A family heirloom has unexpectedly transformed the life of a man who was struggling to make ends meet after sustaining serious injuries in a car crash. Identified only as “L.T.” in a YouTube video posted by John Moran Auctions, he was reportedly surviving on a monthly disability check of just $839 when he saw an episode of “Antiques Roadshow” that would change his life. After watching the show’s appraiser value a Navajo blanket — similar to one that had been passed down in his family for generations — at half a million dollars, he decided to call an appraiser.

L.T. learned that his blanket was a genuine Navajo first-phase chief’s blanket. According to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Navajo weavers stopped making such blankets around 1865. Today they are extremely rare, with less than 50 in existence. Typically made of wool and featuring a simple pattern of horizontal stripes, the blankets are revered as an example of Navajo art and craftsmanship. L.T.’s heirloom, which his family members once casually used around their homes, ultimately sold for $1.8 million.

“I never thought mine would be worth anything close to that,” L.T. says in the YouTube video. “I thought maybe it would be worth $10,000 or $15,000 or something,”

The video has recently gone viral as people share L.T.’s amazing rags-to-riches story.

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