Chinese Porcelain Vase, ca. 1900
My freshman year of college, 9/11 happens. I kind of collect Time magazines, pick this up, never really thought I'd do anything with it. When I was in college later at NDSU in Fargo, it turned out George W. Bush was traveling to Fargo immediately after the State of the Union address in 2005. So at the time, I was taking a photography course, and I thought, "I'm gonna go to this, maybe I could get lucky and get this signed." So I kind of faked my way up to the front. I got past the Secret Service, I got past a lot of other people, got right up to the front of the barrier, and President Bush came around, and sure enough, he signed this for me.
It's a very emotional cover. It's a very poignant cover right after 9/11. George W. Bush had approximately 34 Time covers that he appeared on, but this is probably the one that is the most poignant in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Generally, signed George W. Bush covers can be anywhere between $200 and $300. However, I've only seen one of these signed covers since 2001, and it sold in 2003 for $825. Now fast-forward to today, I would put an insurance value of $1,500.
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.
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