Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Pittsburgh Antiques Roadshow Visit Recaps In Post Gazette

I remember a few years back when an early American cabinet shocked viewers when it was valued at $250,000. Since then the Roadshow pretty commonly uncovers some really important stuff--with Pittsburgh being no exception.

According to The Post Gazette, finds included

A painting by Rockwell Kent valued at $250,000

A first edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit," worth between $80,000 and $100,000.

"The Voyage of the Beagle," a first-edition "On the Origin of the Species" and an 1871 copy of "The Descent of Man", all by Charles Darwin given a combined value of$284,000.

"A 17th Century Chinese carved rhinoceros horn cup, whose owner originally bought it for $1. It's now appraised significantly higher: between $350,000-$450,000."

Antiques Roadshow recap

Story about the Rockwell Kent discovery.

It's fun to stay tuned to these pieces many of them actually go to auction to find out what they finally sell for. Usually, these appraisals are conservative and on any given Sunday, anything can happen.

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