Would you pay a million dollars for these old cups?

Million dollar antique cups

It is every “garage sailor’s” dream. After decades of scouring yard and garage sales, one of the tchotckes you purchased for a mere pittance turns out to be something so rare and valuable that it could change your life.

The “Antiques Roadshow” made a stop in Tulsa, Oklahoma this past weekend, shooting segments for their upcoming season, when they stumbled into a treasure that smashes the record for the highest appraisal ever made on the program.

The Tulsa World reports:

A collection of Chinese cups at the Tulsa stop Saturday of “Antiques Roadshow” was the most valuable find in the appraisal show’s 16 years. The five Chinese carved rhinoceros horn cups are believed to be from the late 17th century or early 18th century and are valued at $1 to $1.5 million.
While not revealing the identity of the owner, The Antiques Road Show did say that the valuable cups were purchased in the 1970s for a microscopic fraction of their current value.  Also discovered among the 5,000 items brought to the Tulsa Convention Center for appraisal:
  • An F-5 Gibson mandolin estimated to be worth $175,000
  • A Chinese bronze sculpture from the Ming Dynasty that might fetch as much as $100,000 at auction

If you want to learn more about those items and the million-dollar cups, you’ll have to wait a bit. They will all be part of the three shows from Tulsa that were recorded for broadcast and will air in early 2012.

(H/T – CNN)