'Antiques Roadshow:' Noël Coward items get a huge price tag
English playwright, composer and actor extraordinaire Noël Coward left behind a rich legacy when he died back in 1973, including hundreds of songs, plays, poems and short stories.
One of his most famous works — "Sail Away," the very last musical Coward ever composed and wrote the book for.
And on Monday's episode of "Antiques Roadshow," we discovered even memorabilia from the classic show is worth a pretty penny.
"If I was to estimate this painting for auction, I would put a pre sale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000," said appraiser Kathleen Guzman on "Antiques Roadshow."
"This wonderful opening night box, I would put an estimate on this of $5,000 to $7,000. Just as an opening night playbill, probably around $40 or $50," said Kathleen.
That's right, this lucky man's collection of memorabilia from the musical was valued at about $40,000. And it was definitely music to his ears!
The painting, box and opening night playbill actually belonged to the owner's uncle, Joe Layton, who was a choreographer on Broadway.
Coward must have given Joe the collection as an opening night gift back in 1961, which is significant because he only did that for people he really liked.
But even more special is the painting here. Coward painted throughout his life, but he never sold one painting — hence, its rarity and massive price tag.
"Roadshow" fans on Twitter were pleasantly surprised to see Coward's other talent, painting, come to light on the show.
And it's official — there was nothing Noël Coward couldn't do.
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