There's something about vintage illustrations, especially midcentury designs, that make our hearts go pitter patter. And on Monday night, while we joined in a live conversation on Twitter with our friends at "Antiques Roadshow," we were excited to catch a unique appraisal of some fab '60s fashion study posters.
Appraiser Nicholas Lowry from Swann Auction Galleries gave his expert opinion on a series of prints that he determined were from the late 1950s or early 1960s. The sketches, originally watercolors, were by Bill Atkinson, a renowned designer who interestingly enough was an architect before working in fashion. We think framing these colorful depictions of models wearing everything from casual sportswear to swimsuits from that era would make a fun and nostalgic feature wall in a home. And the best part? The lucky owner, who paid only $8 for the entire lot at an estate sale, was told that her finds were worth up to $3,200.
Watch the clip above to get a look at these finds, and make sure to tune into "Antiques Roadshow" on Mondays at 8/7C PM on PBS.
Click through the slideshow to see our favorite Hollywood finds from Antiques Roadshow's archives.
"”Rosemary's” Baby is on everyone's top-10 list of horror films and Clem Hall is one of the reasons why. The lucky owner of this drawing received it directly from Hall himself decades ago. As was the practice of the time, the drawings weren't saved — this one was rescued on its way to the garbage — when the current owner was giving tours on Paramount Picture's lot. The drawing captures That Rosemary Baby's creepy factor and is a truly rare survivor. " http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/201101T13.html
"If it weren't for Margaret Mitchell, Clark Gable would not have had the chance to utter the number one movie line of all time: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." Our guest's aunt was David O. Selznick's technical adviser and production notes fill the book — with the film's 13 nominations and 10 wins, there are clues in those scrawl-covered pages for the magic that resulted — along with autographs by the stars and Mitchell herself." http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/201105A43.html
"It's not often that one gets to see a six-figure dress. This fabulous "costume" was created by Oscar-winning costume designer, Orry-Kelly. Marilyn was tiny as this slim-cut dress reminds us. I'd be tempted to try this on if it was mine, but no one wants to play "who wore it best?" when Marilyn is the competition." http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/200801A38.html
Meryl Streep is the only other actress to receive more Oscar nominations than Katharine Hepburn. With four wins, Hepburn still tops the list for those who got to take home the statue. Her extraordinary talent didn't stop there. She was also an artist and gifted her paintings to friends — this guest was one of those lucky recipients. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/200806A19.html
"Who doesn't love The Duke? John Wayne is an American icon and we were lucky enough to meet the son of Wayne's decades-long partner. A partner in movie making? Why no. Our hero dabbled in catering with this guest's father. Who knew?!" http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/200404A09.html
'If you've seen this film you'll never forget it — no wonder Jack Nicholson won for Best Actor. Our guest is a die-hard Nicholson fan who said she'd give it all up for a night on the town with Jack. Jack, are you listening? We appraised this collection for 4,000 to $6,000. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/201103T15.html
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