'Antiques Roadshow': $3 garage sale buy is really worth nearly $10,000

'Antiques Roadshow': $3 Purchase Turns Out To Be Worth Small Fortune
'Antiques Roadshow': $3 Purchase Turns Out To Be Worth Small Fortune

"Antiques Roadshow" was in Richmond, Virginia, this week, where a woman brought in three first edition Langston Hughes books, published in the 1940s and '50s.

The woman paid just $1 for each book about 20 years ago at a garage sale in New York. All three were signed by the author, with personal inscriptions to a friend. The woman thought the books ('Simple Takes a Wife,' 'I Wonder As I Wander' and 'The Big Sea') would maybe be worth $200 a piece, but she was in for a shock.

KEN SANDERS (APPRAISER): "... are worth, at retail, between $8,000 to $10,000."
WOMAN: "Really?"
KEN: "Yes, ma'am."
WOMAN: "Wow. That's amazing. Really amazing."

The appraiser said it was "marvelous" to see three well preserved, inscribed books by one author in a collection.

For those not in the know, Hughes is one of the most widely-respected poets of the 20th century, a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

Tweeters were loving the appraisal, calling it "incredible."

Facebook fans were all about the episode too, saying they couldn't get enough.
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