Cameras capture tales of family heirlooms, yard sale bargains and long-lost items salvaged from attics and basements, while experts reveal the fascinating truths about these finds.
Des Moines, Ia - Hour One (#1507H) Duration: 56:16 STEREO TVG
Host Mark L. Walberg is joined by appraiser Wes Cowan at the Iowa State Museum in Des Moines to look at its collection of highly prized sand bottles by 19th-century Iowa folk artist Andrew Clemens. Highlights include a late-Victorian 14-karat gold vest chain and fob; a pair of 1963 and 1966 Green Bay Packers signed footballs; and a rare collection of promotional movie memorabilia from Hollywood's Golden Age, valued at $25,000 to $28,000.
Des Moines, Ia - Hour Two (#1508H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
In Des Moines, Iowa, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Francis Wahlgren explore an impressive extra-illustrated book set based on a biography of Charles Dickens at Salisbury House and Gardens, the estate of 1920s cosmetics tycoon Carl Weeks. Highlights include a collection of late-1950s and 1960s Lucy M. Lewis Acoma Pueblo pottery; a 1820 Russian Loutkin snuff box inscribed with the imperial arms of the Romanov dynasty; and an extremely rare 1623 Shakespeare First Folio, valued at $40,000 to $50,000.
Junk in the Trunk (#1519#) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
This special edition is a new episode of never-before-seen appraisals from AR's 2011 season. Highlights include one of a set of six inherited chairs, made 50 years ago by a furniture designer who also did commissions for Aristotle Onassis; a rare and extensive collection of WWII prison camp materials that posthumously established a glider pilot's eligibility for a medal from the US Department of Defense; and a drawing and lithograph by iconic American artist Grant Wood, as well as a trunk containing some of his possessions, acquired by the owner from Wood's aunt and valued at $14, 000 to $22,000.
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Trash to Treasure (#1220) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
Sugar plum fairies aren't just in your dreams; they're also in your garbage. "Trash to Treasure" puts viewers in a festive mood with more than twenty incredible tales of valuable treasures rescued from rubbish heaps, roadsides, dumpsters, and demolition sites.
Finders Keepers (#1720H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
Tucked behind a fireplace, buried in a cotton field, mistaken for insulation in the ceiling of a basement ... some treasures show up where you least expect to find them. In this special, AR shines a spotlight on items whose discovery was a happy accident. Examples include a formerly buried Weller Coppertone vase that the guest almost tripped over, valued at $2500 to $3000, and a collection of Cole Porter and Monty Woolley letters, appraised for $ 50,000 to $70, 000, that were saved from the dumpster in true trash-to-treasure fashion.
Phoenix, AZ - Hour Two (#1414H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
Mark L. Walberg visits Phoenix' Desert Botanical Garden with appraiser Don Creswell for a discussion of antique botanical artwork. Program highlights include a 1982 bronze maquette by renowned sculptor Henry Moore; an heirloom amethyst jewelry collection; and an early abstract painting by noted modern artist Chuck Close, received by the guest's father as repayment of an $8 loan, valued at $100,000 to $150,000.
Boise, Hour One (#1801H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
In the Sooner State, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Nicholas Lowry head to the Pawnee Bill Ranch to look at some show-stopping Wild West posters. Highlights include a poignant signed note from Mother Teresa to a wood-carver who sent her a walking cane during her final years; a custom model 1894 Winchester rifle that may have been used in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show; and a collection of late 17th/early 18th-century Chinese rhinoceros horn carved libation cups - then the all-time highest value AR appraisal at $1 to $1.5 million!
Tulsa, OK - Hour One (#1601#) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR is turning Sweet 16 with a jaw-dropping season premiere from Tulsa, Oklahoma. In the Sooner State, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Nicholas Lowry head to the Pawnee Bill Ranch to look at some show-stopping Wild West posters. Highlights include a poignant signed note from Mother Teresa to a wood-carver who sent her a walking cane during her final years; a custom model 1894 Winchester rifle that may have been used in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show; and a collection of late 17th/early 18th-century Chinese rhinoceros horn carved libation cups - grabbing the number one spot in the list of all-time highest value AR appraisals at $1 to $1.5 million!
Boise, Hour Two (#1802H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR is in Idaho, mining the Gem State for hidden treasures! Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Gary Piattoni head to the Old Idaho State Penitentiary to discuss what type of law enforcement collectibles should be locked up in the vault. Highlights include a mid-century pinup painting by Earl Moran, whose work rises in value the more scantily clothed the model; a complete set of lobby cards from the 1951 film The Day the Earth Stood Still, a film the guest spent nine cents to see in theaters; and an inherited 1922 Edward Hopper etching titled The Cat Boat, appraised for $250,000.
Tulsa, OK - Hour Two (#1602#) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, once nicknamed the "Oil Capital of the World," host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Noel Barrett at the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve to check out some vintage petroliana collectibles. Highlights include a 1960 first-edition To Kill a Mockingbird with an inscription by Harper Lee; a collection of bronzes that may or may not be Remingtons and Russells; and an extremely rare 1924 Gibson F-5 "Lloyd Loar" mandolin, stored in a farmhouse closet since the Great Depression, and valued at $175,000.
Boise, Hour Three (#1803H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
In Boise, Idaho, host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Colleene Fesko at the Boise Art Museum to learn about the works of outsider artist James Castle. Highlights include an 1822 letter from Thomas Jefferson that documents his reading suggestions for furthering one's education; a rare Babe Ruth Candy Club membership card, ca. 1926, that details tips from the Babe himself; and a ruby and diamond necklace, ca. 1920, that was originally mailed to the guest's mother and sat on her front porch unnoticed for several days, valued $80,000 to $100,000.
Tulsa, OK - Hour Three (#1603#) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Eric Silver at the Philbrook Museum of Art to look at seemingly everyday housewares, appliances and electronics that were transformed into stunning functional art by 20th- century industrial designers. Highlights include an 1826 English gadget cane, equipped with both a pistol and a telescope; a vibrant 1931 Oscar Mayer in-store display; and a circa 1600 Ming Dynasty cast bronze guardian figure, valued at $70,000-$100,000.
Detroit, Hour One (#1804#) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR is in Detroit, Michigan, where host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Laura Woolley head to the Motown Museum to discuss memorabilia that hits a high note with collectors. Highlights include a 1970 Andy Warhol poster the guest bought at his campus bookstore for around 10 dollars and had signed by Warhol himself; an early 20th-century collection of locally crafted Pewabic pottery; and a working script of The Wizard of Oz, used on set by Bert Lahr, fondly known as the "Cowardly Lion," that is appraised for $150,000.
Eugene, OR - Hour One (#1604#) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
In Eugene, Oregon, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Ken Farmer head to the banks of the scenic McKenzie River for a bit of fishing and a look into the antique fly fishing gear market. Highlights include a collection of signed baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb memorabilia dating back to the early 1950s; an original Rosemary's Baby drawing by art designer Clem Hall, rescued from a Paramount Pictures dumpster; and a 1919 oil painting by Norman Rockwell, entitled The Little Model, and valued at $500,000.