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    1948 High School Yearbook with James Dean Signature

    Appraised Value:

    $3,000 - $3,500

    Appraised on: July 11, 1998

    Appraised in: Louisville, Kentucky

    Appraised by: Caroline Ashleigh

    Category: Collectibles

    Episode Info: Fame & Fortune (#1016)

    Originally Aired: May 29, 2006

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    Form: Book, Autograph
    Material: Paper
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $3,000 - $3,500

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    Appraisal Video: (1:35)

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    Appraised By:

    Caroline Ashleigh
    Collectibles, Rugs & Textiles

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: It's James Dean's junior yearbook from 1948.

    APPRAISER: Well, let's take a look inside, Michelle. Let's see, we've got a few little places that show us some pages that has his picture in it.

    GUEST: Right here.

    APPRAISER: Right here. It's his regular school picture. Okay, that's his junior picture, correct? This was his junior yearbook.

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: And then we have in here... I think we have another interesting picture... The junior class play of James Dean, and what was his nickname?

    GUEST: Rack.

    APPRAISER: Rack. And then finally we have...

    GUEST: The basketball picture.

    APPRAISER: The basketball picture, okay. And then the coup de grace--

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: --is this item right back here, which is his signature and his nickname, Rack. So we have James Dean's signature with his nickname in his junior yearbook. Now, we know a signature alone is valuable. Do you have any idea what it goes for these days? Well, we know that a signature alone is usually worth about $1,500 to $2,000.

    GUEST: Whoa.

    APPRAISER: Now, the only thing is, if this were his senior yearbook and we had a picture of him in his Frankenstein outfit in the drama, it would probably fetch around... I would say around $4,000. But this piece as it is, is easily worth about $3,000 to $3,500.

    GUEST: Wow!

    APPRAISER: Thanks a lot, Michelle, for bringing it.

    GUEST: That's great.




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