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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.
Phoenix, AZ - Hour One (#1413H) Duration: 56:16 STEREO TVG
Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Stuart Whitehurst visit Phoenix' Hall of Flame Museum, home to the largest collection of fire-fighting materials in North America. Program highlights include a circa 1905 advertising display for waterproof baby pants; a 1797 Chippendale marriage chest; and a collection of original Charles Schulz "Peanuts" artwork, valued at $350,000.
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New York City, Hour Three (#1903H) Duration: 56:47 STEREO TVG
In NYC, host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Nicholas M. Dawes at the Salmagundi Club to learn about porcelain mugs created by former artist members. Highlights include a Tiffany presentation watch that was gifted to NYPD lieutenant Giuseppe Petrosino by the Italian government; a 1943 Irving Berlin manuscript that was discovered nestled in the pages of a photo album belonging to the family of the Columbia Records president; and a collection of rare 1903 American Beauty-backed tobacco baseball cards in pristine condition, appraised for $200,000.
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Austin, Hour One (#1904#) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR marks its tenth trip to Texas with a stop in Austin,where host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Laura Woolley travel to the Briscoe Center to talk about a personal collection donated by country music legend Willie Nelson. Highlights include a spinning wheel gifted to the owner's mother by Mahatma Gandhi, now valued at $50,000 to $75, 000; a pin designed by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein that features his trademark Ben-Day dot pattern; and a diamond and platinum Van Cleef and Arpels necklace that was custom ordered for $5,700 by the owner's father-in-law and is now worth $125,000.
San Jose, CA - Hour Three (#1418H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Nicholas Lowry visit Stanford University's Hoover Institution and its huge collection of political posters and discuss the origins of Uncle Sam. Valuable find: A collection of three Great Basin baskets made in Nevada and given a conservative auction estimate of $60,000 to $75,000.
The Boomer Years (#1834H) Duration: 56:16 STEREO TVG
The "Baby Boom" of the mid-20th century created a generation of people who grew up witnessing the rise of television, space exploration, and rock 'n' roll. In celebration of the "Boomer Years," AR is looking back with nostalgia at the vintage treasures from the 1940s, 50s and 60s, including a 1956 Elvis "Love Me Tender" standee that was found during a home renovation; a 1958 Martin Luther King, Jr. letter purchased for $20 at the estate of a Richard Nixon biographer; and Charles Schulz comic strip art, ca. 1960, owned by a former Hallmark employee who worked with Schulz for 12 years and is valued at $200,000 to $250,000.
Phoenix, AZ - Hour Two (#1414H) Duration: 56:16 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.
Austin, Hour Two (#1905H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR is in Austin, Texas, where host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Wes Cowan at the Texas State Library and Archives to learn about fraudulent and authentic Texas Declaration of Independence documents. Highlights include a 1607 Galileo letter that was purchased by the owner's grandmother for $170 and is now appraised at $60,000 to $100, 000; a jewelry collection of a diamond and sapphire ring, necklace and tassel, valued at $55,000 to $85,000; and a Chinese cloisonne panel that was said to be gifted to the owner's grandfather by the Emperor of China and holds an estimated auction value of $70,000 to $ 100,000.
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San Diego, Ca - Hour One (#1504H) Duration: 56:16 STEREO TVG
Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Marshall Martin head to the world-renowned San Diego Zoo to discuss the appeal of vintage Steiff animals, the plush-toy phenomenon started more than 130 years ago. Highlights include an original, handwritten draft of the 1933 popular American song "Stormy Weather," recorded by the likes of Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald; an heirloom circa 1864 Tiffany cameo complete with a collection of authentic period jewelry; and a turn-of-the-century aristocratic portrait by Robert Henri, valued at $250,000 to $350,000.
Manor House Treasures (#1835H) Duration: 56:16 STEREO TVG
AR is taking inspiration from the furnishings and finery of the sprawling estates in popular period dramas such as "Downton Abby" and "Upstairs Downstairs" for this special. It features extraordinary objects from across the pond - and beyond - that would fit right in any stately homes of the rich and powerful, including a Lord Byron cellarette and portrait, ca. 1810; a Louis Vuitton steamer trunk, ca. 1915, that was gifted to the caretakers of an estate; and a Louis Comfort Tiffany necklace, ca. 1905, that belonged to the owner's wealthy great-grandmother and is appraised for $75,000 to $100,000.
New York City, Hour Two (#1902H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR is in The Big Apple for the first time in 13 years, where host Mark L. Walberg heads to an iconic venue, the Apollo Theater, for a "Most Wanted" segment. Highlights include a Tiffany Studios mosaic inkwell, ca. 1905, likely designed by Carol Driscoll; a show run from the Beatles' first "Ed Sullivan Show" appearance along with an autographed photograph of the band; and a Joseph Kleitsch oil painting, ca.1925, purchased by the owner's father from Kleitsch's widow for $100 and now valued at $500,000.
Austin, Hour Three (#1906H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR stops in Austin, where host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Bruce M. Shackelford at a private collection to learn about antique Mexican saddles. Highlights include a scrapbook of World War II photos from the owner's grandfather-in-law who was one of the "Monuments Men"; an 1875 "Pictorial St. Louis" atlas including birds-eye maps of the entire city, drafted in a hot air balloon; and an inherited jade ring with case, made around 1930, whose impressive size and rich green color give it its value of $60,000 to $80,000.
Celebrating Black Americana (#1934H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
San Jose, CA - Hour One (#1416H) Duration: 55:46 STEREO TVG
Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Rafael Eledge visit Winchester Mystery House, a bizarre Victorian mansion built by Winchester Rifle heiress Sarah Winchester. Valuable find: A Tlingit bowl and ladle - inherited from the guest's great-great-grandfather, who procured them on an 1877 trip to Alaska - valued at $250,000 to $300,000.
San Jose, CA - Hour Two (#1417H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Bruce Shackelford meet up at the historic Fallon House to examine works by prolific Western painter Astley David Middleton Cooper. Valuable find: A painting entitled The Wet Nurse, by the German genre painter Carl Herpfer, valued at $80, 000.
Bismarck, Hour One (#1907H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR rolls into Bismarck, North Dakota, where host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Ken Gloss at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park to learn about the books of Elizabeth Custer. Highlights include a 1939 collection from the rescue operation of sunken Navy submarine USS Squalus; a Torino lamp that was purchased at a Bismarck antique shop for $25 and is valued at $1500 to $2500; and two Tlingit Shamanic masks representing a wolf and guardian ancestor that were obtained by the owner's great-grandfather during an 1890 missionary trip to Alaska and are now worth $250,000.
San Diego, Ca - Hour Two (#1505H) Duration: 56:16 STEREO TVG
Host Mark L. Walberg meets appraiser Rafael Eledge aboard the USS Midway, the longest-serving US Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century, to discuss the evolution of a 19th-century sailor's side arm: the cutlass. Highlights include an 18th-century ivory carved creche that could be worth up to 30 times what the owner paid for it; a pair of mid-century modern "Barcelona" chairs: a line of chairs designed in 1929 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as thrones for the king and queen of Spain; and a circa 1900 Turkmenistan rug, valued at $125,000 to $ 150,000.
Bismarck, Hour Two (#1908H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
In Bismarck, North Dakota, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Richard Johnston travel to the Vintage Guitar Magazine headquarters to discuss Larson Brothers guitars. Highlights include a miniature Japanese china set, ca. 1925, made for dolls and includes high-quality china place settings for 12; a fashion forward ranchwear outfit, ca. 1935, that has a split skirt for riding astride as well as side saddle; and a Chinese Imperial ceremonial outfit, ca. 1900, acquired on a missionary trip to China and left in a storage building for more than 50 years, appraised at $100,000 to $150,000.
San Diego, Ca - Hour Three (#1506H) Duration: 56:16 STEREO TVG
Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Nicholas Lowry head to San Diego's Allen Airways Flying Museum to look at some of the earliest-known posters of mechanical flight. Highlights include "Captain America" and "Fantastic Four" co-creator Jack Kirby's personal collection of comics from the 1930s to the 1970s; a set of circa 1915 Cartier cuff links, buttons and studs; and an original Hortus Eystettensis, the groundbreaking collection of botanical illustrations published in 1613, valued at $250,000 to $350,000.