Antiques Roadshow (U.S.)
Antiques Roadshow is an American television program broadcast on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Public television stations. The series features local antiques owners who bring in items to be appraised by experts. Provenance, history, and value of the items are discussed. Based on the original British Antiques Roadshow – which premiered in 1979 – the American version launched in 1997. In 2005, the American version produced its own spinoff called Antiques Roadshow FYI, which follows the fate of items appraised in the main series. When PBS decides on the taping locations for each year, it publicizes the chosen cities and airs the city and items to be appraised nationwide on PBS stations the next year, therefore raising the profile of various small to mid-size cities, such as Billings, Montana; Biloxi, Mississippi; Bismarck, North Dakota; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Hot Springs, Arkansas; and Rapid City, South Dakota. Antiques Roadshow has been nominated 11 times for a Primetime Emmy.
Each episode begins with a self-introduction by the host (currently Mark L. Walberg) followed by an announcement of the taping location. Each city taping is split into three hours, i.e. Boise Hour 1, Chattanooga Hour 2, or Raleigh Hour 3. Various three to four minute long segments of selected people talking about their item(s) and their appraisers talking about the provenance, history, and value of the item(s) follow, interspersed with several brief informal appraisals, lasting about a minute or so and called single-camera appraisals. Another segment, lasting about three minutes long and called a field segment, shows a selected site in the event city and the host talking with an appraiser about selected items. The segment concludes with the host wrapping things up; in more recent seasons, the Feedback Booth, a series of clips of people talking about their experience at Antiques Roadshow rolls with the credits.
The series was created in 1996 by WGBH-TV, based on the BBC's series of the same name that had been airing in the United Kingdom since 1979. The first US episodes were broadcast on PBS in 1997. (PBS also airs the original BBC series, though it is called Antiques Roadshow UK to differentiate it from its own version.) The American version of Antiques Roadshow is produced by WGBH-TV, the public television station in Boston, Massachusetts. The American version has been hosted by Chris Jussel (1997–2000), Dan Elias (2001–03), Lara Spencer (2004–5), and Mark L. Walberg (2005–Present). Marsha Bemko is executive producer. Notable appraisers include Leigh and Leslie Keno, Nicholas Lowry, Noel Barrett, David Rago, Arlie Sulka, J. Christopher Mitchell, Ken Farmer, Wes Cowan, Timothy Gordon and Kathy Bailey who appraise furniture, posters, toys, pottery, glass, arms and militaria, and folk art. Auction houses Christie's, Sotheby's, Heritage Auctions, Skinner, Inc., Doyle New York, Freeman's Auctioneers & Appraisers, and Swann Galleries provide expert appraisers for venues across America.
In 2005, PBS introduced Antiques Roadshow FYI, a sister series to Antiques Roadshow. The weekly half-hour show, hosted by Lara Spencer with correspondent Clay Reynolds, provides information on items shown on previous episodes of Antiques Roadshow, as well as additional information on antiques and collecting.
Appraisers in memoriam
- Bill Bertoia — Toys
- Frank Boos — Silver
- Barbara Franchi — Front Desk
- Wendell Garrett — Appeared on every season from its debut in 1997 until the season premiering on January 7, 2013, due to his death at the age of 83.
- William Guthman — Arms & Militaria
- Richard Kennedy — Arms & Militaria
- Jerry E. Patterson — Books
- Christie Romero — Jewelry
- Albert M. Sack — Furniture, Folk Art
- Malcolm Stearns Jr. — Decorative Arts
- Erica Voogd-Phillips — Asian Arts
- Barry Weber — Jewelry
- John S. Weschler — Jewelry
- Richard Wright — Dolls, Toys & Games
Eleven items are recognized as the most valuable items featured on the American Antiques Roadshow:
- On July 23, 2011, a collection of Chinese cups carved from rhinoceros horns, believed to date from the late 17th or early 18th century, was valued at $1–1.5 million at a show location in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- Four pieces of Chinese carved jade and celadon ceramics dating to the reign of the Qianlong emperor (1736–1795), including a large bowl crafted for the Emperor, were given a conservative auction estimate of up to $1.07 million. However the items sold at auction for only $494,615.
- A trove of 1870's Boston Red Stockings (now the Atlanta Braves) memorabilia including players' signatures and rare baseball cards was appraised at $1,000,000 for insurance purposes in New York City.
- An Alexander Calder mobile, c. 1950, was appraised in Miami, Florida, for anywhere from $400,000 to $1,000,000.
- A 1937 Clyfford Still oil painting, valued conservatively at $500,000, was appraised on the first episode of its 13th season on January 5, 2009.
- A Norman Rockwell oil painting was appraised at $500,000 in 2010 in Eugene, Oregon.
- An Andrew Wyeth watercolor painting was appraised at $450,000 in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 2010.
- A collection of Charles Schulz Peanuts comic art was appraised at $450,000 in Phoenix, Arizona.
- A mid-19th Century Navajo Ute First Phase blanket, believed once to have been owned by Kit Carson, was valued in Tucson, Arizona, from $350,000 to $500,000.
- An 1847 James Henry Beard oil painting, "The Illustrious Guest", was valued between $300,000 and $500,000 in Dallas, Texas.
- An 1881 Jasper F. Cropsey landscape painting was appraised at $300,000 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Antiques Roadshow taping locations
|Season||Host||Broadcast Year||Taped Year||Location (City and State/Province)||Miscellaneous|
|1||Chris Jussel||1997||1996||Albuquerque, New Mexico
College Park, Maryland
Durham, North Carolina
Kansas City, Missouri
San Antonio, Texas
|The first season and Jussel's first year as host; the only one to tape in more than eight cities, excluding specials.|
|2||Chris Jussel||1998||1997||Atlanta, Georgia
San Francisco, California
Secaucus, New Jersey
|The second season; the first one to tape in eight cities.|
|3||Chris Jussel||1999||1998||Hartford, Connecticut
Los Angeles, California
Rochester, New York
|4||Chris Jussel||2000||1999||Baltimore, Maryland
Des Moines, Iowa
Providence, Rhode Island
Salt Lake City, Utah
|Jussel's last year as host; the first and, so far, only season taped outside of the United States (Canada).|
|5||Dan Elias||2001||2000||Austin, Texas
Charleston, South Carolina
Las Vegas, Nevada
St. Louis, Missouri
|Elias' first year as host.|
|6||Dan Elias||2002||2001||Boston, Massachusetts
New Orleans, Louisiana
New York City, New York
San Diego, California
|The Boston segment was taped in the summer of 2000.|
Charlotte, North Carolina
Hot Springs, Arkansas
|Elias' last year as host.|
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
|Spencer's first year as hostess; the least cities taped in the show's history; the first season to have specials. This season's specials include Roadshow Favorites and Greatest Finds.|
|9||Lara Spencer||2005||2004||Memphis, Tennessee
St. Paul, Minnesota
|Spencer's last year as hostess. This season's specials include Tomorrow's Antiques and Wild Things!|
|10||Mark Walberg||2006||2005||Bismarck, North Dakota
|Walberg's first year as host. This season's specials include Fame and Fortune and Roadshow Remembers.|
|11||Mark Walberg||2007||2006||Honolulu, Hawaii
Salt Lake City
|First season to tape out of the continental United States while still remaining in the United States (Hawaii). This season's specials include Jackpot! and Unique Antiques.|
|This season's specials include Politically Collect and Trash to Treasure.|
|13||Mark Walberg||2009||2008||Chattanooga, Tennessee
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Palm Springs, California
|This season's specials include Big and Little and Relative Riches.|
|14||Mark Walberg||2010||2009||Atlantic City, New Jersey
Raleigh, North Carolina
San Jose, California
|This season's specials include Naughty or Nice and Simply the Best.|
|15||Mark Walberg||2011||2010||Billings, Montana
Miami Beach, Florida
San Diego, California
|First season to tape in the nation's capital (Washington, DC). This season is the first to have more than two specials. This season's specials include Forever Young, Junk in the Trunk, and Tasty Treasures.|
El Paso, Texas
|First season to have Vintage specials, specials that cover a previously taped location and its appraisals. This season's specials include Cats & Dogs, Greatest Gifts, Junk in the Trunk 2, Vintage Atlanta, Vintage Houston, Vintage Phoenix, Vintage Pittsburgh, Vintage San Francisco, and Vintage Secaucus.|
Corpus Christi, Texas
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Rapid City, South Dakota
|This season's specials include Vintage Hartford, Vintage Los Angeles, Vintage Louisville, Vintage Milwaukee, Vintage Richmond, and Vintage Rochester.|
|18||Mark Walberg||2014||2013||Anaheim, California
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
|First season since 2001 to tape in eight cities. This season's specials include Vintage Providence.|
States or province (Ontario) where tapings have taken place are listed below:
|State/Province||Broadcast Season (Tapings are one year prior to given year)|
|Alabama||2 (2000 and 2007)|
|Arizona||4 (1998, 2002, 2007, 2010)|
|California||9 (1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)|
|Colorado||3 (1997, 2001, 2010)|
|Connecticut||3 (1997, 1999, 2009)|
|District of Columbia||1 (2011)|
|Florida||6 (2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2014)|
|Georgia||3 (1998, 2004, 2012)|
|Illinois||2 (1997, 2004)|
|Iowa||2 (2000, 2011)|
|Kentucky||2 (1999, 2008)|
|Louisiana||2 (2002, 2014)|
|Massachusetts||3 (1997, 2002, 2013)|
|Maryland||3 (1997, 2000, 2008)|
|Michigan||3 (1997, 2009, 2014)|
|Minnesota||3 (1997, 2005, 2012)|
|Missouri||4 (1997, 2001, 2003, 2014)|
|Nevada||3 (2001, 2005, 2008)|
|New Jersey||3 (1997, 2010, 2012)|
|New Mexico||2 (1997, 2003)|
|New York||3 (1999, 2002, 2013)|
|North Carolina||3 (1997, 2003, 2010)|
|North Dakota||1 (2006)|
|Ohio||4 (1998, 2000, 2003, 2013)|
|Oklahoma||3 (2001, 2004, 2012)|
|Oregon||3 (1999, 2005, 2012)|
|Pennsylvania||4 (1997, 1998, 2007, 2012)|
|Rhode Island||2 (2000, 2006)|
|South Carolina||2 (2001, 2013)|
|South Dakota||1 (2013)|
|Tennessee||4 (1998, 2005, 2009, 2014)|
|Texas||9 (1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013)|
|Utah||2 (2000, 2007)|
|Virginia||2 (1999, 2014)|
|Washington||4 (1997, 2003, 2008, 2013)|
|West Virginia||1 (2015)|
|Wisconsin||4 (1999, 2001, 2007, 2010)|
|Ontario (Canada)||1 (2000)|
Tickets are free, but are only provided to preselected people on a random basis. To request tickets, prospective appraisees must fill out a form on the official website.
Pop culture references
Former Appraisers Fraud Convictions
In 2001, two dealers who had appeared on the show were indicted on mail and wired fraud charges. Russ Pritchard III and George Juno were accused of defrauding Civil War descendants out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The pair also had faced accusations of phony appraisals on the show. In 2002 they were sentenced after being convicted.
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- "Civil War expert sentenced to halfway house Russ Pritchard Jr., who helped cheat a relative out of a Confederate uniform, will pay $39,000.". The Inquirer. May 25, 2002. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
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