Bought for: $1 each
Estimated value: Five images appraised for $24,000-$36,000 total
In 2016, Kent Shrewsbury was shopping with his son Ken in a thrift store in Anaheim, California. While Ken was looking through old vinyl records for sale, he spotted a collection of 23 photographs, slotted in between two of the records. He took them over to Kent, who recognized Marilyn Monroe and her third husband, playwright Arthur Miller, in one of the prints. The pair bought the photos for $1 each.
Later, Shrewsbury took five of the photos to an episode of “Antiques Roadshow” to have them appraised. The show’s photography expert told Shrewsbury that the photos were gelatin silver prints, taken by a number of famous 20th-century photographers, including Eve Arnold. She valued the five photos alone at $24,000-$36,000.
And now for a couple of finds that people didn’t even have to buy.