Autographed Photos of the Cast of the Television Show ”Bonanza“

Value (2007) | $4,500 Auction

GUEST:
Well, back in... 1962-3, something like that, when “Bonanza” first came on the air, I fell madly in love with all of them and I decided to write all these fan letters, so I did and they sent me back something saying that I could send off for autographed pictures, so I did.

APPRAISER:
The show ran from 1959 to 1973, and Pernell Roberts, he left the show in 1965, so we can safely say that you obtained these somewhere in the first six seasons of the show. Now, these are exquisite photos. They're 11 x 14, very unusual at that time for fan-based photos. Today they're all basically 8 x 10 photos that you receive in the mail.

GUEST:
Uh-huh.

APPRAISER:
And sometimes they're not even authentically signed. And this has that magic touch, that they're all signed authentically by these gentlemen.

GUEST:
Great.

APPRAISER:
Let's talk about the single photos first. In particular, you have Dan Blocker. Dan Blocker died in 1972, and the people that collect these photos for this particular series, they need Dan Blocker in their collection. He's the missing link.

GUEST:
Really?

APPRAISER:
The other guys have all signed in the last 20 years and they signed a lot of photos. So, if you were to bring these to auction, let's say...

GUEST:
Uh-huh.

APPRAISER:
You'd want to take the four single photos, and you'd want to put them in one lot, the reason being that this is your magic photo.

GUEST:
Oh, okay.

APPRAISER:
Okay. And I think that in auction, you're really looking at, for those four photos, at about upwards of $2,000 for that lot.

GUEST:
(laughing)

APPRAISER:
You surprised?

GUEST:
Yes. Now let's go to the cast photo. Once again it's a beautiful 11 x 14 photo. I've seen very, very few cast-signed photos. The few that I've seen have been 8 x 10.

GUEST:
Oh, okay.

APPRAISER:
And I have to say that in auction, I believe that this photo would bring upwards of $2,500. Just for the one photo.

GUEST:
Oh, my.

APPRAISER:
So thanks a lot, Jan, for bringing in the photos.

GUEST:
Oh, well, thank you.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Heritage Auctions
Dallas, Texas
Appraised value (2007)
$4,500 Auction
Event
Orlando, FL (June 30, 2007)
Period
20th Century
Material
Paper

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