People don’t always find riches on the Antiques Road show on PBS, but that has not dissuaded many from scouring their great-grandmother’s attic to find true riches. The highly popular show has often had some fantastic finds and here are some of the most expensive finds recorded on this show. Most common items such as an old family bible, old china or old paintings lying forgotten in their home were not seen to hold much value when shown to antique appraisers on the show. In fact, a senior publicist on the show said these items could fetch at the most about $100.
Since its debut in the US 14 years ago, the show has been widely watched by many people across the US. Most of the time, the antique appraisers take the owners through the historical significance of the items. Eventually, the build-up on the show is quite huge where the participants and viewers wait with bated breath for the final pay-off. Here are some of the most valuable items on the show:
- One memorable incident occurred when a woman brought to the show some jade collections her father had purchased from China. The Raleigh episode, taped in 2009, was appraised at a whopping $1.07 million. Antique appraisers say the superior quality of the highly valuable piece along with its origins, dating back to 1735, led to such a great value for the piece.
- A Clifford Still oil painting depicting the Grand Coulee Dam was received by a couple as a housewarming present. It was another whopper that got antique appraisers excited. The artist was also a professor of the husband and it was valued at $500,000.
- Another seemingly innocuous item that was valued at $350,000-$500,000 was a silk blanket that had been in the family of one of the guests on the show. It was a piece that came from Kit Carson, a frontiersman. However, antique appraisers found it was a Navajo Chief’s blanket dating back to the 19th century. The fact that less than 50 such pieces are still intact and available according to records of antique appraisers makes it all the more valuable.
- Another item on the show that got antique appraisers excited was an oil painting of Senator Henry Clay done by James Henry Beard. It was valued at $300,000 to 500,000. Dating back to 1847, the show’s antique appraisers say the painting of the second most renowned politician after Abraham Lincoln was acquired by the guest’s great grandfather at an auction.