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20 Pieces Of "Junk" That Made Their Owners Rich On Antiques Roadshow

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It's the ultimate dream of everyone who loves to browse flea markets and antique stores: digging up some forgotten treasure that turns out to be worth a fortune.

For most people, that dream involves going on Antiques Roadshow, where experts travel around the country looking at different antiques and revealing which ones are worth WAY more than their owners expect.

While the show has been around longer in Britain, the American version turns 20 in 2017, so we've collected some of the most interesting and valuable antiques from the show's history.

We've added some great examples from the UK as well, but no matter where you live you should start looking through your attic to see if you have any of these great finds tucked away behind your old silverware.

1. Norman Rockwell's "The Little Model" - $500,000

Rockwell
Oregon Live

This painting's owner says his great-grandmother was the aunt of famous oil painter Norman Rockwell, who gave this piece to her. On a 2012 episode, he found out it was worth half a million dollars.

2. Winston Churchill's Cigar - Around $1,000

Churchill
Daily Mail

Supposedly, Churchill smoked this cigar while planning the D-Day invasion. It may be worth more, since another cigar chomped by the famous Prime Minister sold for nearly $2,500.

3. Edgar Allen Poe Picture - $50,000

Poe
PBS

There aren't many photographs of the famous author, making this a picture worth $50,000.

4. Gold Plated Luxus II Camera - $620,000

Camera
Luxury Trump

Called the 'rarest camera in the world,' only four of these lizard-skin covered cameras were ever produced - but this is the last surviving model.

5. Prussian Plate - $185,000

Plate
Just Collecting

This antique's owner came on the show to get some rare books valued, but it turned out this old plate she brought along once belonged to Prussia's King Frederick II.

6. Farmer's 'Jardiniere' Vase - over $820,000

Vase
PBS

Farmer Terry Nurrish kept this antique vase in his living room, and his children used it as a goalpost for their soccer games. Luckily they didn't break it, because it was actually made by famous French designer Christofle.

7. Ozzy the Owl Vase - about $25,000

Bt TV

This vase, whose owners named it "Ozzy," was used to hold flowers until they found out he was a valuable pottery vase from the 1640s. Now Ozzy lives in a museum.

What can top a great antique like that? How about a million dollar blanket...

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