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    1937 Amelia Earhart Photos with Letter

    Appraised Value:

    $1,000 (2013)

    Appraised on: July 27, 2013

    Appraised in: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Appraised by: John Schulman

    Category: Photographs

    Episode Info: Baton Rouge (#1808)

    Originally Aired: February 24, 2014

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    Form: Photograph, Letter
    Material: Paper
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $1,000 (2013)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:18)


    Appraised By:

    John Schulman
    Books & Manuscripts

    Caliban Books

    Appraisal Transcript:

    GUEST: This was a friend of my mother's. In this lengthy letter, she talks about her life in Java and then she describes essentially hosting Amelia Earhart for her time in Java. And included amongst several snapshots of life in Java was first a picture of Amelia's plane, an Electra, with a larger plane behind it, and then finally Amelia Earhart sort of in front of the wing of her plane. Earhart disappeared about a week later. This woman cites actually going up on that Douglas passenger plane on a test run and kind of seeing Amelia off as she goes off to New Guinea from Java. And that's the last basically anyone ever saw of her.

    APPRAISER: Yes, not very many... probably a few people saw her after that. These are original photographs, some of the last photographs of Amelia Earhart. And it has this wonderful letter that captures some of Amelia Earhart's personality and what a "peach" she was, as the letter says. Amelia Earhart's signature itself commands a lot of money, and even though this isn't signed by Amelia Earhart, anything related to her is of value. I would put the insurance value of this letter and its attending photographs at $1,000.

    GUEST: Wow, well, I'm impressed, thank you.

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