Philip Weiss, an appraiser of games and toys, couldn’t believe his luck when he came across a rare stuffed animal from Dr Doolittle in Jacksonville recently. During filming of Antiques Roadshow at the Prime Osborn Convention Centre, Weiss came across a Steiff Studio version of the pushmi-pullyu character from the Dr Doolittle film made in 1967. According to the owner, the stuffed llama type animal was originally purchased at an auction sponsored by PBS in the 1960s for $75. Today, the pushmi-pullyu is worth between $5,000 and $8,000.
About 5,000 people turned up at the centre to have their objects appraised by the antiques experts. According to the programme’s account executive, Hannah Auerbach, an appraisal is given to everyone during the day. Antiques Roadshow receives the highest ratings of the PBS shows and is still running due to popularity. Jacksonville played host to the show for the first time. Auerbach further added that people want to know how much their item is worth, but aren’t usually interested in selling. A number of interesting items were brought along to be appraised, including a grandfather clock made up of sections that have to be fastened together.
One appraiser, Ralph Pokluda, said that they look for quality, rarity, age and desirability when determining a value. This criterion certainly applies to antique furniture like antique cabinets. Preston is recognised as one of the best places to visit in the UK when looking for antique furniture.
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