Treasure Detectives

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Treasure Detectives is a television series on CNBC. The reality show covers the search for expensive paintings by a group of art collectors, led by Curtis Dowling (Born London June 11, 1967) who is a UK based fakes and forgeries expert. He has appeared on numerous BBC, ITV and Channel 4 shows.


Curtis Dowling - international fakes and forgeries expert Andy Smith - investigator Matthew Brandon Hutchens aka Hutch- collector, investigator Grant Sanders - investigator, sports collector, skip tracer

Catherine Kneibel - Trainee

Curtis Dowling

Curtis Dowling has been authenticating art for over 20 years and lives in the US. He has not only presented programmes like Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is but also Hidden Paintings, Inside Out London and Inside Out Anglia. He has appeared on Rogue Traders, Cash in the Attic, Cash in the Celebrity Attic, Live from Studio 5, X-Ray and was the Consultant on the hit Channel 4 documentary 'Elizabeth Taylor - Auction of a lifetime' having thought the idea up in the first place.


The show was an 8 part series. Each episode was one hour long covering the authentication of two items per show. According to Neilsens, it rated better than any other CNBC PRIME show.

The show was premiered on 5 March 2013 at 9pm with an initial viewing success for the time slot of 279,000 rising to a peak of 322,000 far exceeding nearly all other shows on CNBC PRIME.

It was filmed mostly in Los Angeles but many episodes travelled further afield to North Carolina, Salt Lake City, Kentucky, New York & Connecticut

UK success

The series was sold to UKTV and started its UK run in September 2013 once again beating records in the 9pm slot for the channel

Treasure Detectives was made by Endemol USA for CNBC PRIME [1]


  1. ^ "Art Reality TV: CNBC's Treasure Detectives". Forbes Magazine. April 24, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 

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