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December 9, 2013 - Filed under: Antiques on TV — David

Antiques Roadshow, which airs on PBS, will be returning for the 18th season on 6th January 2014.

The series will feature cities across the US and has also added even more episodes. The first episode will feature some of the hidden treasures of America, including an oil painting valued at $300,000 (£184,000).

Mark L. Walberg travelled to Idaho along with the team for the first time of filming there. While in Boise, the team discovered the oil painting, which had been kept in a basement. The art was the work of Hudson River artist Sanford Robinson Gifford and depicts a landscape in Italy. The painting had been inherited by the owner.

Other valuable items were unearthed in the first episode, uncovering the history of America. One guest had brought along a first edition copy of the Book of Mormon, which the owner could trace back to 1833 in the family. Experts on the Antiques Roadshow valued it between $75,000 and $100,000 (£46,000 – £61,000). An end table made and signed by George Nakashima in 1974 had been purchased by a guest for $200, but was told that its value was now $20,000 to $25,000 (£12,000 – £15,000).

Antique furniture does sometimes reveal the history of a person or a family, especially if the piece has been kept in a family for generations. Anyone looking for that special item in the UK will find a diverse collection of furniture, including antique chests in Blackburn.

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