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Time Colonist
10) - $92,000 Baseball Card bought for $100

BAILEYVILLE, MAINE, USA - A man who bought items at a rummage sale for under $100, was surprised to discover an 1865 Brooklyn Atlantics baseball card. The card fetched $92,000 at auction.

Source: Times Colonist - February 6, 2013

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Antiques Roadshow
9.) - $100,000 Kensett Paintings (2) bought for $35

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA , USA - Two tiny paintings by John F. Kensett (1816-1872), bought at a garage sale for $35, received valuation of up to $100,000 on Antiques Roadshow.

Source: Antiques Roadshow - August 5, 2006

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CBC
8.) - $110,000 Thomson Painting purchased for $100

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA - A painting purchased for $100 by man at a garage sale, believed to be the work of iconic Canadian artist Tom Thomson sold at auction for $110,000.

Source: CBC - May 16, 2012

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Antiques Roadshow
7.) - $150,000 Antique Jug bought for $50

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, USA - A 19th-Century Folk Art Jug (20 gallon) was bought for $50 at a yard sale. The jug's (updated) value has been set as high as $150,000 by Antiques Roadshow.

Source: Antiques Roadshow - July 11, 1998

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Antiques Roadshow
6.) - $490,000 Card Table bought for $25

SECAUCUS, NEW JERSEY, USA - An antique card table labeled by cabinetmakers John and Thomas Seymour (circa 1794) was bought for $25 at a yard sale. Sotheby's sold the table for $490,000.

Source: Antiques Roadshow - May 1, 1997

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5.) - $882,500 Heade Painting bought for $29

ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA , USA - A painting by Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904) entitled "Two Magnolias on Blue Plush " was bought at a garage sale for $29, and sold for $882,500.

Source: Wikipedia - May 26, 1999

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Auction Central News
4.) - $1.2 Million for Vase bought for 'a few dollars'

ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA , USA - A rare Chinese Imperial vase was reportedly purchased for 'a few dollars' at a Florida yard sale sold for $1.2 million . The vase was sold by Brunk Auctions.

Source: Auction Central News - May 13, 2009

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ABC News
3.) - $2 Million Warhol Sketch purchased for $5

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, USA - A very early Andy Warhol Sketch was purchased for $5 by a man attending a garage sale. The sketch has been valued as high as $2 Million.

Source: ABC News - April 3, 2012

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Los Angeles Time
2.) - $2.2 Million Chinese Bowl bought for $3

NEW YORK, USA - A rare Chinese bowl purchased at a garage sale for $3, has sold for $2.2 Million at an auction. The bowl, from the Northern Song Dynasty is dated between the years 960 and 1127.

Source: Los Angeles Times - March 20, 2013

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CNN
1.) - $200 Million Ansel Adams Photos bought for $45

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA - A man purchased two boxes of photographic negatives at a garage sale for $45. Experts concluded negatives were lost Ansel Adams photos worth $200 Million.

Source: CNN - July 27, 2010

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