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    1963 Jim Morrison Inscribed Book, "The History of Magic"

    Appraised Value:

    $8,000 - $10,000 (2013)

    Appraised on: July 27, 2013

    Appraised in: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Appraised by: Timothy Gordon

    Category: Collectibles

    Episode Info: Baton Rouge (#1807)

    Originally Aired: February 17, 2014

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    Form: Autograph, Book
    Material: Paper
    Period / Style: 1960s
    Value Range: $8,000 - $10,000 (2013)

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    Appraisal Video: (4:00)

    appraiser

    Appraised By:

    Timothy Gordon
    Collectibles, Decorative Arts, Front Desk, Tribal Arts

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: I brought a book that was called The History of Magic. It was a Christmas gift to me. A roommate of mine in college, we exchanged Christmas gifts. I think I gave him a print or a drawing. I was an art student, and he gave me this.

    APPRAISER: Well, apparently you've read the book. You've kind of hounded it a little bit. All the edges are worn away.

    GUEST: Yeah, I've...it's not the kind of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but I've looked at it over the years.

    APPRAISER: It's also got wonderful illustrations in it.

    GUEST: Yeah, it does.

    APPRAISER: If you go in, there are actually pieces like this, which are old illuminated manuscript art. Old engraving. Engraving, wood cuts, et cetera, yeah.

    GUEST: The subject matter is, you know, mysterious and interesting.

    APPRAISER: I guess you say it's a compilation, which is true, and it was under the name of Kurt Seligmann, who put it out. But what interested me, you know, this book, I'm going to cut right to a value here for you. This book in this condition is worth about $100.

    GUEST: Oh, really.

    APPRAISER: However, when you had it at the table and you were talking to me, in here, I opened the flyleaf and I noticed who your college roommate was: Jim Morrison of The Doors.

    GUEST: That's right.

    APPRAISER: So all right, let's pounce on that. I have all kinds of questions for you, because I'm a Jim Morrison fan.

    GUEST: Oh, really? I met Jim Morrison, I was in a rooming house renting a room--this was in Tallahassee, Florida--and this other guy lived there and we got to be friends. We'd walk to school and so forth. And he was...it was Jim Morrison.

    APPRAISER: I see that he's inscribed it as a Christmas gift, "1963 from Jim Morrison." And he had been a Florida native, and Jim had bounced out to New Mexico and he ended up back at Florida State, where you were, and he decided to take a few classes. He kind of went in in typical Jim Morrison spirit, and I guess that he had a few run-ins. He was originally in a video that was promoting the college.

    GUEST: I remember that.

    APPRAISER: Really?

    GUEST: Yeah, and that's just a little part of a film that's promoting Florida State. It's really very... it's very dull.

    APPRAISER: Right. So what kind of a student was he? I'd hate to hear that he was, like, a shy and meek guy.

    GUEST: For his age, I'd say he was probably the most...intellectually deep person and well-read I ever met.

    APPRAISER: And he was 19 when you met him? 19, 20?

    GUEST: Probably, something like that.

    APPRAISER: He gave you the book on the occult. It's always been assumed that he had an interest in the occult.

    GUEST: Yeah, he did.

    APPRAISER: In the band, he often took on the name of the Lizard King.

    GUEST: All the band stuff came after I knew him.

    APPRAISER: Right.

    GUEST: And he was, I would say, interested in the idea that maybe people that are criminals are really saints and the saints are criminals.

    APPRAISER: He was so attractive to the public. There was a following after his death. He died young, you know, he has all the components of value. You know, beauty, early death, intelligent, wild. That's Jim Morrison to a tee. So this, what a wonderful early, early view into his life and, you know, his relationship with you as a young college kid. The value on this at auction with the occult level, if it weren't that book, I'd put $4,000 to $6,000 on it. But because it's that book, because it's early in his life, which generally doesn't help, I would say that the value on it is $8,000 to $10,000 at auction.

    GUEST: No kidding.

    APPRAISER: Yes.

    GUEST: Wow. I'm surprised at that.

    APPRAISER: When we're done here, you want to have a beer?

    GUEST: Yeah, we could. My daughter's here, she'd go along with it.

    APPRAISER: We'll take you over and I'd love to hear your stories. That'd be so awesome, yeah.

    APPRAISER: All right.



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