Antiques Roadshow’s 13th season launches with high-ticket appraisals

Happy New Year everyone! I hope the new year finds you all healthy and happy.

Personally, it’s been a tumultuous week for me. 2008 ended as low as it could have, but 2009 is looking very promising.

Enough about me. On to the world of antiques!

According to a recent news report, the Antiques Roadshow, which launches its 13th season this month, found some extraordinary items at its Palm Springs taping.

Remember the little black dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in “Some
Like it Hot”? Well, it turned up in one of the Roadshow appraisals. (SPOILER ALERT) … and it’s valued between $150,000 and $250,000.

But that’s not the most valuable item ever appraised on the program. That honor goes to a 1937 painting by abstract artist Clyfford Still. Received by the current owner as a housewarming gift, it’s currently estimated at (*drumroll, please*) $500,000.

The Palm Springs episodes were taped last June, and will be aired beginning January 5th.

Visit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/index.html for the full schedule and more information.

— Karen               

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