As the popular PBS TV show films its 18th season, the team behind Antiques Roadshow arrives at Anaheim, the home of Disneyland. Thousands of people turn up with items they believe may be valuable, hoping to receive a free appraisal. The interest in antiques and collectibles from the public has placed the PBS show at the number one spot in the ratings.
According to the executive producer of Antiques Roadshow, Marsha Bemko, although people want to know if their possessions are valuable, most want to know some of the history behind the treasures and rarely sell them.
Bemko added that people often leave the show knowing more about their items. Among the crowds are people looking for autographs from the host of the show, Mark L. Walberg, and well-known appraisers like the Keno twins. In Anaheim, one person brought along an old drawing done in black and white, discovered behind a painting. It turned out to be a print of the Crucifixion dating back to the 16th Century, painted by Tintoretto and worth around $15,000.
The most spectacular find of the day was an item dug out of the rubbish during the seventies. It was examined by an appraiser as a Joseph Cornell shadow-box display. If auctioned and authenticated, it would have been worth up to $150,000.
Families often have valuable antiques in their possession without even realising, like antique dining chairs passed down through generations. In the UK, there are reputable antiques dealers with a number of items that may be of interest, like antique bookcases. Preston is a well-known area for established antiques stores.
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