MOBILE, Ala. - Lonnie Guy came all the way from Jackson, Alabama to find outwhat his political satire book dating back to the 1800's is worth,along with an old script, and a Native American basket.
Guy was one of hundreds of people who showed up to have theiritems appraised. People lined up holding furniture, paintings, andanything they think an expert eye will find of value.
"I just bought it down here to see what it is worth," saidGeorge Howard. Howard handed over a jewelry box, depicting PopePius the 12th. When asked how much he was hoping for, he said, "Youreally want to know? I was hoping for $10,000."
It turns out George Howard's jewelry box was only worth about$40. "Forty more than I had," said Howard.
But others were pleasantly surprised at the value of theirfamily heirlooms. One family had a piece of George Orr pottery thathad been passed down four generations. "I would say [up to] $15,000to start and might double," said Charles Parmenter, with OldeMobile Antiques. The woman who owned the pottery said she wasn'tgoing to give it up, but get it insured.
As for Lonnie Guy, his political satire book was appraised at$400, but his Native American basket was the real treasure.
"It is your lucky day," Greg Reynolds, with Olde MobileAntiques, told Lonnie Guy. "This basket is Choctaw from this area,and in this condition, probably close to $1,000," said Reynolds."Tell them to write me a check," said Lonnie Guy.
Guy and others said it was well worth it to find out what it'sworth.
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