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For Immediate Release

Contact: Kristin Priest Sokul, Detroit Public Television
(w) 248-254-6788

CONTACT: Kate Hathaway, WGBH Boston  
(w) 617-300-5305 

Hannah Auerbach, WGBH Boston
(w) 617-300-5346


DETROIT – January 17, 2014 – PBS’s most-watched primetime series ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, which premiered its 18th season on January 6, will air its Detroit-focused episodes on Detroit Public Television (WTVS, Channel 56) on Mondays, January 27, February 3 and February 10 at 8 p.m.

The series came to Detroit in June 2013 as part of its eight-city summer production tour with an all-day appraisal event held at Cobo Center. At the appraisal event, more than 5,300 ticketed guests received valuations of their antiques and collectibles from specialists from the country’s leading auction houses and independent dealers. Each guest was invited to bring two items for appraisal.

"Roadshow was thrilled to visit Detroit this summer," said Marsha Bemko, Antiques Roadshow executive producer. "From the local cultural treasures like Pewabic pottery and Marvin Gaye’s passport, to the only-on-Roadshow big-ticket finds such as Bert Larh’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ script and a signed Abraham Lincoln photo album, Motor City did not disappoint!"

Episode Descriptions and Highlights

Airdate: Monday, January 27 at 8 p.m.
Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Laura Woolley head to the Motown Museumto discuss memorabilia that hits a high note with collectors. Highlights include: a 1970 Andy Warhol poster the guest bought at his campus bookstore for around $10 and had signed by Warhol himself; an early 20th century collection of locally crafted Pewabic Pottery; and a working script of "The Wizard of Oz" used on set by Bert Lahr, more fondly known as the "Cowardly Lion," that is appraised for $150,000.

Airdate: Monday, February 3 at 8 p.m.
Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Noel Barrett head to theYpsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum to explore model cars made by Hudson Car Company. Highlights include: Marvin Gaye’s 1964 passport, found inside an album, purchased for 50 cents at an estate sale; a Petrus van Schendel Oil Painting, ca. 1860, that exemplifies the artist’s famous candlelit scenes; and a signed photo album of President Abraham Lincoln and his Cabinet and Senate, valued at $75,000 to $100,000, discovered while the guest was cleaning her grandmother’s basement.

Airdate: Monday, February 10 at 8 p.m.
Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Eric Silver travel to Saarinen House at Cranbrook Academy of Art to discuss world-renowned architect and designer Eliel Saarinen. Highlights include: a Charles Schulz signed letter and drawing of his beloved Peanuts character Linus; letters from Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud discussing Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky found tucked inside a book; and two etchings, one by Edward Hopper and one by John Sloan, that were a surprise gift to the owner in the 1970s and are now valued at $105,000.

An 11-time Emmy® nominated series, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is sharing more history than ever through America’s untold stories, presenting 35 new episodes, hosted by Mark L. Walberg, for its 18th season. Cities included in the season are: Boise, Idaho; Detroit; Baton Rouge, La.; Kansas City, Mo.; Anaheim, Calif.; Richmond, Va; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Knoxville, Tenn.

Standout appraisals from other tour stops include a copy of the book The History of Magic, with an inscription from the owner’s old college roommate…Jim Morrison of "The Doors," brought by a ROADSHOW guest in Baton Rouge, La. The book was appraised for $8,000 to $10,000. ROADSHOW learned something new about pop art and pop royalty with a Roy Lichtenstein print that appraised for $300,000 in Kansas City, Mo. and in Anaheim, Calif., Michael Jackson’s 10th grade, hand-drawn sketches.


Part adventure, part history lesson, part treasure hunt, 11-time Emmy® Award nominated ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is about to begin its 18th broadcast season and is the top-rated ongoing primetime PBS series. The series is produced by WGBH Boston for PBS under license from the BBC. The Executive Producer is Marsha Bemko. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Subaru. Additional funding is provided by public television viewers.


For more information about ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, visit

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW press materials, including streaming video and downloadable photos, are available at


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