BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. — Appraiser and auction house owner Frank H. Boos III, known as the “Bow-tie Guy” from his many appearances on PBS Television’s Antiques Roadshow, died on May 9 of vascular disease. He was 70.
Frank H. Boos Gallery, established almost four decades ago, is located in the Antiques Centre of Troy, Mich. Boos was an expert consultant who worked with a number of museums, insurance companies, law firms, banks and private collectors.
Boos had many high-profile clients over the years, including the late Minoru and Teruko Yamasaki. Minoru Yamasaki was an internationally renowned architect who designed the World Trade Center in New York. Boos was also the first U.S. agent for Christie’s, conducting the auction of the Anna Thompson Dodge estate in Grosse Point Farms, Mich., in 1970.
But Boos really came to national prominence after his appearances on Antiques Roadshow. “He thought it was just fabulous,” his son, Jonathan, told the Detroit News. “He loved meeting people and sharing the thrill of discovery – discovering the unknown, hidden-away, long-lost paintings and fabulous pieces of silver.”
“The first time I met Frank he impressed me as man who knew what he wanted,” Marsha Bemko, Antiques Roadshow executive producer, told Antique Trader. “Whenever I talked to him on the show, he always had an almost little boy expression of excitement on his face. He was genuinely fascinated with objects and their history, and wanted to share his excitement with all of us.
“You know, the bow tie and suspenders, that wasn’t an act for TV,” Bemko added. “Frank was an old-school guy who also wanted to keep abreast of things, whether that meant great antiques or great food. And he died believing he was going to be part of this summer’s show schedule.
“He was this friendly curmudgeon, a gentle person, and a shrewd businessman, yet he maintained right up to the day he died a love of objects and history. He never tired of seeing new things.”
Boos is survived by his wife, Nancy; two sons, Jonathan and Christopher; and two daughters, Kristina Boos and Alexandra Boos Stephenson. Those wishing to remember Frank Boos may consider sending donations to Beaumont Hospice, 3601 W. 13 Mile, Royal Oak, MI, 48073.