'Antiques Roadshow:' Clock bought for $1K is actually worth $40-$50,000

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'Antiques Roadshow:' Clock Bought For $1K Is Actually Worth Thousands More

On "Antiques Roadshow," a man who purchased an unusual clock for $1,000 was literally speechless when he learned just how much it was actually worth.

"This clock today, I would say that the retail price would probably be $45,000 to $50,000 clock," the appraiser explained.

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The French industrial clock's owner says his wife, who was on the board of directors at a retirement facility, purchased it years ago after its original owner passed away.

They had the unusual piece appraised back in the 1980s. An antiques dealer offered the couple $6,500 for the clock, but they decided not to sell it.

The man was obviously glad he waited to sell, and he was clearly shocked by how much the clock's value had gone up in 30 years.

Fans on Twitter were just as surprised, with some calling the clock amazing, stunning and a true work of art.

The "Antiques Roadshow" appraiser said the clock would have been worth $1,000 to $2,000 more if the dome surrounding the piece was still intact -- but we're guessing the owner is still pretty happy with that whopping $50,000 appraisal.

Take a peek behind the scenes of the show:
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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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