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More items updated on Roadshow!

Items related to “Gone With The Wind” keep on coming! This past week, my niece, who recently moved to Wisconsin, was cleaning out an old farmhouse when she came across a hardcover copy of GWTW. As I learned from Kathleen Marcaccio in the story featured in last week’s Collectors Journal, the book has never been out of print. This copy that my niece, Tara, found was published in October of 1936. I thought it was a first printing, but I was wrong. Tara did some research and found that the book was first published in June of 1936.

The book doesn’t have a dust jacket, but that is still one of the earlier printings of the book. I did a quick check on the Internet and found a few similar copies that were being sold anywhere from $40 up to about $100. So I’m happy for Tara and there may be additional treasures to be found in the old house!

I’ve got more interesting prices and items from watching “Antiques Roadshow.” This time out it featured updated prices from a 2005 visit to Providence, Rhode Island. There were several items that would fall into the ephemera category –first up was a 1908 edition of “Anne of Green Gables,” by L.M. Montgomery. The book’s owner purchased it at a flea market for what she said was not more than $5. Being that it was a “True, true first edition, with an illustration on the cover, the appraiser gave it a price of $12,000 to $18,000 in 2005; today the same book was valued at $15,000 to $20,000.

A woman brought in a New Hampshire made highboy or chest on chest that has been in her family for many years. The piece was made of maple by Dunlap in the late 1700s and featured the original brasses and very little signs of wear. In 2005 it was appraised at $50,000 to $80,000 and I was pleased that the current value was given at $35,000 to $50,000. And while that is an overall drop in price, it’s not as severe as I was expecting given that a lot of the experts have spoken of the major drop in prices for vintage furniture.

Another person brought a tray of miniature books, which were all Lincoln’s addresses. There must have been at least 8 or 10 of the small books. The appraiser said many different collectors would be interested in the books –both book collectors and fans of Abraham Lincoln items. The 2005 appraisal, $2,500 to $3,000 which stayed the same for present day.

A rare photograph of the infamous, Lizzie Borden, the Fall River, Massachusetts woman believed to have murdered her stepmother and father in the 1890s was brought to the original 2005 roadshow. Lizzie was acquitted of the crime, but was pretty much shunned for the rest of her life. The picture was bought for a $1 in the early 2000s in a shop outside of Boston, according to the owner. It is a rare photo, and the negatives are owned by a museum/historical society in Fall River. In 2005, it was valued at $600 to $900; today it’s worth $800 to $1,200. Not a bad investment for $1 and Lizzie Borden was an attractive woman. Maybe she didn’t do it!

But the mistake of the evening (in retrospect) was from a man who brought small artwork/posters done by Lucian Bernhard, a pioneer in graphic design and poster art. The owner of the posters was given them by Bernhard himself after the owner had done some work for both the poster artist and his son, Carl Bernhard. After doing the favors for Lucian, he turned down money and was given a group of signed maquettes for posters. Lucian Bernhard was an innovator and is credited with creating some 36 different typefaces/fonts that are used to this day. The man was also offered some artworks, but turned them down. That, according to Nicholas Lowry of Swann Galleries in New York, was a big mistake. We can only imagine what the value of the art pieces would be worth today. The advertising maquettes were conservatively valued in 2005 at $15,000 to $20,000. Today, those same pieces had jumped to $30,000 to $40,000. I think the owner now wishes he had accepted some artwork!

Check out this issue of Collectors Journal for some interesting stories as well as listings for upcoming auctions and antique shows. Who knows what rare treasure could be lurking in the bottom of a box or container? And although we are in the beginning of August, there’s still plenty of summer left!

So enjoy the summer weather at an outdoor auction, flea market or sale. And it’s always a good idea to let people know that you saw their advertising in Collectors Journal. Please contact us with Auction action news; mystery items (and solves) club and convention news; unusual collections; and other antiques-related matters at editor@collectorsjournal.com; meego929@aol.com or via telephone at (319) 472-4763.