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    1969 Rolling Stones Poster

    Appraised Value:

    $5,000 - $6,000

    Appraised on: July 8, 2006

    Appraised in: Mobile, Alabama

    Appraised by: Gary Sohmers

    Category: Collectibles

    Episode Info: Mobile, Hour 2 (#1111)

    Originally Aired: April 2, 2007

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    Form: Poster
    Material: Paper
    Period / Style: 1960s
    Value Range: $5,000 - $6,000

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    Appraisal Video: (2:25)


    Appraised By:

    Gary Sohmers
    Collectibles, Toys & Games

    Appraisal Transcript:
    APPRAISER: Where did you get this?

    GUEST: Auburn, Alabama.

    APPRAISER: Did you get to go see the Rolling Stones?

    GUEST: Oh, saw them my freshman year at Auburn-- 1969.

    APPRAISER: So where'd you get it?

    GUEST: My brother and I were over there together. He was two years older than I, and he pulled it down off a telephone pole or something. They were all over campus. He had the foresight to pull it down and save it. There was supposed to be two shows, at 6:30 and 9:30. Well, the 6:30 show started at about 9:00. So everybody, like myself that had 9:30 tickets, we got there about 9:00 and that show just started. So we had to stand out in the cold for about two and a half hours in the cold. But it was well worth it. Chuck Berry was the opening act for the Stones.

    APPRAISER: That must have been an incredible night.

    GUEST: It was.

    APPRAISER: The only reason I know this is a real poster is because you say your brother tore it off a telephone pole. Because they make so many fake posters now,

    GUEST: Uh-huh.

    APPRAISER: and most posters didn't have the year on it.

    GUEST: I see.

    APPRAISER: It was Friday, November 14. You wouldn't have had to say '69, correct?

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: So that would make me think it's probably a fake.

    GUEST: I see.

    APPRAISER: Right off the bat, if it's got a year on it, I'm thinking it's a fake. Now, here's where it comes down to the provenance.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: You said your brother passed.

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: But you know it's real, so you have to write a letter that states, "My brother took this off a telephone pole on this day," and tell the story.

    GUEST: I see.

    APPRAISER: Now, let's talk about values and desirabilities.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: Now, this poster, how many do you think they made?

    GUEST: Maybe 100?

    APPRAISER: Yeah. 150 and they taped them up on telephone poles, taped them up around campus. So very few of them could possibly exist. Survived, that's right. It's on paper, not cardboard, so it's even more likely to get ripped up. And of course, it does have a little tear in the corner.

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: Why? Because it was torn off a telephone pole! Now, in... when it comes to valuation, how do you value something like this, where you've never seen one sell before. One of the things I do is I do what's called a "comparable." Another concert poster, similar to this, of the Rolling Stones, from a small venue or an event in that era. This poster would sell in a good auction, for between $5,000 and $6,000.

    GUEST: Lord, you've got to be kidding. I thought maybe $300, $200. Wow.

    APPRAISER: There's fakes out there that they sell for $200 or $300 to people to deceive them, but we know it's real because you got it. I mean, if you restore these pieces, cost you a couple hundred bucks.

    GUEST: Yeah.

    APPRAISER: But that'll add $1,000 value.

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