'Antiques Roadshow': Rare Tlingit masks valued at $250K

'Antiques Roadshow:' Rare Tlingit Masks Valued at $250K
'Antiques Roadshow:' Rare Tlingit Masks Valued at $250K

A pair of extremely rare Tlingit masks were given an even rarer price tag on Monday night's episode of "Antiques Roadshow."

"The wolf, on a retail basis, I believe would sell in the neighborhood of $75,000. The guardian figure, the mask, perhaps also in a retail basis, would sell in the neighborhood of $175,000," said appraiser Ted Trotta on "Antiques Roadshow."

The masks' owner inherited them from his great-grandfather, who was a missionary in Alaska.

While he was there, he had a lot of contact with the natives from the area, and he received the two pieces as gifts.

The smaller mask depicts a wolf, which was a revered animal in the native world and often represented something hunters wanted to emulate.

And the bigger mask was most likely modeled after a respected ancestor or a guardian figure.

The "Roadshow" appraiser determined both masks date back to the 1700s and were used in shamanic rites about 100 years before the owner's great-grandfather got a hold of them.

Although the masks were not in prime condition, their old age and history made them still extremely valuable.

"These are among the most rare objects in North America," the appraiser told the seller after naming his estimated value. "They are really, really special"

Fans on Twitter jealous of that lucky owner and his incredible artifacts.

But even the owner couldn't believe how much the masks ended up being worth.

The owner admitted after the episode he was so surprised, he didn't hear exactly how much the masks were appraised for.

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