“Storage Wars” Star Missed Out on a Huge Sum of Money

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Storage Wars, it’s a reality TV show (a hugely popular one, too) hosted by a man named Dan Dotson. He’s a life-long auctioneer who lives and breathes deals. The show involves buying and selling storage units in which the contents are unknown until after the purchase is made. So you can imagine the kinds of drama involved.

And this particular story is nothing short of dramatic. You only see things like this in gangster movies. To give you the gist of it, someone bought a storage unit from Dan Dotson for $500. The new owner of this storage unit opened the unit and found a locked safe inside. Yes, as you probably imagined, there was money in the safe. Not a little bit of money. A lot of money. $7.5 million to be exact. And when Dotson found out, he had no words to explain how he felt.

The shocking discovery eventually led to a legal ordeal and one in which multiple offers were made. Here’s the story.

A Sight Straight Out of a Gangster Film

The star of Storage Wars, Dan Dotson, has been something of a legend in the auctioneering world over the last few decades. Dan has been a big part of the hit series since day one. Throughout the years, he’s seen it all, opening storage units and auctioning off some amazing finds. However, he recently stumbled upon something truly remarkable and it could easily have come straight out of a gangster film.

A Sight Straight Out of a Gangster Film

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While attending the “Cars, Stars and Rock N’ Roll” charity event in Indio, California, Dan Dotson heard a remarkable story. And it all started at a charity event.

It Started With a Charity Event

The Storage Wars host noticed a woman was staring at him from the other end of the room. Eventually, she approached him. And what she told him left him speechless.

It Started With a Charity Event

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Dan Dotson posted a video on Twitter, basically telling the story that the woman told him at the charity event. He said in the video: “An older Asian woman at the table next to me kept looking at me like she wanted to tell me something.”

“[She said that] ‘My husband works for a guy and he bought a unit from you for $500 and it had a safe in it.’”

This is Dan Dotson

In order to really understand the significance of the whole story, you need to know a little bit about the man behind it.  And we’ll start by saying that Dotson isn’t your average Joe. For about 50 years, Dan has been deeply involved in the auctioneering industry. Lately, he’s been running American Auctioneers with his wife, Laura.

Auctioneering seems to be Dotson’s true calling. He lives and breathes it. Dotson used to watch his grandfather work as a farm auctioneer in the 70s and thus developing a passion for the profession at an early age.

This is Dan Dotson

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When he was only 11, his grandfather taught him the art of auctioneering during the summers. He became so immersed in the auction culture that he even compromised his own education, selling furniture for auctioneer Merl Bernard instead.

Little did he know what his future had in store for him.

He Started an Empire

While the 70s was dedicated to developing a passion for auctioneering, the 80s was the decade that he mastered the art of it. In 1983, Dotson started his very own auctioneering company and launched American Auctioneers.

Dan’s net worth is $4.5 million. Compare that to the average auctioneer who earns about $46,000 per year. And Dotson’s reputation as TV’s most famous auctioneer earns him something around $300,000 per year.

He Started an Empire

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But aside from that, Dotson also ran auction houses, selling all kinds of things like porcelain dolls to furniture. American Auctioneers has stayed true to Dan’s vision ever since its inception. The company focuses heavily on estates, equipment, storage units, and business inventories. The company also organizes fundraisers and appraisals. They average about 12 auctions per week.

And none of it would be possible without a certain special someone.

Meet Laura Dotson

Dan and Laura Dotson have always been very close but they weren’t always business partners. Before meeting Dan, Laura was running restaurants. She loved both food and people.

Meet Laura Dotson

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Laura wanted to open a restaurant that would make the best pizza in town. And in 1993, when she was starting the process, she went looking for pizza-making equipment.

And fate would have it…

When Dan Met Laura

And fate would have it that while shopping for pizza equipment, the entrepreneur met fellow business starter, Dan Dotson.

When Dan Met Laura

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Laura met Dan when he was selling a restaurant and all its contents. Laura thought that Dan was just trying to get her attention to sell things to her, but Dan claims that he was actually flirting with her. The two were inseparable ever since.

She Made Him into a Star

Dan Dotson wasn’t famous until about a decade ago. It was only when Laura realized how charismatic the auctioneer was that she told him to record his antics on video.

She Made Him into a Star

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So Dan set up a YouTube channel and began posting videos of himself. And then one day, TV producer Thom Beers showed up at one of Dan’s auctions and the rest is history.

It was the start of a real journey!

A Challenging Moment

Laura and Dan had to deal with a challenging moment back in 2014. One early morning, Dan woke up asking “weird questions” while asleep.

A Challenging Moment

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When he woke up a few hours later, Dan fell to the ground and he was rushed to the hospital. He suffered a double aneurysm. Laura had to perform CPR on her husband. He later went through surgery and was on his way to recovery.

A Hit Reality Show

Over the next few years, Storage Wars became one of the most popular reality TV shows with millions of viewers. While the show has a reputation for being quite troublesome, most viewers believe the show wouldn’t be the same without Dan and Laura.

A Hit Reality Show

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In 2015, Examiner.com wrote: “Thom Beers came up with the idea for Storage Wars, but Dan and Laura Dotson inspired it.”

And one day, he would discover something he would never have imagined.

The Craziest Discovery of His Career

Fast forward to the woman who approached Dan. She told him of her friend that bought a storage unit from him for just $500.

The Craziest Discovery of His Career

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But that’s not the strange part. What’s unbelievable is what her friend found inside the unit.

He Paid $500

The woman at the charity event had to remind Dotson of his sell. Of all the storage units he’s auctioned off on the show, it wasn’t easy to recall every sail he made.

He Paid $500

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But the sale ended up coming back to haunt him. Dotson soon realized that he completely overlooked something inside the storage unit.

What’s in the Safe?

In the Twitter video that Dan posted, he revealed what the woman had told him. She said that her friend had purchased the unit and later found a mysterious safe.

What’s in the Safe?

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They obviously had to find out what was inside the safe. And as Murphy’s Law would have it, they couldn’t manage to open it up. So they called a professional.

They Still Couldn’t Open It

The woman is still telling this story to Dan. She continued to tell him that even the professional locksmith couldn’t open the safe.

They Still Couldn’t Open It

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“The first person they called to open the safe, I guess, couldn’t, or didn’t,” Dotson said. But they didn’t want to give up. “So they called a second person…”

And that’s when the surprise came.

They Finally Opened It

The woman’s friend then called yet another professional to come and open the safe, and this time it actually worked!

They Finally Opened It

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“They called a second person and when that person opened it up. Inside the safe, they’re normally empty, but this time it wasn’t empty…”

$7.5 Million

Dan Dotson’s entire life flashed before his eyes as this woman told him that they found $7.5 million inside the safe!

$7.5 Million

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Dotson had to ask her to repeat what she said to make sure he heard her right. That’s right, $7.5 million was stashed inside a storage unit that he bought from the auctioneer for $500.

Clearly, Dotson was left without words.

A Loss For Words

Dotson couldn’t find the words to react to what she told him. In all his years of auctioneering, he never comes across this amount of money.

A Loss For Words

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When he was in the storage unit, he overlooked the money completely. And he was quite distressed by the news. Can you imagine being in his shoes? And imagine being the man who found it!

Straight Out of a Gangster Movie

The photos that were posted on Facebook of the find, with all the stacks of cash, it looked like it was on the set of a gangster movie…

Straight Out of a Gangster Movie

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After getting in touch with the buyer of his storage unit, who remains anonymous, Dotson revealed the story to the public.

And that’s when people started asking questions.

How did $7.5 million Even End Up There?

In their video, Dan and Laura tried to work out how something like this could happen. “I don’t think you would forget that you have $7.5 million inside a unit,” he said.

How did $7.5 million Even End Up There?

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Laura had theories as to why. “Credit card went bad, it was finished, they moved away, perhaps the person went to jail. Who knows what it was?” she said. The signs were pointing to one thing…

Illegal Money?

Everyone was curious as to the origins of the cash. Rene Nezhoda, a thrift store owner who also worked on Storage Wars, believes that it must be a result of some illicit activity.

Illegal Money?

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“If you find money like that, there’s probably a reason it isn’t in the bank,” he said. But they couldn’t prove anything and could only use the information they had, which wasn’t a lot.

Finding the Previous Owner

They eventually found the previous owner of the storage unit. And he had to hear that what was once his is now legally in the hands of someone else.

Finding the Previous Owner

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And unsurprisingly, the previous owner contact their attorney, with the hopes of getting their money back.

Would they manage to argue their way back to their money?

Negotiating a Deal

The previous owner was ready to negotiate with the current owner, looking to reach some sort of deal. It was a matter of how much to offer them that would be in their interest.

Negotiating a Deal

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They ended up offering the current owner $600,000 in exchange. But as you may guess, the current owner wasn’t so happy to hear that the previous owner of the $7.5 million suddenly came out of nowhere.

They Declined the Offer

The new owner declined the offer. Surprise surprise! And the reality of it is that the current owner was well within their rights to decline. It was all fair game.

They Declined the Offer

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They indeed made a business transaction in which they purchased an item (or a unit with items in it) for a price and as a result, became the new owners of the items. The previous owners came back with a second offer. This time, they doubled it and offered $1.2 million instead. So the new owner would essentially give $6.3 million to the previous owner.

Dan and Laura thought about what they would do themselves if they were involved in the legal dispute.

What Would Dan Do?

When asked if he would take the $1.2 million, Dan admitted that he would say yes to the deal. And he said it’s mostly because he wouldn’t want to go through the trouble of further negotiations.

What Would Dan Do?

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“I wouldn’t ask a damn thing,” he said. “$7.5 million is a lot of money…but that’s a lot of running, too.”

The Public Had Their Opinions Too

The public got involved, as it always does. One person wrote the following: “If they had that much money, why didn’t they pay for the storage unit? Why would you put money in there anyway?”

The Public Had Their Opinions Too

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Another person wrote. “I’d keep it! Why the hell didn’t they claim it, why the hell would they let it sit until someone bought the locker?”

The two parties eventually reached a decision…

He Took the Money

At the end of the day, the current owner decided to accept the third offer. He received an amount just under $1.5 million as part of the deal. While it may be seen as a loss, the person still came out of the situation rich!

He Took the Money

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If you thought that was a crazy story about a deal gone bad, or good rather, you’re definitely going to like the next one. The world of auctions is one in which taking risks is a huge part of the game. It’s essentially a form of gambling – you never really know if what you buy is going to be worth something big. But this story about a man who bought a photo at a thrift shop for a measly $2 ended up making the best purchase of his life! And you’ll see why…

He bought a photo for 2$ which turned out to be worth a fortune. Why? Because of the famous person captured in it. And it all started when he walked into that antique store…

Pure Luck

Randy Guijarro liked to collect things. His mother nicknamed him “the hoarder” when he was seven. Ever since he was a kid, Randy would pick up pennies from the street, scrap from the yard, and shiny buttons.

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When he walked into the thrift shop on that fateful day, he didn’t realize he would buy something that would lead to an eventual treasure worth millions.

A Hoarder

When he was a child, Randy’s mother figured his fascination with junk would pass. But in reality, his obsession only grew. And she was worried. Randy’s house became a pile of coins, books, comics, statues, paintings, clocks, trading cards, toys, stamps, and jewelry.

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To his family, his possessions were junk. But Randy ended up turning his obsession into something profitable.

Making a Living

Randy actually made a living by selling the treasures he collected. The way he saw it, everything he owned had a story to it. But then he met Linda. And when they decided to move in together, he made a promise to cut back on the collecting. But old habits are hard to shake. And it can be said that the fact that he didn’t stop his hobby was a good decision.

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Both him and Linda could never expect what Randy would eventually find one day.

Call it Fate

One day, Randy found himself in the Fresno Tower District after meeting a friend for coffee. As he walked down the street, he passed the red brick building of Fulton’s Folly Antique Collective.

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Even though he had promised Linda he wouldn’t bring home anything else before selling the contents of their “spare bedroom”, he just had to go in. But he figured he would be in and out in ten minutes, and so he gave himself permission to go inside.

Like a Kid in a Candy Store

Randy walked through aisles, being already accustomed to antique shops. The store was full of stuff that Randy loves. It was like a kid in a candy store. Randy had never seen such a wide collection before. He kept picking up items but remembered the promise he had made to Linda, so he placed them back. But then, he saw something out their back door that made his eyes widen, and he just couldn’t resist.

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And the thing is, Randy happened to be in the right place at the right time.

A Closed Deal…Or Was it…

Outside, Randy saw two men were shaking hands. Had they closed a deal? He walked towards them, seeing that they were surrounded by stacks of cardboard boxes. He could tell that it was a blind buy. Randy knew that there may be a hidden gem inside, and a wave of excitement washed over him.

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Facebook/Randy Guijarro

The store was obviously overstocked and the owner probably needed to get rid items fast. The way it works is buyers only have a short amount of time to inspect items before bidding on them.

Randy couldn’t let this deal go. He had to say something to them.

A Quick Look

Randy was a friendly guy. And even though he knew these men had placed the highest bid, he was feeling brave.

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So he went up to him and said, “Would you mind if I had a quick look?” Apparently, the men had heard of Randy from the online antique community. So, they let him rummage through the boxes before loading them into their truck. Nothing really stood out to Randy, but he kept looking.

And his intuition proved to be right.

Looking for Something

He didn’t know exactly what he was looking for, but he figured that he would recognize it when he saw it. Then, he found a small cardboard box. He never could have imagined that this ordinary-looking box had something of extraordinary significance in American history.

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Facebook/Randy Guijarro

Yes, Randy still had Linda’s voice in his head telling him to stop. But then again, she was a sucker for a good photograph. The box contained three old black and white photographs. And to Randy, one man in the photograph looked familiar, but he couldn’t put his finger on it.

The man in the photograph was indeed someone worth noting.

A Good Buy

He had to purchase the photo. So he reached for his wallet just as the men loaded the last few boxes. But he only had $2. He asked to buy the little box of old photos. Thankfully the men accepted the small payment, thinking nothing of this seemingly regular box.

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Facebook/Randy Guijarro

Randy had to go home and tell Linda about his purchase. Neither of them could expect what would happen.

A Keen Eye

Randy presented Linda her with the three pictures. “How much did this cost you?” she asked. She looked closer and was astonished. “You do realize who this is?” she asked. And then, Randy saw it too. That unmistakable face was staring back at him with its eerie gaze. If Linda was right, this photo would be worth millions based on the person’s historical fame.

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Facebook/Randy Guijarro

So who was in the photo?

The Famous Kid

Linda and Randy arranged a meeting with a local historian to inspect the faces in the photographs. The historian said that the pictures were from the 19th-Century. Randy wasn’t surprised as the images were clearly dated. Then Linda pointed to the man standing in the middle of the group of people gathered in the photograph and whispered: “Billy the Kid”.

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The amazing photo was from the year 1878. And Billy the Kid was a very well-known figure.

In Case You Didn’t Know

Billy the Kid is one of the most well-known figures of the American Wild West. His real name was William Bonney. He was one of the most wanted men in Arizona after being involved in multiple homicides. An outlaw, he managed to outrun the sheriffs and escape multiple prisons over four years until he was eventually shot dead at the age of 21.

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He was famous among cowboy fanatics. But there was only one authentic photo of him ever found. Until now.

A Little Research

Randy made sure to do his research. He discovered that the last original photograph of Billy was bought by collector Bill Koch at an auction in 2011 for $2.3 million. But with no proof of who the photographer had been and the circumstances around the photo, Linda and Randy had no proof that it was genuine.

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They were determined to find proof and see how much this incredible photo was worth. And the amount was going to be unbelievable.

Took a While

Many collectors didn’t believe that the photograph was genuine. Randy and Linda knew they had to do some more digging into the history of the photograph before they showed their findings to the public. Over the course of a year, they had gotten different opinions from experts, but some were skeptical.

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But when they finally took the photo to Witherell’s Old West Show in Northern California’s Grass Valley, their hearts dropped.

A New Intervention

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Linda and Randy’s photograph got the attention of Jeff Aiello who was a local film and TV producer. He knew a good story when he saw one. He knew that the experts who had examined the photo had only given it a passing glance before hastily calling it a fraud. He wondered: What if they were all wrong?

He said to Randy: “Let me have the picture. My wife, Jill, is a fantastic researcher”.

Randy and Linda are lucky to have caught the eye of Aiello.

Proof

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Aiello said, “We did photo overlays and all kinds of fancy computer stuff and dove into the history. After a month, we were both confident that was a photo of Billy and four of the ‘Regulators.’” Now, Randy and Linda just had to prove it to the world.

They would never expect which company would catch attention and bring their story to millions of people worldwide!

Who Were the Regulators?

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Maybe you’ve heard of Billy the Kid. But in case you don’t know who The Regulators are, let’s just give you a little bit of information. The ‘Lincoln County Regulators’, or just ‘the Regulators’, were an American Old West posse that fought in the Lincoln County War. The group was formed out of numerous small ranch owners and cowboys in the Lincoln, New Mexico area. Billy the Kid was the most famous member due to his fame.

National Geographic Joined Forces

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The Hollywood Reporter

National Geographic took on the million-dollar project, with Aiello at the wheel. They were able to conduct further research to prove that the photograph was genuine. They were making a 2-hour National Geographic documentary called “Billy the Kid: New Evidence” and land Kevin Costner was to be the narrator.

Aiello wanted to place Randy’s fight against the corrupt process of authenticating historic material at the forefront.

Hitting the Road

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National Geographic

Randy and Linda went out to visit all the known landmarks associated with Billy the Kid. One of the individuals in the photo had been identified as Sallie Chisum, which they managed to find an 80% match on facial recognition software. They also found the breakthrough they had all been waiting for, in Sally Chisum’s diary.

Randy and Linda had traveled 10,000 miles over four states. They needed to make one last stop, hoping it would be the jackpot.

The Ranch

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All clues pointed to Tunstall’s ranch because Sally Chisum’s diary mentioned that she, The Regulators, and Billy the Kid himself had gathered there. Randy and Linda got to the ranch and stared in disbelief at the familiar landscape.

Randy really believed with all his heart that Billy the Kid had been there. With the help of Geographic mapping, the exact location where the photo was shot was finally found. Randy and Linda, feeling like they had finally won the battle, returned to California.

It’s Real!

The 2-hour National Geographic documentary, “Billy The Kid: New Evidence”, featured interviews with experts and used facial recognition on Randy’s photograph against existing images of Billy The Kid, as well as placing his geographic position at the time and identifying the antique croquet set in the photograph.

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Randy and Linda already felt so lucky to have figured out that the photo was real. But they still didn’t know its worth!

The Payoff

An auction house in California agreed to help Randy sell his photos. More importantly, they set the base price at $5 million! Thanks to National Geographic, their instincts were proven to be correct and their journey was made worth it. And now they know the worth of the historical photo.

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But their story inspired someone else…

The Saga Continues

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A lawyer named Frank Abrams watched National Geographic’s documentary on Billy the Kid. He also had an old photograph of Billy the Kid in his possession. He found photograph in much the same way Randy had. He bought it at a flea market in 2011 for $10. He was instantly drawn to the old photograph but assumed it was just an ordinary photo of a group of cowboys from the American South. He loved the vintage photo and hung it up in a guest bedroom that he rented out on AirBNB.

Did His Research

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Frank started to research Billy the Kid extensively. That’s when a face in the photo started to look familiar to him. But where had he seen that face before? And then it hit him. He had a photograph of a man who looked strikingly similar! The face he was looking at was Pat Garrett. Garrett was an American Old West who became renowned for killing Billy the Kid. He was the sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico.

If the identity was correct, it would mean he hit the jackpot!

Billy and Pat

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True West Magazine

If the photo was genuine, it would be the only surviving photograph of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett together. And if that were true, it would only deepen the mystery around the infamous outlaw.

Frank also took it to the experts to identify the photo. After months of analysis, they confirmed that the photo was authentic. They had run it through facial recognition technology and managed to identify the men in the photograph. They even established a date: August 2, 1880. They also found a signature on Pat Garrett’s lapel.

So what did this new information mean for the history of Billy the Kid?

An Unanswered Question

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The photo’s date of August 2, 1880, would mean that it was taken before Billy’s arrest and escape from the Lincoln County Courthouse, and his notorious murder of a deputy. So this raises a huge question: why was Pat Garrett posing with the infamous outlaw just months before he hunted and eventually shot Billy down?

Determined

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Frank was determined to find out the strange circumstances of the photo’s history. His photo was actually estimated to be of at least double the value of Randy’s photo because it’s the only one ever found to contain both Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

But could Frank ever sell such a valuable photo?

Feeling Privileged

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Frank said in an interview: “It’s incredible… Five trips across the country, forensic experts, and professors have looked at it, others have looked at it… It’s… I’m ecstatic. I feel like one of the luckiest people in the world. To find this is a privilege.”

But there is only one question on everyone’s mind.

What’s it Worth?

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Frank continued: “People ask me all the time, what do you think it’s worth, what do you think it’s worth. I won’t put a price on it, quite frankly it’s priceless.” If the photo has been dated correctly, it could change what we know about American history!

Antiques Roadshow

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Ever seen the show Antiques Roadshow? It’s a long-running show where people take their “old junk” to get appraised. Well, some antiques really are junk. But some are actually extremely valuable! Let’s go over some of the most memorable antique finds that you just won’t believe were sitting in someone’s basement collecting dust.

Worth Half a Million

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This is an oil painting by Joseph Kleitsch. Someone brought this painting to Antiques Roadshow to get it looked at. Their parents had purchased it for just $100 in the late 1920s. Turns out fine art expert Debra Force estimated that it was worth half a million dollars!

Found When Redecorating

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“Halt in the Desert by Moonlight” is the name of this painting. While redecorating their house in 1986, a couple found this watercolor painting which turned out to have been missing since 1857! It was sold to the British Museum for $100,000.

Shakespeare’s Notebook

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This notebook from the 17th century is believed to be one of the oldest that the Shakespeare ever had. It even includes quotes and other notes regarding his plays. It was estimated to be worth roughly $30,000. That’s an unbelievable find.

World War II Cameras

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Gold-plated Leica Luxus II cameras. This was one of just four cameras of its kind ever to be made. And this particular camera was used during World War II and into the 1950s. It was sold in 2013 for $380,000.

Snake Ring

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Reader’s Digest

This English woven gold snake bracelet is from 1875. And the serpent’s head is where all the money is. Appraiser Peter Schaffer estimates that the large sapphire on the serpent’s head is of the Kashmir variety, which is a high grade of sapphire. He estimates the bracelet will retail from $25,000 to $27,000.

Lucky Girl

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Reader’s Digest

A student was ready to pack up her framed picture from her grandmother to bring to school, but the picture that hung over her grandma’s bed had a mosquito under the glass. She took the picture outside to open it and realized the picture could be an actual painting, and not just a print.

They took it to get appraised but they were told at first that it’s valued at $200. However, Antiques Roadshow appraiser, Meredith Hilferty, said it was worth much more. The painting (circa 1892) was done by Henry Francois Farny, a French-born American painter well-known for painting Native Americans. The granddaughter was stunned to find the auction value is $200,000 to $300,000!

A Pocket Watch

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This is a Patek Philippe pocket watch. And in 2012, this item from the high-end watchmaking company from 1914 was at first estimated to be worth $250,000. Eventually, the pocket watch value increased to $1.5 million after it was reexamined. Good think they double checked!

What Looks Like a Plain Flower

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The Fabergé flower. Considering how small it is, you would likely never guess that the worth of this thing $1.27 million. In fact, jewelry expert Geoffry Munn said that it could reach at least $1.5 million in an auction. Who knew?

Sand!

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Reader’s Digest

It’s hard to imagine, but the designs in this bottle are made of single grains of sand! The owner received the sand art from his father but knew very little about it, except that it had been made by Andrew Clemens. Clemens was an artist who couldn’t hear or speak. Appraiser Allan Katz estimates the retail value to be $30,000 to $50,000.

Oil Painting

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Norman Rockwell’s “The Little Model” oil painting is another big find. The legendary painter’s 1919 work was valued at $500,000. What might be more surprising, though, is that the owner chose to keep it rather than sell it!