Although it hasn’t aired for over 40 years like its UK counterpart, PBS ‘ Antiques roadshow reached the quarter-century mark in 2022. Since the series premiered on January 9, 1997, countless Antiques roadshow the guests realized that their treasures are worth more than they thought – sometimes hundreds of thousands Following.
To celebrate the first 25 years of Antiques roadshow, we take a look back at 10 memorable valuations, from a Picasso plate hidden in plain sight to a million dollar treasure trove of baseball cards.
Oval Madoura Plate 1955 by Pablo Picasso
A guest on Antiques roadshowThe Season 18 premiere, recorded in Boise, Idaho, said her family had owned this plate for decades – and kept it hanging on a wall above the stove, no less – before realizing it was ‘it was a work of art. Fortunately, this woman had a clue as to the value of the plate (not to mention a tip to give it a new decor) when a gallery owner recognized her as a Picasso. And on the show, reviewer Stuart Slavid told the woman her item was worth $ 10,000 to $ 15,000, on the “conservative side”!
Diamond Bracelet and Van Cleef & Arpels Ring
A woman who attended a Antiques roadshow the recording in New Orleans explained that she and her husband had a monthly dinner with a friend, who then left her a diamond bracelet and pearl ring in her will, the same ring the friend wore at every dinner. Appraiser Kevin Zavian valued the platinum and diamond bracelet between $ 15,000 and $ 20,000, but it was the ring that was the real highlight. With a 14-millimeter pearl and six carats of diamonds, the Van Cleef & Arpels coin was worth $ 20,000 to $ 30,000.
1607 Letter from Galileo Galileo
A rare letter signed by famous astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei arrested the heart of evaluator Francis Wahlgren during an episode filmed in Austin. The content is “warm and friendly” as opposed to scientific, which would have been ideal, as Wahlgren told the owner of the letter. But because it bears Galileo’s signature and was still in such good condition, the letter had a value of $ 60,000 to $ 100,000. Not bad for a piece of paper!
1923 Frank Schoonover Oil Painting
One man to one Antiques roadshow recording in Winterthur, Delaware, was moved to tears when he learned how much his Frank Schoonover oil painting was worth. And the backstory is just as moving: The man’s mother saved $ 5 every week for two years to save enough for her father to choose a painting from the Schoonover studios. His father chose this piece, an illustration from Ralph D. Paine’s 1923 book The corsairs of ’76. Debra Force’s appreciation? $ 125,000. “My dad would be so happy to know that people were drawn to the illustrations,” the owner replied in tears. “And my mom would be really happy with what you just said.”
Tang Dynasty Marble Lion
A tan Antiques roadshow episode shot in Albuquerque in 2002, a woman brought a marble lion her grandparents picked up on a trip to China. Lark Mason, the admittedly “worked” appraiser, told the owner that the statue dates to the Tang Dynasty – the “golden period of Chinese art” – and not the Ming Dynasty, as previously estimated. Mason valued this lion between $ 120,000 and $ 180,000, although the owner was not yet ready to put up a “for sale” sign just yet.
1892 HF Farny Watercolor and Gouache Painting
A woman from Harrisburg, Pa., Inherited a framed work of art from her grandmother and assumed it was a print, but when she opened the frame to bring out a mosquito from behind the glass, she had the impression that the work of art was real. Previous appraisals had valued the artwork at $ 200 and $ 250, but the Antiques roadshow, appraiser Meredith Hilferty confirmed that it was an actual 1892 painting by HF Farny valued at $ 200,000 to $ 300,000.
Rolex Oyster Cosmograph watch and documentation
An Air Force veteran in West Fargo, North Dakota bought a Rolex Oyster Cosmograph watch for $ 346 in 1974 – after noticing airline pilots wearing similar watches – and then put it away with its documentation in a safe. When assessor Peter Planes told the vet that a watch Like his is now worth $ 400,000, the man collapsed to the ground. But due to the condition of this watch and its documentation, Planes said this specimen was actually worth even more: $ 500,000 to $ 700,000.
Navajo Ute cover first phase mid-19th century
A man from Tucson said American pioneer Kit Carson gave this blanket to his grandmother’s adoptive father. Rater Donald Ellis pointed out that this blanket dates from 1840 to 1860 and depicts Navajo weaving “in its purest form”, and praised its “incredible” condition. Ellis also told the man that the extremely rare blanket, a “national treasure,” was worth $ 500,000, if not more. But by 2016, the value had increased from $ 750,000 to $ 1,000,000, as Antiques roadshow revealed on YouTube.
Boston Red Stockings Archives
“Holy smokes” is right! A guest in New York City told assessor Leila Dunbar that her great-great-grandmother was once home to Boston Red Stockings athletes, some of the earliest professional baseball players. And so this woman became the owner of a collection of 1871 photographic baseball cards, which Dunbar considered to be the “greatest archive” she had ever seen in her. Roadshow days. Dunbar valued the archives at the grand slam prize of $ 1,000,000.