Based on the popular BBC series running since 1979, the PBS Antiques Roadshow combines history with discovery. Each year, the show visits a handful of cities to appraise items brought in by viewers. Are these items worth a lot of money, more than the visitors expect? To be fair, this concept has been copied again since, with East Tennessee Public Television's Treasures In Your Attic, but WGBH/Boston, always the pioneer PBS station, will say their derivative came first.
Highlights from past episodes include a latex figure of "Speedy" Alka-Seltzer, a menu from the Titanic, a painting by the late rocker Frank Zappa, an art-deco Bakelite bracelet and a native helmet from Alaska.
More highlights from past shows. Items appraised include a gold sword from the Mexican War, a painting by Hudson River School artist Jasper Cropsey, a Chinese marble lion dating from the Tang Dynasty (618-907), an 18th-century card table and a Navajo blanket dating from 1840 to '60.
A compilation program featuring items from the 1950s, '60s and '70s. Among them: Mad magazine art; an Elvis Presley suit; Beatles memorabilia; a Charles Eames chair; a baseball signed by the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers; an Ansel Adams Yosemite portfolio; photos signed by Marilyn Monroe, Cassius Clay (a year before he changed his name to Muhammad Ali) and JFK; and a letter on civil rights written by RFK shortly after the Martin Luther King assassination---and shortly before his own.
A show of clips devoted to animal-themed antiques and collectibles. Items appraised include a "kangaroo bird," sculpted by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) in the 1930s and a painting of cavorting kittens by Charles van den Eycken (1859-1923).
Naughty or Nice features appraisals that will satisfy everyone's wish list! Highlights from past seasons include an 1863 Temperance lithograph, a letter from Gerald Ford to his kindergarten teacher, and a dress worn by Marilyn Monroe.
This special edition, "Simply the Best," showcases objects deemed the finest examples of their kind ever seen on "Roadshow." Massachusetts-made Federal side chairs; 19th-century Rhode Island rifle and powderhorn; women's suffrage movement poster.
Campaign buttons; court affidavit submitted by Jimmy Carter to the state of Maine; desk and chair used at the U.S. House of Representatives from 1857-1873.
A decade of treasures is recalled in this charming retrospective on the numerous collectibles that have been appraised in the long-running series. Among the pieces: a jade pendant from a 2005 Los Angeles show; an 18th-century Chippendale chair from a 1997 San Francisco show; and a shoe signed by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, from a 2004 Portland, Ore., show. Also: a "Gone With the Wind" script, a Simon Willard clock, and drawings from Frank Lloyd Wright.
Valuable items recovered from the trash are featured. Included: an autographed script of "The Informer," an Oscar-winning 1935 John Ford film; a rare 1885 Zuni Indian pot; items from Louis Comfort Tiffany's Laurelton Hall mansion.
This special edition highlights never-before-seen appraisals from ROADSHOW's 2011 season.
The 10th season concludes with celebrity items, including the first mask worn by Clayton Moore ("The Lone Ranger"); photos of Marilyn Monroe; Ramones memorabilia; James Dean's high-school yearbook; signed photos of Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill; and vintage Beatles dolls.
In Vintage Los Angeles, ROADSHOW takes a look at how memorable appraisals of Disney animation art, a Tiffany lamp, and a Van Briggle vase have changed over fifteen years.
Watch Vintage Milwaukee to see some memorable and gorgeous pieces, some with prices that have soared, like a Tiffany Lamp whose value rose over $10,000!
An 1821 U.S. citizenship certificate for a free man of color; beauty book by Madam C.J. Walker, the first American female millionaire; a trip to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
A look at items with Asian and Pacific Islands origins. Included: a Hawaiian kou bowl; Ghandi presentation spinning wheel; and 1888 Joesph Nawahi painting.
Travel to all six season 20 tour cities for never-before-aired appraisals. Highlights include a Ty Cobb game-used baseball bat, 18th & 19th century Nephrite belt buckles & Zodiac figure, and a 1942 Lynn Bogue Hunt painting. What’s the top find?
Favorite appraisals from the show's first 20 seasons are featured. Included: a Navajo Ute First Phase Blanket; a signed Warhol collection; and a Tang Dynasty marble lion.
Civil War items are featured, including a Lincoln Cabinet- and Senate-signed album; a Walt Whitman war letter; and a hospital steward's uniform.
Celebrate America’s hidden treasures from all 50 states in part 1 of this two-hour special, with finds such as a Thomas Hart Benton oil on tin, a Kentucky sugar chest, and a 1960 inscribed "To Kill A Mockingbird.” Which is valued at $125,000?
Travel across America—and back in time—with appraisals of items from all 50 states in part 2 of this special. Finds include a Green Bay Packers championship group, a Joseph Henry Sharp oil, and a Molesworth lamp & furniture. Which is $130,000-$180,000?
Discover never-before-aired appraisals from all six of our Season 21 cities, including an American Folk Art cane, a 1927 Yankees team-signed baseball, and a Vairocana Buddha, ca. 1410. Which is appraised for $150,000-$200,000?
Unique Antiques showcases some of the most outlandish, kitschy, and downright morbidly fascinating antiques and collectibles of ROADSHOW's last decade. Warning: These objects have been appraised by trained professionals -- don't try this at home!
A look at how the show is put together and how objects are selected to be on camera. Also: appraisers share some of their favorite moments from the show. Included: an unusual Seymour card table; a diamond-and-ruby jewelry collection; an unusual 19th-century folk-art jug; and a rare Eskimo helmet.
Items bought for a small price that turned out to be worth a lot of money are examined, including a painting purchased for $1.50 that's valued at more than $10,000, and a $5 vase that's worth more than $13,000. Also: an album of watercolor paintings purchased for 25 cents that is worth more than $20,000; a 1951 Minneapolis Millers baseball uniform worn by Willie Mays that was purchased for $50 and is valued at $60,000.
A stainless steel 1930s meat service made of 18th-century British porcelain; heirloom Tlingit Indian oil bowl and ladle.
Items for the young and the young at heart are appraised, including original art for a Dr. Seuss lunchbox; a child's shoe autographed by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig; and an embroidered silk picture that dates to 1819.