FOUND > $25 Estate Sale Trunk Worth $20,000

Buyer noticed something special about that label

Estate Sale Trunk
The trunk owner receiving the good news from appraiser Katy Kane. (Source: Antiques Roadshow | PBS)

March 24, 2017
By James Massey

PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA (VIDEO) - Antiques Roadshow reports, a young woman shopping at an estate sale bought an old steamer trunk for $25 which turned out to be worth $15,000 - $20,000 retail.

The trunk, manufactured between 1902 and 1919, by Hermès Paris, was extremely rare and the first seen in the 25-year career of Roadshow appraiser Katy Kane.

It's a truly a remarkable find for the buyer, whose keen observation of the label turned the purchase into a homerun. A description of the find in the buyers own words follows.

"It is a really cool old trunk that we picked up at an estate sale in Montecito, California. I think we paid, like, $25 for it. We bought it because we saw the little plaques on it, and they say "Hermès" on it. We haven't done a whole lot of research on it. We had it cleaned, but other than that, it's basically how we found it."

The appraiser also mentioned there was room for improvement in the price. Because professionally cleaned, the trunk could probably fetch closer to $25,000. See the full appraisal here.


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