TV appraiser values Anderson antique at $50K - FOX Carolina 21

TV appraiser values Anderson antique at $50K

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Dr. Lori appraises antiques brought to the Women's Expo at the Civic Center of Anderson. (Mar. 8, 2013/FOX Carolina) Dr. Lori appraises antiques brought to the Women's Expo at the Civic Center of Anderson. (Mar. 8, 2013/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate man discovered he had $50,000 book sitting on his bookshelf for years.

That money is actually in the form of a book, one that was taken to the Women's Expo at the Civic Center of Anderson and appraised by television personality Dr. Lori, of Discovery Channel's Auction Kings, on Friday.

The exact estimate came as quite a shock to the Anderson man, but not so much to Dr. Lori.

Friday afternoon, Lori appraised a string of pearls worth $4,000 and a painting she said was worth more than $6,000. Not everything she looked at was that valuable, but folks were excited to hear about all the history she knew.

Lori said she has a Ph.D. in art history and used to direct museums. She's toured around the country appraising people's antiques since 1998. The show on the Discovery Channel came after her success as a trusted appraiser.

She said she started it because she met an older lady who had been taken advantage of by an appraiser, who gave her $50 for something worth $50,000.

On Friday, an Anderson man named  Bob who did not want to share his last name, brought an item that Lori valued at $50,000.

It's a first-edition, signed copy of Gone With The Wind.

Lori said it's not too unusual to find a book like this with a famous Southern author floating around in this region, but it's definitely special.

"Other people have paid $50,000 for a book like this. That's how I come up with this number," Lori said. "It's not just 'oh if I had one, I'd price it at this.' It's because someone has actually paid that much for a similar book."

Lori said Bob bought the book at a book fair for a couple hundred dollars about 15 years ago. She said there are plenty of gems out there like the book that people may not even realize.

"What makes something so valuable? Good quality, good condition," she said. "Condition is to antiques what location is to real estate. It's gotta be in good shape - condition and quality, not always age. It doesn't always have to be old to be valuable. It has to be of high quality, in good condition to be valuable."

Lori held two more free appraisal shows at the women's expo on Saturday.

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