Marvin Gaye‘s 1964 passport has been valued at $20,000 (£12,300) after being brought onto Antiques Roadshow in America. Watch the clip above.
Viewers of the PBS show on Monday night (February 3), saw a long-time Motown fan, who previously worked at the label’s museum, bring in the rare item having discovered it in a record bought at a garage sale for 50 cents. As Spin reports, the item of memorabilia was valued at a minimum of $20,000 by appraiser Laura Wooley.
Speaking about how he came to own such a unique and rare item of memorabilia, the man said he picked it up at the singer’s estate sale where he bought a collection of LPs and singles for less than a dollar. “When I got home, I was going through them and out of an album fell this passport,” he said. “And so it literally fell into my hands.”
Appraiser Wooley told the man: “This is dated 1964, which is great, and it is after he added the ‘E’ to the end of his name, because when he was signed as a solo artist with Motown, he decided to add that ‘E,’ and there’s a lot of different theories: People say it’s because he wanted to separate himself from his father or because he actually liked Sam Cooke so much, who had an ‘E’ at the end of his name, that he wanted to imitate his idol.”
Marvin Gaye died in 1984 and is best known for songs including ‘What’s Going On’ and ‘Sexual Healing’. The singer released his song ‘How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)’ in 1964, the year he was issued the passport.