Some of the residents at Baltimore’s Roland Park Place retirement home were left speechless by an appraisal held as part of a “treasure hunting” event based on the popular TV show Antiques Roadshow.
Although the event was held for fun for the seniors, the appraisal was also to provide information as many of the residents leave valuable items to family members. One of the residents of the retirement community, Barbara Bonnell – who is also the chair of the residents association – was extremely surprised to learn the value of a lithograph dating back to 1802. Although estimates from other residents ranged from $1,000 to $5,000, they were all wrong, as the estimated value was $12,500.
Barbara Bonnell and her husband purchased the set of antique lithographs in 1970, one for each month of the year, and paid $2,500 for them. Bonnell brought the August lithograph to the event to be appraised. According to the expert Todd Peenstra, lithographs are made of ‘woven’ paper, which was itself made of rags beaten to a pulp. A spokeswoman for the event, Bridget Forney Deise, said that they were always trying to find suitable entertainment for residents and the “treasure hunting” event seemed ideal.
Antique furniture can often be found in family homes, still being used and in good condition. People often choose to leave antiques, including furniture, to members of the family as an investment. Such items may include antique bookcases, which may also contain some rare books. According to Deise, the event will probably be held again in the future.
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