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

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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 valued the set at $1 million to $1.5 million.

Antiques Roadshow record find rhino cups.jpgThe second highest-value appraisal recorded by “Antiques Roadshow” was of a collection of Chinese carved jade bowls, estimated to be worth as much as $1.07 million, discovered at the event in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2009.

The rhino horn cups were brought to the Tulsa Convention Center July 23 by one of approximately 6,000 ticket holders. The owner, who prefers to remain unidentified, told Mason he started collecting cups inexpensively in the 1970s and had no idea of the collection’s current value. Because of today’s strong market for Chinese antiques and antiquities, the collection’s value has increased dramatically since its original purchase.

Tulsa was the fourth stop on “Antiques Roadshow’s” six-city 2011 production tour. The three episodes produced from the Tulsa event will air as part of the serie’s 16th season, from January to June 2012.

“Antiques Roadshow” summer 2011 production tour will continue Aug. 6 in Atlanta on and wrap up Aug. 13 in Pittsburgh. Tickets to “Antiques Roadshow” events are free, but have already been distributed. Additional tickets are not available. More information about the summer 2011 production tour is available online.

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-posted by Eric
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