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'Antiques Roadshow': Value of Stuffed Animals Sparks Epic Reaction

'Antiques Roadshow': Value of Stuffed Animals Sparks Epic Reaction

On "Antiques Roadshow," we went back to 1999 in Salt Lake City where a woman brought in a Steiff stuffed rabbit and a turtle footstool. She also brought the most epic reaction when she found out how much they were worth...

APPRAISER: "This particular piece because it's from the 1930's has a higher value. I know people who would pay up to $3500 to $4000 for this item.
LADY: "What?!"
APPRAISER: "For this item."
LADY: "Oh my goodness!"

According to its company website, Steiff is a stuffed animal and toy company that was founded in Germany more than 100 years ago. Steiff actually created the original stuffed bear, before it even became a huge sensation in the United States, also known as the "teddy bear."

If you want to get your hands on your own adorable Steiff stuffed animal, you can purchase newer versions of the toys on sites such as eBay, according to Collectors Weekly, at a lower price...

Or if you want to go all out and get the real deal vintage toy, there are several different rare stuffed animals available on collectors' sites -- such as this 1940s German teddy bear, which will set you back around $1,200.

Unfortunately, the woman's stuffed animals have gone down in value in the last 15 years -- around $4,000 less, to be exact. Ouch.

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theomegaman72 July 22 2014 at 1:04 PM

Those " epic reactions " someone would be much better if someone would come out of the crowd and toss a cream pie in their face

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dickn2000b theomegaman72 July 22 2014 at 6:14 PM

After reading this inane comment, I wanted to end the omega man 72 times.

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Phil July 22 2014 at 11:15 AM

way to go AOL, nothing to report except old 1999 stuff. Your left wing is dragging

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janka51 July 22 2014 at 9:30 AM

I can't believe I watched this

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sparrca janka51 July 22 2014 at 6:41 PM

Can then spent time commenting on it!
Like me!

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KCCROM July 22 2014 at 9:21 PM

How much did that guy get for his pants ?

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justamanuknow July 22 2014 at 1:45 PM

We can comment here about stuffed animals but why is it that we cannot comment on a federal judge who throws out a law suit against Obamas' BS 'afforidable' care act?

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Judith justamanuknow July 22 2014 at 10:50 PM

When did this become a political forum?

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gramargo Judith July 22 2014 at 11:40 PM

There's always one who can't resist, isn't there? Very tiresome!

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quincy_maxwell July 22 2014 at 1:22 PM

Just goes to show you...don't be greedy and hoard things, thinking you'll get a lot more money later. Take the money while you can. Hm, Cabbage Patch Dolls, Beanie Babies, etc...all you people that hoarded them, what do you have now, except a big pile of toys. Not a big pile of cash. Ha!

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Sweetpea10 July 22 2014 at 9:22 AM

It's funny to me to watch the antique roadshow because these people who bring in their items to get appraised they pretend to be clueless. Now why would this lady out of all her items bring in a stuff animal? She knew it was worth something she may of not had the exact appraisal price but she knew it was worth something and than they act surprised. These people have access to the web and can search these items. So they are well aware on what to bring to that roadshow and are well aware of the estimate of their items. lol Hilarious!

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alfredschrader July 22 2014 at 12:08 PM

Actually most people throw out a small fortune every week.
Drive down any middle class street on trash day and most have two or three trash cans stuffed so full the lids wont close. Nearly all of it is in Hefty trash bags or some other heavily advertised petroleum based bags (They paid for those bags inwhich their money is now in the garbage).
And in those bags is pizza boxes, a pound of leftover pot roast, half a meatloaf because they made too much, two rolls of soiled paper towels because they didn't use washable kitchen towels insead, and lots more.

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lattewoman42 July 22 2014 at 2:48 PM

I always wonder about the story behind how these people acquired these types of items. Did she buy them suspecting they were worth something, was it something from her own childhood or passed down thru family?

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Nancy July 22 2014 at 9:21 PM

The only thing that should have elicited an epic reaction is the outfit that the appraiser is wearing. Green paisley pants? Please.

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