Elyse Luray

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Elyse Luray
Alma materNewcomb College (B.A., Art History, 1989)
Occupationart historian, antiques appraiser, TV personality
Known forHistory Detectives

Elyse Luray is an American art historian and appraiser of historical objects who has become a television personality as a result of her appearances on a number of shows, most particularly as a member, since its premiere in 2003, of PBS's investigation-of-the-past series History Detectives.[1][2]

Early life and career[edit]

A native of Baltimore,[3] Elyse Luray attended Newcomb College, the women's college of New Orleans' Tulane University, graduating in 1989 with a degree in art history.[4] During a career of more than a decade as an expert appraiser and auctioneer for Christie's Auction House, she was also displaying her expertise on select episodes of PBS's popular object-appraisal show Antiques Roadshow and subsequently became one of PBS' History Detectives.[5][6][7]

In addition to the PBS shows, she has also participated in HGTV/TLC's historical-home program If Walls Could Talk as well as co-hosting 2009 Endless Yard Sale. She also hosted Treasure Seekers, a cable/satellite program which follows her travels to antiques shows around the country in order to display and evaluate objects of historical significance and/or interest. She was also a regular contributor to the magazine Antique Trader and website Huffington Post. Luray appeared regularly on The Nate Berkus Show as his appraiser. She is also an appraiser on the Style Network's Clean House New York. In 2012, she began hosting Syfy's Collection Intervention, which premiered August 14, 2012.

Luray is the author of the book Great Wines Under $20.

She is an appraiser and member of the Appraisers Association of America and is a New York State licensed auctioneer.

Luray is a member of Tulane University's Deans Council.[citation needed] and Nassau County Museum of Arts Women's Council.

She is part of the team of Trust and Estates at Heritage Auctions the New York City.


  1. ^ Weintraub, Joanne. "History Channel examines fact, fiction behind King Arthur" (The Hour, June 18, 2004)
  2. ^ Leimbach, Dulcie. "FOR YOUNG VIEWERS; Traveling Back in Time, at a Pedestrian Pace" (The New York Times, June 27, 2004)
  3. ^ Simon, Fran (June 25, 2007). "Alumna Has Her Eye on History". Tulane University. Archived from the original on June 13, 2010. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  4. ^ "John J. Witmeyer III Dean’s Colloquium: Elyse Luray" (Tulane University Student Activities and Programs, November 1, 2007)
  5. ^ Simon, Fran. "History Detectives on the Case in New Orleans" (Tulane University New Wave, April 21, 2010) Archived September 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "‘History Detectives’ Airs Louisiana Story" (Tulane University New Wave, August 27, 2010 Archived October 9, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "History Detectives: Chicago Clock, Universal Friends, War Dog Letter" (KPBS, September 3, 2010)

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