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Specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers from across the nation travel throughout the United States offering free appraisals of antiques and collectibles.
8:00pm Vintage Richmond
Revisit items appraised in Richmond, Virginia, back in 1998. A Cartier desk clock has increased in value from a 1998 appraisal of $10,000 to $15,000 to an updated estimate of $25,000 to $35,000. Meanwhile, a Royal Doulton bear has dropped from an original appraisal of $5,000 to $7,000 to a current valuation of $3,000 to $5, 000.
9:00pm – Richmond, Hour One
Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Reid Dunavant travel to the Virginia Museum of Fine Art to talk about silver coffee and teapots. Highlights include a late19th -century Albert Neuhuys watercolor that was bought by a very young collector for $2.00 and is now valued at $1,000 to $1,500; a 1982 UNC championship signed basketball featuring teammates Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Sam Perkins and more; and an early 20th-century Alice R. H. Smith watercolor that originally belonged to the owner's mother, a close family friend of the artist, now appraised for $85,000.
8:00pm - Richmond, Hour Two
Host Mark L. Walberg attempts to stump appraiser Sebastian Clarke on Federal-era materials at the Wilton House Museum. Highlights include a 1765 Thomas Pitts silver epergne that was previously used to hold flowers instead of desserts and is now valued at $15,000 to $50,000; a Leveille-Rousseau perfume bottle, ca. 1890, bought at a Virginia flea market for around $20 and now appraised at between $6,000 and $8,000; and a Tiffany & Co. brooch, ca. 1937, found in the spare-button envelope of a dry cleaning business and valued at $65,000.
8:00pm - Richmond, Hour Two
Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Gary Sullivan visit Colonial Williamsburg to discuss tall case clocks. Highlights include a collection of Langston Hughes-signed first editions, bought at an estate sale for a dollar per book, now valued at $8,000 to $10,000; a 1935 Bride of Frankenstein pressbook, featuring many of the graphics used for the film's top posters; and an 1890 Frank Henry Shapleigh oil painting that was purchased for the look of the frame is appraised for $50,000 to $70,000.
8:00pm – Vintage Boston
Learn how the antiques market has evolved in the last 15 years. Highlights include a violin attributed to Johannes B. Ceruti, an 1836 Joseph H. Davis painting and a frontiersman's pipe tomahawk. Which item saw a value increase of up to $124,000?
9:00pm – Knoxville, Hour One
Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Ken Farmer head to the Museum of Appalachia to discuss Appalachian musical instruments. Highlights include a Tiffany pottery vase, circa 1905, that was purchased at an estate sale for $ 75 and is now valued at $9,000 to $12,000; a shoe belonging to Robert Wadlow, the tallest human recorded in history; and a Chinese gilt bronze Amida Buddah, circa 1550, that is unusual in size and is appraised for $40,000 to $60,000.
September 26, 8:00pm – Politically Collect
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW throws its hat in the ring with this special edition, a salute to the presidential election and the keepsakes of political battles long past.
Art in the 21st Century
ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY provides unparalleled access to the most innovative artists of our time, revealing how artists engage the culture around them and how art allows viewers to see the world in new ways. For the first time in the show’s history, the episodes are not organized around an artistic theme. Instead the 16-featured artists are grouped by their unique and revealing relationships to the places where they live: Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Vancouver.
September 16: 9:00 – Chicago | 10:00 - Mexico City
September 22: 9:00 – Los Angeles | 10:00 - Vancouver
Bluegrass Underground - NEW SEASON!!
Saturdays at 10:00pm
Taped 333-feet below ground within the majestic Volcano Room deep inside Tennessee’s Cumberland Caverns, this 12-part “musical adventure” series features both well-established and emerging artists within the broad spectrum of bluegrass, jamgrass, roots and Americana genres.
September 10 – Railroad Earth
With their a name borrowed from the Jack Kerouac short story "October in the Railroad Earth,” this band carries on the tradition of improvisational, genre-spanning music laid forth by the Grateful Dead. Railroad Earth mixes folk, country and rock, jazz and Celtic with ab Bluegrass sensibility. A staple on the line-up of any roots, rolk or jam-band festival, Railroad Earth has garnered raves for unique and exciting, must-see live shows.
September 17 –Dave Rawlings Machine
Joining David Todd Rawlings, a professional guitarist-singer-songwriter, in the DR Machine are his longtime performing partner Gillian Welch, Punch Brothers bassist Paul Kowert, violinist Brittany Haas and former Old Crow Medicine Show guitarist Willie Watson. Personifying the term “Americana,” the band’s BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND debut will be one to remember.
September 24 – The Suffers
Relative newcomers, The Suffers will say that they are influenced just as much by classic rock ’n’ roll, country, Latin and southern hip-hop as they are by the Stax/Volt or Muscle Shoals era. Fresh out of Houston and fronted by the massive-voiced singer Kam Franklin, this 10-piece band’s incandescent show has earned them spots on David Letterman’s show, NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series, the Newport Folk Festival and the Austin City Limits Festival.
Churchill’s Secret on Masterpiece
Sunday, September 11 at 8:00pm
Michael Gambon stars as Winston Churchill in this dramatization of Churchill’s life-threatening stroke in the summer of 1953, when he was prime minister for the second time. His illness and battle to recover were kept secret from the world.
The Contenders – 16 for ’16
Tuesdays at 8:00pm
This eight-part series reveals the humanity, the twists of fate and the surprising mistakes behind 16 of the most compelling and tumultuous presidential campaigns in modern history. Revisit the past 50 years of presidential election history to see how previous campaigns are still influencing politics in unexpected ways.
September 13 – Chisholm/McCain – The Straight Talk
See how being a straight talker in a presidential race had damaging consequences for both the first black, female Democratic candidate, the “unbought and unbossed” Shirley Chisholm, and Republican John McCain, a war hero dubbed a “maverick.”
September 20 – Dean/Buchanan - The Flame Throwers
Learn about the outspoken doctor and five-term governor who became a force in Democratic politics and the equally outspoken conservative columnist and commentator who both ran for president hell-bent on restoring the America they thought was lost.
September 27 – Romney/Dukakis – The Technocrats
Learn why successful governors of Massachusetts, Democrat Dukakis and Republican Romney, both competent contenders, were unprepared to combat the portraits their opponents painted of them and were unable to define themselves to the public.