'Antiques Roadshow:' George Washington note worth thousands

'Antiques Roadshow:' George Washington Note Worth Thousands
'Antiques Roadshow:' George Washington Note Worth Thousands

A rare letter written entirely by George Washington himself back in 1778 was given a presidential price tag on Monday's episode of "Antiques Roadshow."

And the auction estimate is...

"$30,000 to $40,000," said appraiser Stephen C. Massey on "Antiques Roadshow."

The Washington handwritten letter had been in the owner's family for generations - one of her relatives obtained it during the Revolutionary War.

The note ended up being so valuable in part because its contents were about Valley Forge, the military camp where Washington retreated from the British during the war.

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It was in pretty good condition too, aside from some mild water damage. But there's one small detail missing here that would have made the letter even more valuable.

"If it had been a much longer letter from Valley Forge, they have fetched as much as $270,000 at auction," said Stephen.

"Oh, my goodness," said the owner.

"Antiques Roadshow" fans on Twitter were just as excited about the letter. As one user put it, "I would love to have something like that. 30 to 40 thousand dollars. Groovy."

Now, if only Washington had mentioned the Constitution in that note - other letters he wrote on the subject have raked in over a million dollars at auction. God bless America!

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