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Monday, January 4 at 8 p.m. – Antiques Roadshow Season Premiere

(Rochester, NY) Since Antiques Roadshow’s Palm Springs event in 2008, a painting by noted American Expressionist artist Clyfford Still — estimated to be worth $500,000 — held the title of most valuable object ever appraised in the series’ 13-year history.
All that changed on June 27, 2009.
At the Antiques Roadshow event in Raleigh, North Carolina, Asian arts expert James Callahan could barely believe his eyes when a guest produced four pieces of exquisitely carved Chinese jade. The objects, inherited from the guest’s father, had been purchased inexpensively in China during the 1940s. Callahan revealed that the objects, including a bowl crafted for the emperor himself, have an estimated value of as much as $1, 070,000.
This show-stopping moment, featured in Antiques Roadshow’s season premiere, airing Monday, January 4 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable1011/cable11), sets the pace for one of the series’ most unpredictable lineups ever. Host Mark L. Walberg returns to lead this wild ride through America’s attics and basements. Roadshow presents 20 new episodes in 2010, including two Antiques Roadshow special editions.
“Wherever we go, whatever we see, folks always ask ‘What’s it worth?’” said Walberg. “As values for antiques rise and fall like other markets, the question has become, ‘What’s it worth NOW?’ Antiques Roadshow answers the ‘What’s it worth now’ question, one treasure at a time.”
From Raleigh, Roadshow heads to Atlantic City, New Jersey; Madison, Wisconsin; Denver, Colorado; Phoenix, Arizona; and San Jose, California.
Here’s a small sample of discoveries from Roadshow’s 2010 season:
· Raleigh, North Carolina: A 1985 painting by Andrew Wyeth that could bring the owner six times his original investment with its current value of $450,000.
· Atlantic City, New Jersey: An oil painting by 19th-century Canadian artist Cornelius Krieghoff, known for his depictions of outdoor Canadian life, valued at $200,000 to $300,000.
· Madison, Wisconsin: A sterling silver and enamel Tiffany vessel, made for the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, valued at $50,000 to $100,000.
· Denver, Colorado: An heirloom diamond ring, appraised at $35,700 in 1976, and now worth an estimated $200,000 to $250,000.
· Phoenix, Arizona: Original artwork by Charles Schulz from his comic strip “Peanuts,” valued at $350,000.
· San Jose, California: A late18th/early 19th-century Alaskan Indian bowl and spoon with a combined value of $250,000 to $275,000.

Pictured: Roadshow’s history making guest with jade Chinese carvings worth $1.07 Million.

Credit: Jeff Dunn for WGBH


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