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|KQED Welcomes ANTIQUES ROADSHOW to the Bay Area|
Popular PBS Show to Appraise Thousands of Local Treasures
Bay Area Episodes To Air in 2004 on KQED Public Broadcasting
San Francisco, July 21, 2003 -- Are there priceless hidden treasures inside the attics of Haight-Ashbury's Victorians or in Berkeley's Bungalows? PBS's popular appraisals program, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, will uncover pieces of Bay Area history and mystery when it comes to Moscone Center on Saturday, August 16. KQED Public Broadcasting is the host station for the day-long event, which will bring 6,000 Roadshow enthusiasts and yield three hour-long episodes airing nationally on PBS and locally on KQED in 2004.
Produced by WGBH Boston, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is a Emmy-nominated weekly primetime PBS series that is part adventure, part history lesson and part treasure hunt. The program has just completed its seventh successful season on PBS, and their summer production tour, which includes the San Francisco visit, will turn out the eighth season episodes.
"ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is consistently one of KQED's highest rated programs," said Scott Dwyer, director of programming for KQED. "The day is sure to be a tremendous community event. It's value? Immeasurable!"
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW became a national bonanza after it visited San Francisco in 1997 as part of its first season. The show provides free appraisals by specialists from all of the major auction houses, including the San Francisco based Bonhams & Butterfields, Christie's, Skinner, and Sotheby's. In San Francisco there will be 70-80 appraisers covering over 20 specialties, including three local appraisers from Bonhams and Butterfields. Appraisers will meet with approximately 700 people and appraise 1,400 objects per hour at the Moscone Center. Each of the approximately 6,000 ticket holders -- tickets are distributed via postcard lottery -- will have at least one item verbally appraised. Last summer appraisers uncovered a rare Tang Dynasty statue valued at $250,000 and when ANTIQUES ROADSHOW first visted San Francisco an odd shaped hat purchased at a garage sale was identified as a rare Alaskan hunting helmet and appraised at $60,000-$70,000.
Funding for ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is provided by the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. Local funding is generously provided by McRosky Airflex Mattress Company. Additional funding is provided by public television viewers.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston. Executive Producer is Peter B. Cook. Further information on the Summer 2003 Tour is available at ANTIQUES ROADSHOW online pbs.org/antiques.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW press materials, including downloadable photos are available at pbs.org/pressroom and pressroom.wgbh.org.
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