On "Antiques Roadshow," a grandmother's small gift to her grandson turned out to be a much bigger deal than he thought.
The appraiser said, "An auction estimate on this piece would be $40,000 to $60,000 -- and even a conservative estimate."
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'Antiques Roadshow': Gift is from Ming Dynasty, worth $60,000
This Aug. 9, 2014 photo released by Antiques Roadshow shows Leila Dunbar appraising a collection of early Boston baseball memorabilia for the program "Antiques Roadshow" in New York. This is the largest sports memorabilia find in the program's 19-year history, valued at $1 million. (AP Photo/Leila Dunbar, Meredith Nierman)
Leigh Keno, antiques expert known for hosting the television show Antiques Roadshow with his twin brother Leslie, looks at the walnut veneer on a lowboy in the home of a Hartford-area antiques collector, February 5, 2010, in West Hartford, Connecticut. His company Keno Auctions will be holding it's inaugural auction in Stamford in May. (Photo by Bettina Hansen/Hartford Courant/MCT via Getty Images)
Leigh Keno, antiques expert known for hosting the television show Antiques Roadshow with his twin brother Leslie, examines furniture in the home of a Hartford-area antiques collector, February 5, 2010. His company Keno Auctions will be holding it's inaugural auction in Stamford in May. (Photo by Bettina Hansen/Hartford Courant/MCT via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 21, Dan Sillaman (L) white shirt in background, brought in this 1955 Les Paul with P-90 pickups on August 21, 2010. Richard Johnston, holding the Les Paul, is the appraiser for Musical Instruments at this event. Dan and his guitar were selected to be filmed for a later airing of Antiques Roadshow. Dan inherited this Les Paul from his father. Dan said his father had played in local bands that opened for country musician Roy Clark. (Photo by Tracy A Woodward/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 21, Anne Kaiser (C) in white top from Silver Spring found out her antique Marquetry Chest that has been in her family for over 100 years is worth about $5,000 on August 21, 2010. J. Michael Flanigan (L) with Antiques Roadshow gave Anne the appraisal. John Sollo, (R) is also an appraiser for today's Antiques Roadshow. Filming for Antiques Roadshow is going on in background. (Photo by Tracy A Woodward/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
This sketch is worth $7,000 to $9,000.
The appraiser said this letter alone would bring about $1,300 to $1,500 at auction
All together, her collection was worth almost $30,000.
'Abraham Lincoln has always been collectable, his autograph has always been collectable. He signed very, very few photographs. They come up for sale every once in awhile, a signed Abraham Lincoln carte de visite.' - Appraiser Wes Cowan
This album would be worth between $75,000 and $100,000 at auction.
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)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2001: A leather jacket, formerly owned by Dee Dee Ramone of the punk-rock band The Ramones, and a poster signed by the band are among the items people have brought in to have appraised at the filming of the PBS television program 'Antiques Roadshow' at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. (Photo by Mike Albans/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
390703 01: People hoping to appear on the Chubb''s Antiques Roadshow television show stand in line June 16, 2001 outside the Coconut Grove Convention Center in Miami. The line of people carrying antiques and collectibles began forming at dawn as over 6,000 people from across south Florida came to get appraisals of theirs antiques to see if they had any unexpected valuables. (Photo by Tim Chapman/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 21, At the Antiques Roadshow's visit to Washington DC, Appraiser John Sollo (C) talks with John Corso (R) of NJ about his Chippendal inspired furniture from the 1920's on August 21, 2010. (Photo by Tracy A Woodward/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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He was shocked. "Wow, and it's a lot older than I thought too, it's all starting to make sense."
That lucky guy says his grandmother picked up the gilt bronze Buddha statue during her travels with her husband, who was an ambassador, sometime between 1930 and 1940.
But the statue turned out to be a LOT older than that. Appraiser James Callahan revealed the Amida Buddha figure was most likely made during the Ming dynasty, between 1368 and 1644.
According to Buddhism experts, the Amida is the Buddha of Eternal Life and Infinite Light and is one of the most important concepts in Shin Buddhism.
The sculpture's owner guessed it would be worth around $3,000 at most. So he was, of course, pleasantly surprised with that whopping auction estimate.