'Antiques Roadshow': Robert E. Lee map, photo worth upwards of $100,000

'Antiques Roadshow:' Robert E. Lee Map, Photo Are Historical Treasures
'Antiques Roadshow:' Robert E. Lee Map, Photo Are Historical Treasures

On "Antiques Roadshow," a very special map and signed photograph of General Robert E. Lee turned out to be worth a big chunk of change.

The appraiser said, "I think as a set, in a retail situation would easily bring $50,000 to $75,000," adding, "It wouldn't surprise me on the right day, if it were to go to an auction, for this piece to bring $100,000."

It's a map that was apparently carried by Richard Stoddert Ewell during the Civil War, and it was given to him by Robert E. Lee himself.

The lucky owner said she was related to Ewell, and both the map and the photo were handed down to her great-grandmother and then to her.

She told the appraiser the map and photograph were always hanging in her house when she was growing up, and she used to bring them for show-and-tell at school. Now, that's a pretty awesome show-and-tell!

The appraiser was able to verify the map did actually belong to Lee by locating a couple of genuine ink inscriptions, including the general's signature, in the corners.

The owner couldn't believe the map and photo were worth upwards of $100,000.

And the appraiser was floored by the historical significance of the items, calling them "the most fantastic things" he's seen since he's been on the "Roadshow."

Fans on Twitter definitely agreed, with some saying the rare map should end up in the Smithsonian.

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