Convention Center hosts Antiques Roadshow
More than 6,000 folks were at the Minneapolis Convention Center July 9 for a taping of PBSs popular program, Antiques Roadshow. The three episodes taped at the Convention Center will be aired on public television sometime between January and June 2012. (PBS will post the schedule in September on its website.)
People attending the Roadshow first had to apply for free tickets that were awarded through a random drawing. The folks lucky enough to receive one of the high demand tickets then brought their items to the Convention Center on July 9. Attendees entered the Convention Center according to the time on their ticket and showed their item to a generalist appraiser who gave them a ticket to one of the 20 appraisal category stations, such as folk art, furniture, sports memorabilia, etc.
After receiving a category ticket, a volunteer escorted each attendee to the appropriate appraisal table to learn the history and value of the item. If the appraiser felt that the item would make an interesting TV segment, a producer was called to see if the item should be taped for the television show. Folks who were selected were escorted to the Green Room where make-up was applied and filming occurred.
According to a Minneapolis StarTribune article, the show turned up several finds, including:
- A 3.4 carat yellow diamond engagement ring the appraiser valued at between $140,000 to $160,000.
- A Frederic Remington bronze sculpture the appraiser valued at $250,000 to $300,000 at auction.
- A painting by Victor Higgins valued at nearly $100,000.
Antiques Roadshow is PBS's highest-rated series and is seen by nearly 10 million viewers each week. According to the show’s website, the Antiques Roadshow "captures the 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."
July 20, 2011
Published Jul. 20, 2011