Here's a fun treat for TV memorabilia fans or just fans of Norman Lear's groundbreaking sitcom, All in the Family: A jacket worn by fictional Queens resident Archie Bunker, played by the late Carroll O'Connor, was appraised on Antiques Roadshow. A woman bought it from an estate sale of O'Connor's widow and paid just $40 for the plaid CPO coat!
The episode (which premieres Monday night) was filmed in Palm Springs, and the curious Roadshow attendee explained that when O'Connor's wife—Nancy Fields O'Connor, a documentary producer—died in 2014, her daughter-in-law opened up their Malibu home for the estate sale. She described going into a bedroom and realizing the coat looked like it was right out of Archie Bunker's wardrobe. She said to the daughter-in-law, "These couldn't possibly be your father's in law's clothes," and got the reply, "Yeah, my mom never threw anything away."
The attendee said that having the coat "just takes me back to a time when my whole family was together, laughing and having a good time." And of course, there's a great reaction to the appraised value: $10,000 to $15,000!
And here's that famous scene with O'Connor and Sammy Davis Jr., with the plaid coat in the background:
Tonight's episode of Antiques Roadshow also features a Noah Purifoy sculpture and a Franz Bergman lamp. We spoke to producer Marsha Bemko in 2014 when the show made a return to NYC and there was a million-dollar appraisal!