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Antiques Roadshow: Fame And Fortune

Airs Monday, May 7, 2012 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Appraiser Gary Sohmers of allcollectors.com scores a hit with this collection of memorabilia from the Ramones, legendary New York punk band, preserved by a friend of original bassist Dee Ramone. The assemblage, which includes an iconic leather jacket belonging to and signed by DeeDee (and later bass player CJ, too), notebooks containing never-recorded songs, a note to Punk Magazine and tour books, gives the owner every reason to do the Blitzkrieg Bop when Sohmers declares the lot could bring $10,000.

Specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers from across the nation travel throughout the United States offering free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. "Antiques Roadshow" cameras watch as owners recount tales of family heirlooms, yard sale bargains and long-neglected items salvaged from attics and basements, while experts reveal the fascinating truths about these finds.

Appraiser Gerald Tomlin knows there's no business like show business when he comes across this collection of Marilyn Monroe photos and memorabilia (shown with the owner), documenting her progression from 14-year-old Norma Jean Baker to screen siren, and valued at $18,000 to $20,000.
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Above: Appraiser Gerald Tomlin knows there's no business like show business when he comes across this collection of Marilyn Monroe photos and memorabilia (shown with the owner), documenting her progression from 14-year-old Norma Jean Baker to screen siren, and valued at $18,000 to $20,000.

“Fame and Fortune” features a stellar lineup of appraisals that give new meaning to the term “face value.” This special edition spotlights celebrities, big-shots and headliners through objects connected to their lives.

Highlights include the first mask ever worn by Clayton Moore, in 1951, as television’s Lone Ranger; a collection of photos and memorabilia documenting Marilyn Monroe’s progression from 14-year-old Norma Jean Baker to screen siren; an eye-popping collection of memorabilia from the Ramones punk band, preserved by a friend of DeeDee Ramone; James Dean’s 1948 high school junior yearbook, signed with his name and nickname, “Rack”; signed souvenir photos of Wild West legends Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill; a reproduction plaster cast of the 1860 life mask of Abraham Lincoln, found in an attic; and a rare, mint-condition vintage set of Beatles nodder dolls, in their original box.

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Fame & Fortune: Edgar Allan Poe Daguerreotype, ca. 1847

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Watch Coming Up Monday, May 7th, at 9/8C, Fame & Fortune on PBS. See more from Antiques Roadshow.

Above: In a preview from "Fame & Fortune," Wes Cowan looks inside the decorative case of a 19th-century daguerreotype and finds the gloomy stare, rumpled suit and disheveled hair of a macabre literary legend — Edgar Allan Poe.