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Antiques Roadshow is a TV show whose basic premise is appraising antiques. Various customers bring in their old items to be examined by the experts, who eventually give them an estimate as to what these items are worth. The show is very educational, since the experts frequently go into the history of the item to help explain its value.

The show has been on the air on PBS since 1997. It is based on a British TV show of the same name which began in 1979 and is still on the air. The US version has been nominated for nine Emmy Awards over the course of its run. The show's current host is Mark L. Walberg, who has been hosting since 2005. Past hosts include Lara Spencer, Dan Elias and Chris Jussel.

The show travels to several cities every season. For each city, the public can request tickets to attend the taping. Tickets are free but given out to preselected people via a form on the Antiques Roadshow website. Those with tickets are then given a time slot between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. of the day in question. The Antiques Roadshow team often appraises thousands of items at each taping.

While often the items brought in are not worth very much, there have been a few astonishing finds on the show. The most valuable item ever appraised on the show was a collection of Chinese cups from rhinoceros horns, found in July of 2011 in Tulsa, OK. The cups were valued at $1-1.5 million. Other valuable finds have included oil paintings by Norman Rockwell (valued at $500,000) and Clyfford Still (valued conservatively at $500,000).

In 2005, a spinoff show began airing. It was called Antiques Roadshow FYI and contained additional information about collecting antiques, as well as providing follow-up information about the most memorable items featured on the original Antiques Roadshow.

Monday 8:00pm et/pt on PBS
23 Seasons, 476 Episodes
January 30, 2006
Reality
7.2/10
Cast: Michael Aspel, Hugh Scully, Fiona Bruce
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Antiques Roadshow Full Episode Guide

  • Fiona and the team travel to Hillsborough Castle, the official royal residence in Northern Ireland, and Ashton Court in Bristol.

  • The Roadshow returns to Tredegar House, where finds include a locket given by Queen Victoria, a Welsh-made classic car and an implement for creating tattoos.

  • The Antiques Roadshow is at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, where discoveries include a stunning piece of Swedish glass and an invitation to Sir Walter Scott's funeral.

  • The Antiques Roadshow visits Ashton Court in Bristol, where intriguing finds include a nautilus shell engraved with Brunel's suspension bridge.

  • The Antiques Roadshow returns to Barrington Court in Somerset, where finds include a revolver believed to have been owned by Wild West showman Buffalo Bill.

  • The Antiques Roadshow team visit Barrington Court in Somerset, where finds include a toy Noah's ark, an Elizabethan wine jug and ceramic brewery figures.

  • At Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery in Glasgow, the team are intrigued and a little unsettled by an army of insects mounted in precious metals.

  • The Antiques Roadshow makes a return visit to Lowther Castle, where treasures include Action Man figures, a giant skeleton clock and watercolors by Beatrix Potter.

  • The Antiques Roadshow pays a visit to Lowther Castle in Cumbria, where treasures include a mysterious letterbox and a stuffed dog with an aristocratic pedigree.

  • The Antiques Roadshow makes a return visit to Belton House, where finds include a ceramic souvenir of the first elephant at Regent's Park Zoo.

  • The Antiques Roadshow visits Belton House in Lincolnshire, where surprising finds include a collection of Chairman Mao memorabilia from China.

  • The Antiques Roadshow returns to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, where treasures include a miniature piano with a secret and a sketch by LS Lowry.

  • The Antiques Roadshow visits Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, where treasures include a miniature kitchen range and a sextant.

  • The Antiques Roadshow return to Waltham Forest Town Hall, where finds include an art deco pendant and a purse that saved the life of a German soldier.

  • The Antiques Roadshow visits Durham Cathedral, where treasures include a sweetheart brooch, a giant Victorian penknife and secret D-Day documents.

  • The Antiques Roadshow marks the festive season with a look back at some of the year's highlights and updates about items that have appeared on the series.

  • The Antiques Roadshow visits Waltham Forest Town Hall, where a lively crowd reveal surprises including a Rolex that James Bond would be proud of.

  • The Antiques Roadshow makes a return visit to Towneley Hall in Burnley, Lancashire, where the team admire a collection of cut-throat razors and a Tiffany mosaic.

  • Tredegar House near Newport in Wales provides a colourful backdrop for a show that includes a carved coconut and a tapestry tribute to rock band Status Quo.

  • In a special episode from the Somme battlefields, Fiona Bruce and a small group of experts meet families bringing stories of courage and humanity in wartime.

  • The Antiques Roadshow returns to Chenies Manor, where the team learn of an extraordinary update about an ornate French plant stand last seen on the Roadshow in 1991.

  • The Antiques Roadshow visits Chenies Manor, where finds include two paintings of the Titanic, an intricate bamboo pot and a valuable piece of Star Wars memorabilia.

  • The Antiques Roadshow welcomes visitors to Derby's Roundhouse, where finds include a portrait on a pillowcase and the world's earliest football trophy.

  • The Antiques Roadshow returns to Scone Palace in Perthshire, Scotland, where the team discover an ornate wooden box said to have been stolen from Napoleon.

  • The Antiques Roadshow is back among the ruins of Kirby Hall in Northamptonshire. An elaborate chair carved just a few years ago stops the team in their tracks.

  • The Antiques Roadshow visits Kirby Hall in Northamptonshire, where star finds include a vintage TV set and a jade bowl once used as a butter dish.

  • The Antiques Roadshow returns for its 35th year, an occasion marked by a visit from Her Majesty the Queen to meet members of the team in Northern Ireland.

  • Revisit OKC appraisals from 15 years ago that have been updated with today’s market value, including Bill Graham handbills, a Gallé Marquetry vase made around 1900, and Art Deco travel posters. Which has more than doubled in value since 2003?

  • Get transported back to ANTIQUES ROADSHOW’s second visit to the Second City for first-rate finds such as a 1908 Chicago Cubs presentation piece, a Tiffany & Co. gold necklace, and a 1904 Henry Woods oil. Which appraisals have soared and which have sunk in the marketplace since 2003?

  • How much has the antiques market evolved in the past 20 years? Find out as ANTIQUES ROADSHOW revisits and updates standout Portland appraisals from 1998, including one treasure with a new valuation that jumps to $70,000-$90,000!

  • Savannah may be the oldest city in Georgia, but ANTIQUES ROADSHOW only needs to travel back to 2003 for remarkable finds including a wedding dress from about 1798, a 1912 Ivan Khlebnikov jewelry casket, and a George William Sotter oil. Which is appraised for up to $50,000 in the current market?

  • Celebrate as ANTIQUES ROADSHOW wraps up its groundbreaking visit to Rosecliff mansion with even more treasures including a Tiffany & Co. sapphire and diamond ring, a Boston bureau table made around 1770, and M.C. Escher lithographs. Find out which is appraised for $100,000!

  • Items include a Fabergé jade snuff bottle made around 1890, Basquiat oil stick drawing, and General Wharton Civil War archive.

  • Items include a diamond pin sway, a Rohmer doll, and Tiffany vases.

  • In Green Bay, items include a Belle Epoque diamond necklace from about 1915, 1952 and 1954 baseball cards, and Cheyenne cradleboard made around 1895.

  • Items include a Renaissance-revival poison ring from around 1875, a 1939 Union Pacific premiere banner, and a Harry Bertoia spray sculpture made around 1965.

  • Items include a 1967 Green Bay Packers "Ice Bowl" sign, a 1636 Rembrandt "Christ Before Pilate" etching, and an 1849-1850 Gold Rush diary.

  • Conclusion. Uncover West Coast wonders such as a Pablo Picasso "Grand Oiseau Vert" pot, an Ottoman zarf made around 1875, and a Tiffany Studios "Bookmark" desk set from around 1924.

  • Part 2 of 3. Take a passage to Portland to learn more about antique and vintage items like a 1942 Oregon State jacket and Rose Bowl trophy, a Ming Dynasty celadon bowl, and Evel Knievel leathers from around 1967.

  • Part 1 of 3. Travel to the City of Roses for fantastic finds such as "Heller in Pink Tights" movie credits, a mid-century modern Eero Saarinen Womb settee, and a Lincoln-inscribed photograph from about 1860.

  • Conclusion. In St. Louis, items include a 1920 Grace Ravlin oil painting; a Michael Jackson-signed fedora and photo from around 1990; and a Tiffany GMT-Master Rolex, ca. 1963.

  • A Rookwood Shirayamadani black opal vase from 1927; an Elijah Pierce preaching stick; an Ozark Air Lines poster circa 1960.

  • A 1901 "Longest Bearded Man" banner; a 1602 Adam Islip-published book of Chaucer's complete works; a 15th-century Chinese Bodhisattva gilt bronze.

  • An Andy Warhol portrait by Jamie Wyeth, circa 1975; a Chinese gold-splashed bronze wine vessel circa 1795; a 1904 Smith & Son tourbillon pocket watch.

  • "Blade Runner" set decoration; Agnes Martin mixed-media abstractions circa 1955; feather golf ball circa 1840.

  • A diamond bracelet and a Van Cleef & Arpels diamond ring; Mardi Gras Comus Krewe parade float watercolors from 1892; Keith Haring subway graffiti art circa 1980.

  • The 1963-1968 NASA archive of U.S. Air Force Col. Pearl Tucker; a painted "Bucher" box circa 1800; Randy Gumpert baseball archive.

  • Charles "Heinie" Wagner Red Sox archive; Carl Schweninger oil painting circa 1850; a 1975 "Yellow Submarine" jacket made for Karen Carpenter.

  • Celebrate ROADSHOW's new season with a Harrisburg visit and emotional $200,000-$300,000 appraisal!.

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'Antiques Roadshow' Hits Paydirt With $1.5 Million Dollar Cups

There's hidden treasure, and then there's hidden treasure. A man came on to a recent "Antiques Roadshow" taping in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a collection of antique cups he had purchased in China during the 70's, and walked away with a $1.5 million dollar appraisal.

PBS to Begin Airing (Gasp!) Commercials!

Sure, it's a little dry. Yes, it's all educational and stuff. But there was always one great thing about PBS: no commercials! For years, PBS has been using an advertising model specific to their network: air the program, then air sponsor messages at the very end, in between programs. It's certainly nice for the viewers, and it means that PBS doesn't have to worry about appeasing any advertisers, leaving them free to produce the kind of thoughtful, educational content that nobody really wants to watch all that much.