Marvin Gaye's Lost Passport Found at Estate Sale

Marvin Gaye 1964 passport

Marvin Gaye's Lost Passport Found at Estate Sale

Former Motown Museum worker accidentally makes a very valuable discovery.

Published February 4, 2014

Another's man's trash could wind up being a $20,000 treasure.

According to, a former Motown Museum worker was rummaging through an estate sale of a Detroit musician and found the legendary Marvin Gaye's 1964 passport. 

"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," the unnamed man recounted on air yesterday (Feb. 3) for the Antiques Roadshow.

He said he had been a "Motown collector" since he was 18, so he ultimately purchased several albums and 45s for himself. "When I got home, I was going through them and out of an album fell this passport," he continued with a laugh. "And so, it literally fell into my hands."

He said he paid just 50 cents for the album. He found out afterward from an Antiques Roadshow appraiser that it was worth twenty stacks. "I wouldn't put less than $20,000 on the passport if you were to insure it," Laura Wooley told him, noting that passport finds are especially incredible because they show where the person has been, they are only issued every so often in a person's life and because they include an original signature.

This one, in particular, was a sweet find because 1964 was "one of the happiest times of his life ... his career's really starting to take off."

No word yet on what the man's plans are with the document. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.  

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Written by BET-Staff


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