Marvin Gaye's Passport Found in 50-Cent Yard Sale Record Album

Wednesday, 05 Feb 2014 11:04 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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A man who stumbled across Marvin Gaye's passport stashed in a record album he bought at a yard sale for 50 cents learned recently that the late singer's travel document from 1964 could be worth as much as $20,000.

The Motown fan's story was featured on Monday's episode of the PBS reality show, "Antiques Roadshow." He said he picked up the record from the estate sale of a musician who had died and didn’t realize until he was home that Gaye's passport was sitting inside.

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The musician who died reportedly worked with Gaye at one time but it's not clear how he got the singer's passport, according to

"Antiques Roadshow" employed appraiser Laura Woolley to inspect the passport.

"This is such an innocent time, and people love passports because they also show where he was all over the world, what he's doing during these years — he's obviously traveling, he's touring," Woolley said. "People also like them because we know that they're real signatures, because you have to sign your own passport."

The passport is dated 1964, which means Gaye was just 24 years old in the photo.

Woolley said it could be worth as much as $20,000 if the man chose to insure it.

"Are you kidding me?" the man said. "Wow. I never would have thought. I mean, I'm just shocked. I mean . . . wow. Oh gosh, thank you."

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