Mon, 03/03/2014 - 8:00pm

Pictured: A 1976 letter from legendary crooner Frank Sinatra to Chicago Daily News columnist Mike Royko. An enraged Sinatra is responding to the columnist’s unflattering jibes; in turn, Royko printed Sinatra’s letter, then auctioned it for charity. Appraiser Simeon Lipman delights the letter’s owner with his valuation of $15,000.

Credit: Courtesy of Jeff Dunn for Antiques Roadshow

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Antiques Roadshow’s special edition, “Simply the Best,” showcases objects deemed the finest examples of their kind ever seen on ROADSHOW. Highlights include: a superlative pair of circa 1795, Massachusetts-made Federal side chairs, valued at $30,000 to $50,000; a staggeringly rare 19th-century Rhode Island rifle and powderhorn, valued at $100,000 to $120,000; and the “holy grail” of American women’s suffrage movement posters — a timely reminder that 2010 is the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution — valued at $10,000 to $15,000. Antiques Roadshow airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV.