1923 Inscribed Maynard Dixon Book

Value (2013) | $2,500 Retail$3,000 Retail

It's a book of poems and seven drawings by Maynard Dixon, and Maynard Dixon was a very dear friend of my grandmother's. I knew that he only printed about 250 copies of it, so I figured it was worth something to bring to the Roadshow.

It's one of Maynard Dixon's scarcest works. He's a very sought after Western painter, as we know. It's a beautifully printed limited edition of the book. We have it open to the title page showing one of the beautiful illustrations from the book. And if we turn it here to one of the frontispiece pages, we have a wonderful photograph of the artist himself, Maynard Dixon, and an inscription from the artist, and the inscription is to whom?

It is to Mary Ann, which was my grandmother.

Beautiful book. This is one of 250 issued. Signed with a real photograph of Dixon in it, the book is going to be worth, with the photograph and autograph at retail, in the $2,500 to $3,000 range.

Oh, you're kidding! That's exciting!

Appraisal Details

Ken Sanders Rare Books
Salt Lake City, UT
Appraised value (2013)
$2,500 Retail$3,000 Retail
Boise, ID (June 29, 2013)
20th Century
Autograph, Book

Executive producer Marsha Bemko shares her tips for getting the most out of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.

Value can change: The value of an item is dependent upon many things, including the condition of the object itself, trends in the market for that kind of object, and the location where the item will be sold. These are just some of the reasons why the answer to the question "What's it worth?" is so often "It depends."

Note the date: Take note of the date the appraisal was recorded. This information appears in the upper left corner of the page, with the label "Appraised On." Values change over time according to market forces, so the current value of the item could be higher, lower, or the same as when our expert first appraised it.

Context is key: Listen carefully. Most of our experts will give appraisal values in context. For example, you'll often hear them say what an item is worth "at auction," or "retail," or "for insurance purposes" (replacement value). Retail prices are different from wholesale prices. Often an auctioneer will talk about what she knows best: the auction market. A shop owner will usually talk about what he knows best: the retail price he'd place on the object in his shop. And though there are no hard and fast rules, an object's auction price can often be half its retail value; yet for other objects, an auction price could be higher than retail. As a rule, however, retail and insurance/replacement values are about the same.

Verbal approximations: The values given by the experts on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW are considered "verbal approximations of value." Technically, an "appraisal" is a legal document, generally for insurance purposes, written by a qualified expert and paid for by the owner of the item. An appraisal usually involves an extensive amount of research to establish authenticity, provenance, composition, method of construction, and other important attributes of a particular object.

Opinion of value: As with all appraisals, the verbal approximations of value given at ROADSHOW events are our experts' opinions formed from their knowledge of antiques and collectibles, market trends, and other factors. Although our valuations are based on research and experience, opinions can, and sometimes do, vary among experts.

Appraiser affiliations: Finally, the affiliation of the appraiser may have changed since the appraisal was recorded. To see current contact information for an appraiser in the ROADSHOW Archive, click on the link below the appraiser's picture. Our Appraiser Index also contains a complete list of active ROADSHOW appraisers and their contact details and biographies.