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    Eastern Sioux Tobacco Bag, ca. 1840

    Appraised Value:

    $25,000 (1998)

    Updated Value:

    $20,000 - $30,000 (2012)

    Appraised on: August 1, 1998

    Appraised in: Los Angeles, California

    Appraised by: Donald Ellis

    Category: Tribal Arts

    Episode Info: Los Angeles (#1722)
    Relative Riches (#1319)
    Los Angeles (#303)

    Originally Aired: February 1, 1999

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    Form: Bag
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $25,000 (1998)
    Updated Value: $20,000 - $30,000 (2012)

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    Appraised By:

    Donald Ellis
    Tribal Arts

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: These are part of Chief Sitting Bull's personal items.

    APPRAISER: In 20 years, I've seen probably a thousand objects that were allegedly belonging to Sitting Bull. It's almost impossible to document such things unless they were specifically documented when he was still alive.

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: What's very fascinating and very important about this material is this bag in the middle. This bag is, to my knowledge, the only example in the world like it. It's probably a tobacco bag. This is an extraordinary object. I would conservatively estimate the value of this, just this bag, without any Sitting Bull provenance...

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: At $25,000.

    GUEST: (laughing) Whoa.

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