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Monday, January 2 at 8 p.m. Antiques Roadshow

(Rochester, NY)Antiques Roadshow kicks off its 16th season with a special broadcast from Tulsa, where it recorded the highest-value appraisal in the history of the show. Veteran RoadshowAsian arts expert Lark Mason identified a collection of five late 17th/early 18th-century Chinese carved rhinoceros horn cups and valued the set at $1 million to $1.5 million. Antique Roadshow "Tulsa, OK" premieres Monday, January 2 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT2.1/cable 1011 and 11).

The second highest-value appraisal recorded by Antiques Roadshow was of a collection of Chinese carved jade bowls, estimated to be worth as much as $1.07 million, discovered at the event in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2009.

The rhino horn cups were brought to the Tulsa Convention Center by one of
approximately six thousand ticket holders. The owner, who prefers to remain
unidentified, told Mason he started collecting cups inexpensively in the 1970s and had no idea of the collection’s current value. Because of today’s strong market for Chinese antiques and antiquities, the collection’s value has increased dramatically since its original purchase.

More information about Antiques Roadshow's summer 2011 production tour is available online at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/faq_02.html

Photo caption: Veteran Roadshow Asian arts expert Lark Mason identified thjis collection of five late 17th/early 18th-century Chinese carved rhinoceros horn cups and valued the set at $1 million to $1.5 million

Credit: Antiques Roadshow



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