News | May 28, 2014

Antiques Roadshow Kicks Off a Summer of Vintage

BOSTON, MA—May 27, 2014—In all new "Vintage" episodes, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW looks back at some of its most memorable objects, what they are worth today and how the market has changed. Some treasures have increased in value, while others haven't fared so well. Part history lesson and part study of the antiques market, the 11-time Emmy® nominated production of WGBH Boston, will be premiering seven new "Vintage" episodes this summer as part of its 18th season.

"With our new 'Vintage' episodes, we wanted to revisit appraisals from our archive take a look at how the objects have stood up in value over the years," said ANTIQUES ROADSHOW executive producer Marsha Bemko. "Collecting categories that were desirable 15 years ago, like 'brown furniture' have gone down in value while others, such as 'fine jewelry' have gone up. Viewers can make their guesses on which items' values have soared and which have fallen."

Beginning with "Vintage Providence" on June 16 at 8/7c PM on PBS, season 18's "Vintage" episodes also visit Tampa, Florida; Columbus, Ohio; Toronto, Canada; Baltimore, Maryland; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Des Moines, Iowa.

Highlights from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW "Vintage" Season 18 include:

  • In Providence, an Edward Farmer jade and gold box that first appraised at $80,000-$125,000 is now valued at a whopping $250,000-$350,000.
  • During the 15 years since ROADSHOW fist visited Tampa, a fork from the Hindenburg, ca. 1937, dropped in value, while a Louis Comfort Tiffany lamp's value more than doubled from $80,000-$125,000 to $250,000-$300,000
  • In Columbus, a Marx "Roy Rogers" playset's appraisal sinks from $800-$1,200 to $200-$300, and an historical collection, including a Thomas Jefferson letter, that was previously valued at $100,000 soars to $300,000-$350,000.
  • Toronto stands out as a Demetre Chiparus "Starfish" bronze, first appraised for $100,000-$150,000, now comes in at $150,000-$250,000.
  • Back in 1999, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW dropped in on Baltimore and found treasures such as a Frederick De Wit atlas, ca. 1680, that jumped in value from $30,000-$50,000 to $50,000-$70,000.
  • During ROADSHOW's 1999 visit to Salt Lake City, a Marcus & Co. tiara ring, ca. 1890, doubled in value, and a Carleton Watkins photograph that previously came in at $4,000-$6,000 is now appraised at $15,000-$25,000.
  • In Des Moines, a Rambling Mickey Mouse toy with its original box, ca. 1934, drops in value from $6,000-$8,000 to $3,000-$5,000, and a Samuel McIntire medallion carving of George Washington rockets in value from $70,000-$90,000 to $200,000-$300,000.