it getting worse.

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chapmaids February 04 2014 at 11:19 PM

hmmm, I think perhaps Obama may fetch say.........50 cants?

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seahawkfan4u February 04 2014 at 8:48 PM

..........and that goes for the rest of you politicos who can't resist your espousal of political banalities at any chance you can!

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seahawkfan4u February 04 2014 at 8:43 PM

in response to @BrianHope, what is up with the politics dude?? this is a piece of american history, not a statement of past or present political correctness or acceptance. You obviously have no insights into what true historic memorabilia hold in value from a collectibility standpoint. How about you keep your politics out of the conversation and simply be grateful that our country is still here today to allow such a conversation and that this iconic item wasn't lost to history! this is no place for political debate sir, you are on the wrong website for that. and I would bet you've never served your country as a member of our military either!!

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jonny1250 February 04 2014 at 9:45 PM

I agree, amigo. This is just an article about some photos - not a forum for politics. As a Nam combat veteran. I feel OK in saying that too. Oh well - the results of a free democracy are good, bad and 'what the ???

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seahawkfan4u February 04 2014 at 8:38 PM

c'mon, it has to be worth more than 100K if it has the entire cabinet w/signatures and the pic of abraham lincoln on ebay that is signed gioing for 100K is just for a single picture. I believe it is worth at least twice what the appraiser has said its' value is, .....or even more. I would let it go on ebay with a starting price of 300K OBO w/a reserve of no less than 250K. those pics aren't getting any newer and with the way other collectibles are skyrocketing in value, given the extreme rarity, it seems almost that it would be a priceless piece.! don't get undervalued ma'am

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Penny February 04 2014 at 8:04 PM

My family has lots of heirlooms but none quite as cool as that!

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Brian Hope February 04 2014 at 7:59 PM

Abraham Lincoln was a liberal pragmatist who would never have been accepted by today's Tea-Party fundamentalists (also true of the progressive Theodore Roosevelt, the moderate Dwight Eisenhower, and the secular libertarian Barry Goldwater).

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