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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
22 Seasons, 411 Episodes
January 1, 1997
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Antiques Roadshow Full Episode Guide

  • Conclusion. In Palm Springs, items include Charles Schreyvogel's oil painting "A Lone Horse," ca. 1900; Disneyland hand-colored architectural elevations, ca. 1954; and a 1982 Bob Mackie beaded dress made for Brooke Shields.

  • Part 2 of 3 in Palm Springs includes a 1966 Roy Lichtenstein screenprint; NASA Apollo archive, ca. 1965; and Tiffany Studios mosaic panel, ca. 1905.

  • Part 1 of 3 in Palm Springs includes a 1965 Noah Purifoy sculpture; Carroll O'Connor's "Archie Bunker" coat, ca. 1970; and Franz Bergman foundry Vienna bronze lamp from around 1920.

  • Conclusion. From Indianapolis, pieces include an 1898 Alphonse Mucha JOB poster; 1974 George Nakashima "Kent Hall" floor lamp; and 1961 Ty Cobb-autographed baseball.

  • Part 2 of 3 in Indianapolis spotlights a 1952 Joe Louis-signed whiskey bottle; Sheraton sideboard, from around 1820; and 1928 New York Yankees team autographed baseball.

  • Part 1 of 3 in Indianapolis includes a Norman Rockwell charcoal self-portrait, from around 1976; 1958 autographed Indy 500 racing flag; and 1883 Victorian wedding ensemble.

  • A special featuring Civil War items, including a Lincoln Cabinet- and Senate-signed album; a Walt Whitman war letter; and a hospital steward's uniform.

  • Conclusion. In Fort Worth, antiques featured are an 1864 Civil War statue hilt presentation sword; 1936 Joe Fortenberry Olympic gold medal; and James Madison's personal seal, circa 1828.

  • Part 2 of 3 in Fort Worth includes a Felipe Orlando abstract oil, ca. 1980; a German baroque lock-box from around 1625; and a Green Bay Packers championship ring, circa 1965.

  • The first of three parts in Fort Worth. Featuring: a rock 'n' roll poster collection from the late 1960s; a Delaware tribe beaded baldric; an Auguste Rodin "Eternal Spring" bronze.

  • Beloved appraisals from the show's first 20 seasons are highlighted. Featuring: a Navajo Ute First Phase Blanket; a signed Warhol collection; and a Tang Dynasty marble lion.

  • Visit all six cities of this season for never-before-seen appraisals and a $40,000-$60,000 discovery.

  • A peak at object with Asian and Pacific Islands origins. Featuring: a Hawaiian kou bowl; Ghandi presentation spinning wheel; and 1888 Joesph Nawahi artwork.

  • Items include a 1907 Robert Henri oil painting, a late 16th-century diamond wedding jewel and an English giltwood cabinet-on-stand.

  • A 2001 stop in Boston is revisited. Items include a violin attributed to Johannes B. Ceruti; an 1836 Joseph H. Davis painting; and a frontiersman's pipe tomahawk.

  • A 2001 trip to Miami is revisited. Items include a John Lehman stoneware jug circa 1870; 34-star Civil War flag; and René Portocarrero painting, ca. 1958.

  • A 2001 San Diego stop is revisited. Featuring: a Dr. Seuss "Kangaroo Bird"; a Tiffany & Co. yellow diamond pendant; and a 1781 George Washington lifetime print.

  • A review of a 2001 visit to New Orleans features a New Orleans art pottery jardinière; an 1858 map of lower Mississippi; and a 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series ball.

  • A 2001 visit to Indianapolis is reviewed. Featuring: an autographed electric guitar; a Little Orphan Annie dress, ca. 1930; and a 1913 N.C. Wyeth art work.

  • Articles featured during a 2001 trip to the Big Apple are reappraised, including an Émile Gallé faience cat, ca. 1890; a 1968 Robert F. Kennedy letter; and a Philadelphia candle stand, ca. 1765.

  • Articles from a 2001 visit to Tucson are reappraised, including a Navajo Ute First Phase blanket.

  • The last episode in Cleveland features a "Big Bronco" coin-operated horse circa 1952; Bill Watterson archive, ca. 1975; and a Tiffany & Co. pendant watch necklace.

  • Part 2 of 3 in Cleveland. Featuring the following treasures an Ohio salt-glazed figurative stoneware match stand; 1863 Civil War grave marker group; and 1964 Manoucher Yektai oil painting.

  • Part 1 of 3 in Cleveland. Featuring items such as 1920 World Series stubs; a Charles Rohlfs music stand circa 1905; and an Ohio folk art double portrait, ca. 1838.

  • The finale in Omaha features the following treasures: a Humphreys' homeopathic medicine cabinet; 1939 Gregoire Boonzaier "View of Cape Town" oil painting; and a mid-19th-century Mormon book archive.

  • Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra baseball jerseys, from 1955 and 1951, respectively; an 1863 gilt bronze-mounted gaslight; an 1887 Seth Whipple oil painting

  • Part 1 of 3 in Omaha includes a 1939 Grant Wood "Fertility" lithograph; a Daytona model Rolex circa 1970 with its box and papers; and Prohibition liquor bottles, from around 1925.

  • Conclusion. In Tucson, featuring a 1994 Pete Seeger authentic song; an 1889 George Hitchcock oil diptych; and an 1861 Abraham Lincoln presidential absolution.

  • Part 2 of 3 in Tucson includes a Jackie Robinson archive from around 1938; a 1960 GMT Master model Rolex with its original box and papers; and diamond and onyx jewelry, from about 1920.

  • Part 1 of 3 in Tucson highlights a 1943 yearbook autographed by Allen Ginsberg; an 1884 Anna Pottery temperance snake jug; and an Alfons Walde oil painting from around 1935.

  • The Charleston, S.C. conclusion features: an 1890 Frederic Remington watercolor; a 1970 Jimi Hendrix collection; and an 1879 James A.M. Whistler "The Palaces" artwork.

  • Showcasing in Charleston: a Francis Sommer astronomical regulator clock; an 1899 Oscar Wilde manuscript poem; and a 1960 René Portocarrero "Catedral" oil painting.

  • New appraisals include an archive of the Oak Ridge Journal, the newspaper for a town created for the Manhattan Project; a Pete Seeger autographed sign relating to the Peekskill riots of 1949; and an 1854 Edward Beyer panoramic oil painting that features Charleston before West Virginia separated from Virginia.

  • The last part of the Little Rock series. Featuring: a 1985 Charles Schulz Snoopy sketch; Chinese altar ornamentation, from 1850; and a 1919 William Faulkner handmade poetry booklet.

  • This episode includes a 1983 Truman Capote Playboy manuscript; a jazz musician photograph archive, ca. 1945; and a Mississippian effigy figure, ca. A.D. 1000-1500.

  • Part one of three in Little Rock, Arkansas. Featuring an Olin Travis painting; 1936 Lou Gehrig autograph; and an English giltwood cabinet-on-stand, ca. 1730.

  • The last hour in Spokane, features a 1938 "Snow White" poster, a Chineses huanghuali cosmetic case; and a 1860 chromolithograph by John J. Audubon.

  • Items from the second part of the Spokane special include a 1961-63 JFK archive; grotesque face jug; and "Gone with the Wind" sketches.

  • A visit to Spokane, Washington. Items include: a 1919 Belmont Stakes trophy; "The Avengers" comics from 1963; and two paintings by Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso.

Antiques Roadshow News

'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.

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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW | The Civil War Years Preview | PBS Clip (03:07) ANTIQUES ROADSHOW | Fort Worth, Hour 3 Preview | PBS Clip (03:13) ANTIQUES ROADSHOW | Fort Worth, Hour 1 Preview: Rock & Roll Poster Collection | PBS Clip (04:27) ANTIQUES ROADSHOW | Season 21 Official Trailer | PBS Clip (01:01) ANTIQUES ROADSHOW | 1936 Olympic Basketball Gold Medal | Tucson Hr 3 Preview | PBS Clip (02:23) ANTIQUES ROADSHOW | 1943 Allen Ginsberg-signed Yearbook | Tucson Hr 1 Preview | PBS Clip (04:51) Antiques Roadshow | Season 18 Sneak Preview | PBS Clip (04:47) ANTIQUES ROADSHOW | Junk in the Trunk 3 (Preview): Navajo Jewelry Collection, ca. 1900 | PBS Clip (02:57)