A North Carolina man by the name of Jerry Williams inherited a collection of nearly 250,000 ancient Indian arrowheads. The collection will be featured on the FOX Business Network series, Strange Inheritance with Jamie Colby, premiering Monday, Jan. 22, at 9 p.m. ET.
As described on the FOX Business Network site, the collection was originally gathered by a North Carolina couple, Moon and Irene Mullins who amassed the relics over a half-century beginning in the 1930’s. Moon Mullins willed the arrowheads to his friend and caregiver Jerry Williams.
The collection has grabbed the attention of Joe Candillo, Native American historian and a member of the Pascua Yaqui tribe. “The Mullins Collection surpasses anything I’ve seen in private hands … It’s breathtaking. You’re just overtaken by the number of arrowheads.”
In the episode, Wayne Underwood, a friend of the North Carolina couple, tells Jamie Colby that Western movie star John Wayne once tried to buy it from Moon. “Not even John Wayne could convince him to part with it. Moon turned him down immediately,” said Underwood.
Underwood said the couple would “hunt all day long. They just loved life and they loved spending it together.” He said they found their biggest hauls on farms and fertile land where tribes built villages, leaving behind artifacts.
In 1982, Irene Mullins died at age 69. Jerry Williams and his wife moved in with Moon Mullins to care for him and keep the arrowheads from being lost if Mullins were to go to a resting home. Mullins died in 1987.
Wayne Underwood had hoped to buy the collection from Jerry Williams and his wife, knowing it was worth around a million dollars. But he didn’t have that much money.
Joe Candillo agrees the collection is extremely valuable. “As you go back in time, typically an arrowhead becomes more valuable. Some of the oldest points, my goodness, I have seen those go anywhere from five hundred to a couple thousand dollars.”
Watch the ‘Strange Inheritance: Indian Arrowheads’ preview video here.
Underwood and Williams struck a deal. Underwood agreed to pay one dollar from every ticket sold from his attraction and museum in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, called Mystery Hill for the rest of the couple’s lives. Once Underwood paid $300,000 he would own the collection.
To date, the Williams’ couple have received nearly $400,000 and Underwood is planning a new building to house the collection. Due to new laws making it illegal to take arrowheads from public lands Underwood’s collection may be the largest private collection ever.
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