'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.
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.