While the three “Antiques Roadshow” programs set in Knoxville won’t air until 2014 the popular PBS program is letting East Tennesseans in on a glimpse of what they may see on a future program.
Some 4,780 people came to the Knoxville Convention Center July 13 to show their treasures to “Roadshow” appraisers. Here are the top items the 70 appraisers saw:
A pair of folk art watercolors painted between 1830 and 1840 in Pennsylvania by early 19th-century artist Jacob Maentel. The pair was given an auction value of $60,000 to $80,000 by “Roadshow” appraiser Ken Farmer.
A sapphire, platinum and diamond ring appraised by Virginia Salem at $40,000 to $60,000 at auction. The ring was bought 10 years ago for $15,000 at an estate sale as an anniversary gift for its current owner. Made between 1950 and 1970 by Cartier, the rings’ stones include a Ceylon sapphire from Sri Lanka.
A Buddha Statue made between 1368 and 1644 and appraised for an auction value of $40,000 to $60,000.
The show’s Knoxville finds also included items tied to famous people. “Roadshow” appraiser Francis Wahlgren examined a copy of Margaret Mitchell’s epic “Gone With the Wind” but didn’t have good news for its owner. The owner paid $2,000 for the book at a 1974 estate sale of a woman whose first name was Rosie. The book was signed Dec. 15, 1939 — the day the “GWTW” film starring Clark Gable premiered in Atlanta — by Mitchell to her friend Rosie.
But Wahlgren found that the book is a third, not a first, edition and the signature is not Mitchell’s original signature. Wahlgren appraised the book at a $5 to $10 retail value.
Other items tied to historical figures had value. A pair of boxing shoes Muhammed Ali used to train had a $15,000 to $20,000 auction value. A collection of letters written by aviator Amelia Earhart had a $12,000 to $18,000 auction value. The owner inherited the letters from her aunt, an Earhart friend who discouraged the pilot from making her last flight.
“Roadshow’s” 18th season starts in January. No date has been set when the Knoxville shows will air. While about 90 people and their objects were filmed, there’s no guarantee who will made the editing cut. About 10 million viewers watch each episode of the program. Knoxville is one of eight cities whose finds will make up the 18th season.
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