Antiques Television Shows

Melanie Thomas for Antique Trader magazine

Antiques dealers must adapt more than inventory to stay relevant

Because we live in a culture fascinated by youth and addicted to everything electronic, there is one species fending off, as best it can, the threat of extinction. I’ll call this genus the antiques dealer. If Darwin is correct, adaptation is tantamount to our species’ survival. After a trip to England and realizing 90 percent...

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It’s antiques dealers vs auctioneers on HISTORY’s “Real Deal”

HISTORY is airing a new, 10-part series called "Real Deal," which zeroes in on the dramatic interaction between buyers and sellers. Taped at Don Presley Auctions' gallery in Orange, Calif., Real Deal captures the tension that fuels the art of the deal. Antique dealers must summon their expansive knowledge of antiques – and human...

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‘The Great Big American Auction’ debuts Thursday on ABC

ABC is airing “The Great Big American Auction,” in a very special television first made-for-TV auction event, at 10 p.m. (ET) Dec. 8, 2011. The show will star Ty Pennington and feature Heritage Auctions’ experts, auction services and staff. Photo courtesy Ty Pennington.com. ABC is airing “The Great Big American Auction,” in a very...

Skinner CEO Karen Keane gives her take on antiques reality shows

Karen Keane, who has been an appraiser for more than 30 years and whose accomplishments include appearances on Antiques Roadshow – the original program that many would argue is still the best antiques reality show – and CEO of Skinner, Inc., one of the nation’s top auction houses, shares several “truths” we should all...

‘Antiques Roadshow’ most valuable find: Rhino horn cup collection worth $1M

Appraiser Lark Mason spotted the set and set its value at more than $1 million. TULSA, Okla. – PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow” recorded the highest-value appraisal in the series’ 16 years of production. Veteran “Antiques Roadshow” Asian arts expert Lark Mason identified a collection of five late 17th/early 18th-century Chinese carved rhinoceros horn cups and...