Classified by programming
genre such as TV series and specials,
movies and documentaries, as well as by
stars (biographical), the collection is
encased in the original filing cabinets
used by the
publishers of the television guide inserts.
File upon file of extraordinary, classic
memorabilia is meticulously
filed by genre and constitutes a one-of-a-kind
archive of materials. In keeping with
the original intent and spirit of the
archive, the Vonetes family looks forward to the continued use of
their TV collection for business and
Expertly appraised at a value
of more than $1 million, this vast archive
is a gold mine of materials that,
when acquired, is especially suited
to various business and philanthropic
As a reference
library for a publishing
or broadcast concern, this
collection could form the
cornerstone of the most complete
history of television ever
technology, the entire
archive will be scanned
and archived. This archive
will provide the most complete reference sites on American
television programming online today.
The basic expert
appraisal of this collection
can be requested by emailing
and supports a valuation
of more than $1
Experts indicate that a more
detailed and extensive appraisal
will likely result in
a higher valuation, providing
the basis for tax benefits
from donating this collection
to a recognized organization.
Please consult your
tax advisor for details
on such donations.
The basic appraisal
of the collection was
derived from evaluating
it in its entirety
as a single archive.
However, many of the
individual files form
mini-collections with potentially
higher break-up value when
sold to fans and collectors.
this collection worth?
We commissioned a basic appraisal of
this collection by a respected valuation
company. As there are virtually no other
collections of this size and scope,
it was a difficult undertaking. We
can only estimate its true value based
on some basic business criteria.
Among the few collections that
have been available in the past, one small collection that was
comprised of files that covered television information
for a span of about 10 years from the early 1970's to the early
1980's was sold for approximately $350,000 in 1986. According
to our best information, that earlier collection was subsequently
donated to a university library by the
philanthropist who had acquired it. In
contrast, the Vonetes collection covers everything about
television from 1959 to the present day.
The Voneteses have diligently filed and maintained
this collection religiously over the
believe that the physical collection
is worth well over $1.5 million.
Many of the pictures
in this collection are now extremely rare; some of the
individual files in this collection will appeal to collectors.
But as an archive in its entirety, this collection provides one
of the most complete historical snapshots of the history of American
For a copy
of the valuation and appraisal, please email
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