Free Appraisals for Hidden Treasures

By Andrew Tanielian
|  Friday, Jul 27, 2012  |  Updated 7:41 PM CDT
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Some North Texans discovered they were sitting on a lot of money after talking to appraisers from Dallas-based Heritage Auctions at Fort Worth's Botanic Gardens.

Andrew Tanielian, NBC 5 Reporter

Some North Texans discovered they were sitting on a lot of money after talking to appraisers from Dallas-based Heritage Auctions at Fort Worth's Botanic Gardens.

Ever looked in your closet and wondered what a long lost treasure is worth?

If so, appraisers are spending the weekend at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden waiting to look at what you found.

"I think I'll just keep it," said Maudia Mathis who got her family's silver plated flatware set appraised for about $150.

Others, such as gun owner Billy Bryan, can't wait to sell. He owns one of the two guns federal agents used to kill gangster John Dillinger.

"It's time, all my friends have seen it. It's time to get something new," said Bryan, who is enthusiastic about selling a piece of history.

"It would be the premier piece of anyone's gun collection," said Clifford Chappell who is an appraiser for Heritage Auctions.

He and his colleagues are at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden all weekend ready to read into what you have.

You can find them in Fort Worth's Botanical Garden's Oak Hall between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

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