Putting A Price On History: Madam C.J. Walker Memorabilia Appraised On ‘Antiques Roadshow’

April 10, 2014  |  

Are you a fan of PBS’ Antiques Roadshow? If you’re like me, your ears perk up when black memorabilia gets highlighted. This happened recently when the show ventured to the Toy and Miniature Museum in Kansas City.

Loretta L. of Independence, Missouri showed up with a book a friend gave her. The book turned out to be the very first hair styling and fashion book published for African-American women, reports EURWeb.

Text Book of the Madam C.J. Walker Schools of Beauty Culture is filled with home remedies by the beauty business trailblazer. Loretta, who is a licensed hairdresser, even tried out some of the suggestions.

Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove in 1867, built a beauty empire and became America’s first female self-made millionaire.

Antiques Roadshow appraiser Ken Sanders found out Loretta’s treasure was a first-edition copy published in 1928. He valued it at $10,000. Loretta went on to sell the book to a dealer in Boston. But she’s mum about how much she received.

“I really don’t want to tell you what I got for the book,” she said with a laugh, “but I sold it.”

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