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'Antiques Roadshow': Woman Has Amazing Reaction After Appraisal

'Antiques Roadshow': Woman Has Amazing Reaction After Appraisal

"Antiques Roadshow" headed to Kansas City, where hairdresser Loretta learned a gift from her friend was actually a piece of history.


It was a textbook from the Madam C.J. Walker Schools of Beauty Culture -- the first book on African American women's hair care, fashion and beauty. The book was a first edition and nearly 100 years old, and the appraiser called it "very unusual."

Loretta thought the book might be worth $3,000. But when the appraiser told her it was worth more than three times that -- $10,000 -- Loretta couldn't believe it.

LORETTA (LAUGHING): "$10,000? Are you serious?"
KEN SANDERS (APPRAISER): "I am serious."
LORETTA (LAUGHING): "Oh, you're kidding."
KEN SANDERS (APPRAISER): "I'm not."
LORETTA: "$10,000?!"
KEN SANDERS (APPRAISER): "Yes, ma'am."

A lot of what made the book so valuable was that it was associated with Madam C.J. Walker, known as America's first self-made female millionaire. Walker built a beauty empire in the early 1900s and invented the straightening comb.

It looks like Loretta made a small fortune of her own off the book. She spoke at a recent television event for the show and copped to selling the item -- but wouldn't say whether it was for more than $10K.

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kimcrdr April 08 2014 at 1:57 PM

you know, most people I know would have an "amazed reaction" as well if they had something worth any value, the headlines to these antique roadshow shows get me some times, of course if something appraised more than you thought you would be amazed, excited, ecstatic etc. etc. etc.....

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chanell 44 April 08 2014 at 10:41 PM

glad she found out how much it was , before some of her kinfolk , and they would have talked her out of it and solded it themselves and she wouldn't have got nothing out of it.....way to go lady

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Odens Fist chanell 44 April 09 2014 at 12:49 AM

solded it..?? Uh.. What?

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jlgakatsq April 08 2014 at 11:43 AM

i sure would like to find out how u visit this appraisers. i have a wedding set that i got from my mom, it was given to her in 1946, i know its a mine cut diamond, which is very rare since most these days are cut with lasers. does anyone know where to go to get a person with knowledge to look at these things?????

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Bonnie Roberts jlgakatsq April 08 2014 at 12:05 PM

Antiques Roadshow all over the country is controlled by WGBH, public television station, in the Boston area. They will know when Roadshow is scheduled for somewhere perhaps near you in future and how to achieve ticketing. 617-300-3000. I believe it safe to say the local PBS station in that local area has a certain number of tickets that are gifted to you after you donate a certain amount to the local station and the the rest may be like a lottery. Otherwise any diamond expert could appraise for you. Google for that.

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vincenzov jlgakatsq April 08 2014 at 1:18 PM

it all depends on where you live..bring it to an reputable auctioneer for an appraisal..if you take it to a dealer they will tell you the price they might buy it for (so they can make their profit) Look in your yellow pages for an auction house in your area and call and find out if they have free appraisal days or if you need an appt or cn walk in..they will give you an idea based on their knowledge and if they are interested they will probably ask if you want to put it into auction..If you do..ask lots of questions..commisisons for you, for them, etc. and then decide. What if it doesn't sell? that sort of thing..A reputable place will answer all your questions. Good luck You can also go to a reputable jeweler in your area and get an estimate on the value of the diamond..get different prices and then decide. a value on a diamond and a value on an antique could be different..do your research.

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Steve April 08 2014 at 3:18 PM

"Apprised at" is just somebodies opinion of what one may expect to get. Real value is when they cough up that amount of money for said item.

Here in Tarrant county the county appraiser will tell you what amount they want to tax your house at, they call it the "appraised value" and say it's what a willing buyer would pay a willing seller. I told them I was a willing seller, if they would just produce this "willing buyer" that would give me that much money for the house, I'll sell it today. They couldn't provide a buyer at that price, but still taxed me on their "appraised value." That's a BOGUS APPRAISAL!

I still contend, if you can't produce a buyer to give you that amount for the piece, it's not worth that amount. That's what they need to add to that show, have buyers available to pay their appraised price, then I'll believe their appraisals.

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ChingOW Mango Steve April 08 2014 at 6:38 PM

Oh for crissake - this was SUPPOSE to be a happy little story in todays sorry ass depressed world of how a woman took a little book to this show to find out it was potentially worth 10K - relax and enjoy the ride! Seems like there are too many people with problems of one sort or another who just cannot be happy for someone else.

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jlw1877 April 08 2014 at 12:34 PM

She could've been told it was worth $100k, but, ultimately you only get what someone is willing to pay. I would've thought donating (loaning) it to a college or library would have been preferable. But it was her property to do with as she pleased. I hope she took the gift giver out to a nice dinner somewhere.

















it to a college

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ChingOW Mango April 08 2014 at 6:31 PM

Time to check the attic - closets - drawers - storage space - anyplace you have STUFF stored!

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litupnow April 08 2014 at 12:38 PM

Having been to the Antique Road Show I can tell you that it is waiting in line after line after line to get a less than two minute appraisal . The appraisers are just like any good antique dealer. They know information in their area of interest. If they do not think your item is of GREAT interest then you are quickly dismissed (often after three to four hours of line waiting). Sometimes they do not know much or anything about you have brought. If they think it might be filmed then you are sent to another area where they research your antique.By this time if the owner doesn't think that what they own is special then they are dunces. Most of the time the owner has an idea of what they have brought, would you bring something for an Antique Appraisal if you thought it was junk ?
ANY GOOD ANTIQUE DEALER OR APPRAISER CAN GIVE AN APPRAISAL OR SEND YOU TO ANOTHER DEALER WHO KNOWS THAT AREA OF COLLECTING.
Most dealers love to talk to collectors , novices, other dealers etc.
We love to look at what others have.

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Joyce Cole litupnow April 08 2014 at 1:25 PM

litupnow - your comment i interesting. I wondered if you could shed some light as to where a person can go to get information about items they are holding. Looking for collectors, novices or dealers. Thank you in advance.

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James M. Adams litupnow April 08 2014 at 2:07 PM

litup, can you blame them for having no interest in an old piece of junk?

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usafgolfrvs April 08 2014 at 3:31 PM

you go girl, live it up.

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cvanac8550 usafgolfrvs April 08 2014 at 5:17 PM

thats right girl you go out and buy a fendi bag and a pair of Manlo's ...

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cvanac8550 cvanac8550 April 08 2014 at 5:19 PM

sorry, Manolo's....I 'm not in the habit of writing names of things I would'nt buy even if I had the money...

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Mrs.Grant April 08 2014 at 4:11 PM

Wonderful!

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Odens Fist Mrs.Grant April 08 2014 at 4:39 PM

It's a junk book, worth about nothing.. Get a clue

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delsolco Odens Fist April 08 2014 at 5:19 PM

why keep repeating the same negative stuff?

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dretis Odens Fist April 08 2014 at 8:26 PM

because he had a double serving of hateraid

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sjm337161753 April 08 2014 at 9:52 AM

I could imagine there are many collectors who would want that book. Madam C.J. Walker was a fascinating person - someone should make a movie about her life.

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buffalogal sjm337161753 April 08 2014 at 10:37 AM

Now, who to play the lead role... :-)

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mdennish buffalogal April 08 2014 at 11:09 AM

Oprah

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cgssnavickas buffalogal April 08 2014 at 11:52 AM

Halle Berry

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