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    Steiff Bear, ca. 1930

    Appraised Value:

    $3,000 - $5,000 (2001)

    Updated Value:

    $3,000 - $5,000 (2013)

    Appraised on: July 14, 2001

    Appraised in: New York, New York

    Appraised by: Timothy Luke

    Category: Toys & Games

    Episode Info: Finders Keepers (#1720)
    New York (#604)

    Originally Aired: February 11, 2002

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    Form: Stuffed Bear
    Material: Goat hair/Mohair, Glass, Excelsior, Felt
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $3,000 - $5,000 (2001)
    Updated Value: $3,000 - $5,000 (2013)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:13)


    Appraised By:

    Timothy Luke
    Master Personal Property Appraiser

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: I was going through a Dumpster in Queens and I found the bear and several other toys at the same time.

    APPRAISER: Oh, wow. Now, do you know anything about the bear? Any history?

    GUEST: No, nothing at all.

    APPRAISER: Well, let me tell you. It's a nice bear, it's a Steiff bear, and what I like about it is it's a white mohair bear. It has glass eyes. Also, this red tag tells me definitely it's from the early 1930s. Usually, these red tags were torn off. And the condition overall is wonderful. And it was just found in a Dumpster? Amazing.

    GUEST: Pulled it right out.

    APPRAISER: That's great. Well, what's nice is that it has the felt pads and it is stuffed with excelsior, and if you squeeze the bear, you can feel that there's a little squeaker that was actually right inside the bear. Now, you said that this belongs to...

    GUEST: I gave it to my wife.

    APPRAISER: Oh, you did.

    GUEST: It's gone now.

    APPRAISER: Now, will she let you part with it?

    GUEST: No.

    APPRAISER: No, not at all, right?

    GUEST: Not at all.

    APPRAISER: Well, I'll tell you, bears like this, the market is very good for Steiff bears, and I would estimate this bear in the $3,000 to $5,000 price range for this little mohair bear.

    GUEST: You're kidding.

    APPRAISER: Not at all.

    GUEST: Maybe I'll have to take it back. (laughing)

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