Lost Marvin Gaye Passport Found, Bought For 50 Cents

After returning to an estate sale of the late musician Marvin Gaye, a former Motown Museum employee made a huge discovery—Gaye’s passport!

The lucky man later dropped the 411 on the surreal experience to appraiser Laura Woolley on an Antiques Roadshow, which aired yesterday.

“After a Motown musician had passed, we had gone to their house to pick up some items that the family wanted to donate to the museum, and they had said, ‘Is there anything else you wanted? Because otherwise, it’s going to be in the estate sale this weekend.’ She said, ‘No,’ and I said, ‘What about these albums and records?”’

The man decided not to take anything to the museum but instead made a U-turn back to the sale where he bought a few albums for 50 cents each and a 45s for 25 cents. “When I got home, I was going through them and out of an album fell this passport,” the man said, laughing. “And so it literally fell into my hands.”

Woolley later told him just how valuable his discovery is. “I wouldn’t put less than $20,000 on the passport if you were to insure it.”

Still in disbelief, all the man replied back with was “Are you kidding me? I never would have thought. I mean, I’m just shocked. I mean… wow. Oh gosh, thank you.”

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