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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, 437 Episodes
January 30, 2006
Cast: Michael Aspel, Hugh Scully, Fiona Bruce
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  • 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!.

  • Discover never-before-aired appraisals from all six Season 21 cities. Which is the top find?.

  • Conclusion. Appraisals of items from all 50 states. Included: a Green Bay Packers championship group; Joseph Henry Sharp oil; and Molesworth lamp and furniture.

  • Part 1 of 2. Hidden treasures from all 50 states. Featured items include a Thomas Hart Benton oil on tin; a Kentucky sugar chest; and a 1960 inscribed "To Kill a Mockingbird."

  • Journey to 2002 to learn how past appraisals fare in today's market, plus a $75,000-$125,000 find!.

  • Travel back 15 years to see memorable treasures including an appraisal that jumps to $70,000!.

  • Uncover how appraisals from 15 years ago have held up in the rising and falling antiques market.

  • Learn how the antiques market has evolved in the last 15 years. One appraisal has increased $50,000!.

  • See memorable finds appraised 17 years ago, including one item that adds $165,000 to its valuation.

  • Find out how appraisals from 15 years ago have evolved in the antiques market, including Andrew Clemens sand art, ca. 1880, a 1933 All-Star Game-signed baseball, and an 1886 Jasper Cropsey painting.

  • Revisit fan-favorite appraisals from 2002 that have been revised with today's market value, including a magnificent Tang dynasty marble lion that moves the expert to tears.

  • Conclusion. In Orlando, items include a 1946 Einstein-autographed photo and prints; Agassiz pendant watch, ca. 1905; and Chinese gold-splashed bronze vase, ca. 1850.

  • Joe Strummer's boots, a Ned Hanlon championship group, and Grant Wood lithograph. Which is $200,000?.

  • A 1554 Giorgio Ghisi engraving after Bronzino, a Louis Vuitton steamer trunk, ca. 1890, and a 1962 Mercury Space Capsule antenna

  • Part 2 of 3 in Virginia Beach spotlights a 1964 Cassius Clay twice-signed promotional print; modern Abdullah Qandeel "Red" and "Love" oils; and an early 18th-century Chinese celadon vase.

  • Part 1 of 3. In Virginia Beach, highlights include a John Wayne mug collection, ca. 1960; 1977 Frank McCarthy "On the Owl Hoot Trail" oil; and 1943-1944 Albert Einstein letters.

  • Conclusion. In Salt Lake City, items featured are Watson and Crick-signed "Double Helix" books; an Art Deco jewelry suite, ca. 1930; and a Japanese Arita porcelain vase, ca. 1910.

  • Part 2 of 3. In Salt Lake City, items spotlighted are a Cartier Art Deco diamond bracelet; Zee Wo silver and cinnabar cutlery set, ca. 1920; and 1959 Number 1 Barbie doll with accessories.

  • Part 1 of 3. In Salt Lake City, items include an 1844 "Bellows Falls" LDS church hymnal; 1914 Olaf Carl Seltzer oil painting; and a 1969 prototype Hot Wheels "Beach Bomb."

  • 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.

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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.

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