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

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'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.
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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.
Love the show? Take a behind-the-scenes peek:
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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 21, As people enter the convention center they have a brief interview by volunteers who give them tickets depending up the items they are bringtin for appraisal on August 21, 2010. These tickets will get them to the correct appraiser. (Photo by Tracy A Woodward/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Folk art and collectables are brought in for appraisals for the PBS series 'Antique Roadshow' at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Saturday, June 23, 2012. John Lytle Wilson, left, shows off a painting of a pair of twins from his family dating back to 1850 as Stan South, right, waits for an appraisal of his flax comb dated 1775. Some of the appraisals were filmed, and will air between January and March of 2013. (Janet Blackmon Morgan/Myrtle Beach Sun-News/MCT via Getty Images)
390703 04: Tara Finley, left, an appraiser on Chubb''s Antiques Roadshow television show tells Sue Dale that her penny arcade machine from the 1920''s is worth $700, June 16, 2001 during filming in Miami. The popular show attracted more than 6,000 people who brought in antiques and collectibles to be appraised. (Photo by Tim Chapman/Getty Images)
390703 02: Jim Duncan, right, holds up a collection of old Creek Chub Tarpon Pikies fishing lures June 16, 2001 while he waits in line to get into Chubb''s Antiques Roadshow television show at the Coconut Grove Convention Center in Miami. Some of Duncan''s lures were appraised at thousands of dollars. Over 6,000 people from across south Florida arrived hoping to get appraisals of theirs antiques to see if they had any unexpected valuables. (Photo by Tim Chapman/Getty Images)
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