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    Frank Zappa Painting, ca. 1960

    Appraised Value:

    $15,000 - $25,000 (1998)

    Updated Value:

    $15,000 - $25,000 (2012)

    Appraised on: August 8, 1998

    Appraised in: Rochester, New York

    Appraised by: Gary Sohmers

    Category: Collectibles

    Episode Info: Rochester (#1724)
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    Rochester (#307)

    Originally Aired: March 22, 1999

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    Form: Painting
    Material: Paint
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $15,000 - $25,000 (1998)
    Updated Value: $15,000 - $25,000 (2012)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:45)


    Appraised By:

    Gary Sohmers
    Collectibles, Toys & Games

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: I got it from Frank Zappa and his family. They were moving, and they were going to just get rid of it, and I said, "May I have it?"

    APPRAISER: It's a beautiful piece of strange art. And you said that you had double dated with Frank.

    GUEST: A few.

    APPRAISER: A few dates. So you got to know him a little bit.

    GUEST: Yes, I did.

    APPRAISER: Frank Zappa is a cultural icon.

    GUEST: Yes.

    APPRAISER: As a musician and as an artist. And what you've brought us is a fabulous piece. When did you say this was...

    GUEST: He painted this when he was in junior college.

    APPRAISER: So it's very early.

    GUEST: Yes.

    APPRAISER: It's a premonition of his future.

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: It shows an orchestra and an opera, it looks like, on stage.

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: This is probably the earliest piece of Frank Zappa art or music or anything I've ever seen...

    GUEST: Is it?

    APPRAISER: 30 years of doing this. It's a very unusual and wonderful piece.

    GUEST: He was such a different person, and this represents him.

    APPRAISER: Something a musician did in the art world adds to its value. And it's really hard to put a true value, because it's never been seen before.

    GUEST: Mm-hmm.

    APPRAISER: I would say that his signature is very valuable right now. Frank died many years ago of cancer and left a legacy of art and music for us. I would say it's somewhere in the $15,000 to $25,000 range.

    GUEST: Wow.

    APPRAISER: Having never seen a piece like this sell, it could even top that.

    GUEST: Oh, I think that's great.

    APPRAISER: It's a wonderful piece, and I love it.

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