Pin & Brooch Collection
Appraised Value: $15,000 - $25,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:29)
GUEST: What started my whole pin collection was this one right here.
GUEST: That was my grandmother's.
APPRAISER: So how long did it take you to accumulate these?
GUEST: Probably 15 years.
APPRAISER: What's the least you've ever paid for a piece?
GUEST: 25 cents.
APPRAISER: Oh. And do you have some criteria of what you buy?
GUEST: Whatever strikes me, whatever I like at the time, and...
APPRAISER: And if the price is right?
GUEST: If the price is right.
APPRAISER: Now, what are you eventually going to do with this?
GUEST: She's going to eventually be a floor lamp. I'll wire her, put a lampshade. I'm going to make a second one, so I'll put them both in my living room and have two standing floor lamps in my living room.
APPRAISER: You've got all sorts of names represented, countries represented, and also time periods. We've got a Weiss pin here, you've got this one here with the butterfly wing background, you've got your grandmother's pin, you've got one from the '40s, and, oh, we haven't given you the whole shebang yet. We've got to look at the back, too. Back here we have some Bohemian garnets; we have an enameled piece from Norway. We just have a wonderful, wonderful selection of things. You've got everything represented from the 1890s...
GUEST: Yes, I do.
APPRAISER: ...on up through the 1980s in here. It's an absolutely wonderful collection. Have you thought about what it might be worth?
GUEST: A thousand dollars, I guess?
APPRAISER: You've got what, about how many pieces?
GUEST: Uh, 300, probably.
APPRAISER: Well, of course, you know, in our time constraints, we can't take every piece and evaluate it...
APPRAISER: ...but all the appraisers put their heads together and in today's market, in a nice retail store, we came up with somewhere between $15,000 and $25,000. I know that's a lot of different ranges.
GUEST: I know I can't say what I'm thinking in my mind, but...
APPRAISER: Well, yes, you can. What are you thinking?
GUEST: Oh… (no audio).
APPRAISER: Oh, no, you can't say that, Mary. You can't. You're right. You can't say that, Mary.
GUEST: $15,000 and $20,000?
APPRAISER: Yeah, 15 to 22, maybe even up to 25.
GUEST: I got goose bumps there. Wow. Wow.
APPRAISER: That's what we said, Mary.
GUEST: Thank you.
APPRAISER: It's my pleasure.
GUEST: Thank you so much.
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