Tiffany & Co. Brooch, ca. 1937
Appraised Value: $65,000 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (1:40)
GUEST: My parents bought a dry cleaning business and this brooch was in an envelope in the extra-button drawer.
APPRAISER: Well, it sort of looks like a button.
GUEST: Well, kind of.
APPRAISER: When you opened it when you got it from your mother, what did you discover about it?
GUEST: That it's Tiffany & Company on the back.
APPRAISER: Terrible, terrible news, don't you think?
GUEST: Oh, yeah, right.
APPRAISER: That name "Tiffany" means an awful lot. It was made in New York probably around 1937 and it is sort of late Deco, if you will. And it has two things going for it. Circle pins are very in at the moment because you can wear them with different fabric and it will show differently each time. And the other thing is-- which is unusual-- is that it has two little rows of emeralds on either side of the baguette diamonds. Part of its interest, of course, is the fact that it has the original clasp, all the original fittings, and everything. Do you have any idea what it's worth?
GUEST: I really don't, I have no idea. It's never been appraised, never been looked at. I have no idea.
APPRAISER: Retail value, I think you're talking $65,000. Not bad to find in a button drawer.
GUEST: No, it's not. It is not. Ooh. I can't wait to get it home.
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