It was a typical day for a Motown fanatic in Detroit - that is, until, an album he had purchased for 50 cents actually had Marvin Gaye's passport from 1964 inside of it. On the latest episode of the US version of Antiques Roadshow, the collector explains how it literally fell into his hands:

“It came to me by pure accident. For years, I worked for the Motown Museum here in Detroit, started when I was 18 years old. I was a Motown collector – anything Motown, I loved. And 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, and they had said, ‘Is there anything else you wanted? Because otherwise, it’s going to be in the estate sale this weekend.’”

He must have been having a pretty lucky day. He had turned down most of the albums and LPs because they already had so many, but he couldn't help himself and went back to purchase some for his own collection. He explained, “When I got home, I was going through them and out of an album fell this passport. And so it literally fell into my hands." Roadshow expert Laura Wooley told us some more information on the episode, saying:

“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. I wouldn’t put less than $20,000 on the passport if you were to insure it.”