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  • Jug appraised at $50G actually from 1970s high school art class

    05/12/2016 2:58:34 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 22 replies
    Ny daily news ^ | May 12, 2016 | CHRISTOPHER BRENNAN
    PBS favorite “Antiques Roadshow” has admitted that it mistakenly claimed a grotesque jug dated back to the 19th century, when it was really from a 1970s Oregon high school art class. Appraiser Stephen Fletcher originally said that the piece, featured in a January episode of the show, was worth up to $50,000. -snip The weird pot had migrated about 60 miles from its birthplace at Churchill High School in the years between 1973 or 74 and last summer, when new owner Alvin Barr was thrilled that his estate sale find could be worth a small fortune. Soule and friends contacted...
  • House Bill Seeks To Prevent Islamic State Profiting From Stolen Antiques

    04/28/2016 6:04:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies ^ | April 28, 2016 | Edwin Mora
    The Republican-led House of Representatives sent a bill authored by a Democrat to President Obama’s desk that would limit the ability of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) to destroy cultural sites and profit from the selling of priceless antiques.
  • What Is The Oldest Thing You Own?

    02/15/2016 6:24:28 PM PST · by jy8z · 317 replies
    A Freeper | 2/15/2016 | jy8z
    I saw this question posed by a fellow FReeper in answer to another Freeper today. I thought it would make for an interesting topic. I do not remember who it was so I can't attribute it to them.
  • Former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen R. Reed charged with bribery, theft and dozens more criminal charges

    07/16/2015 4:37:47 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies ^ | July 15, 2015 | Rachel Bunn
    Former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen R. Reed was charged Tuesday with a battery of theft, fraud and bribery charges that, if proven, would stamp corruption in indelible ink on the Reed Era. They would also likely put Reed, who has been out of office since January 2010 and has indicated his intent to fight for vindication, in jail. The 65-year-old Reed was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge William Wenner Tuesday on charges that go right to the heart of his longtime role as benevolent dictator of Pennsylvania's Capital City.
  • Items from Van Cliburn’s estate to be auctioned through Christie’s

    02/21/2014 12:39:05 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The Star Telegram ^ | 2-21-14 | Marilyn Bailey
    Special to the Star-Telegram One year after his death, hundreds of items from the estate of Van Cliburn are going on sale at Christie’s auction house in New York. The pianist, who died in February 2013, filled his Westover Hills home with items encountered during his world travels — fine art, furnishings, tableware — and selected with a veteran collector’s eye. Two years ago, Cliburn parted with some of his most valuable treasures at a Christie’s auction of what was billed as “The Van Cliburn Collection.” That sale earned almost $4.4 million, beating a presale estimate of $3 million. The...
  • Antiques Roadshow star spots that £400 painting is really a Van Dyck worth [$660,000]

    12/30/2013 1:01:16 AM PST · by deks · 3 replies
    Mail Online ^ | December 28, 2013 | Martin Beckford
    It was bought for £400 by Father MacLeod – mainly because he liked its golden frame. It hung in the hallway of a retreat he runs for the clergy in Derbyshire. At at one stage, the painting fell off its hook on the wall and landed on a CD player, smashing the device. After art expert Philip Mould inspected it, it underwent a thorough restoration and was officially verified as a genuine Van Dyck by Dr Christopher Brown, who is a world authority on the artist. The artwork will now be sold by Fr. MacLeod to pay for the restoration...
  • Rags to Riches.. OMG

    09/25/2013 1:21:39 PM PDT · by carlo3b · 11 replies ^ | Sept. 23, 2013 | Unknown
    Disabled man's life is turned around by a blanket... Really.. :)
  • Buyer beware: Dangerous levels of lead found in used consumer products

    12/01/2010 10:22:12 PM PST · by LucyT · 31 replies
    Physorg Health ^ | Dec. 01, 2010 | Laurel Sharmer, NYU.State,Anna Harding,Or.State,Steven Shackley,CalStateBerkeley
    Research reported recently by the Associated Press found that lead and cadmium were present in cartoon character drinking glasses. Now a new study has found that many other items available for purchase throughout the United States – such as toys, home décor items, salvage, kitchen utensils and jewelry – contain surface lead concentrations more than 700 times higher than the federal limit.
  • Chinese vase sells for world record-breaking £53.1 million at auction

    11/12/2010 11:32:42 AM PST · by anglian · 28 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Nov 11, 2010 | Murray Wardrop
    The 18th century Qianlong porcelain vase had been estimated to fetch between £800,000 and £1.2 million by Bainbridges, the provincial auction house handling the sale. The 18th century Qianlong-dynasty porcelain vase is believed to have fetched the highest price for any Chinese artwork sold at auction However both the auctioneers and the owners were stunned when it went for the highest price of any Chinese artwork sold at auction. The elaborately decorated piece was put up for sale by a brother and sister who found it while clearing out their parents’ home in Pinner, north-west London after they recently died.
  • Top 10 Most Expensive Antique Roadshow Items – Including the Million Dollar Appraisal (VIDEO)

    05/05/2010 12:17:12 PM PDT · by wrrock · 10 replies · 1,317+ views
    Video ^ | Antique Secretary Desk
    Here is the current top ten list of the most expensive items to ever appear on the show ‘Antique Roadshow.’ These 'national treasures' are in the hands of some very lucky people. SEE TOP 10...
  • $17,000 Antique Ring Found in Goodwill Donation

    04/28/2010 1:19:03 PM PDT · by wrrock · 4 replies · 405+ views
    WGAL ^ | 4/28/2010 | WGAL via MSN
    Watch a report from WGAL in Harrisburg, where a $17,000.00 diamond ring (2.6 carat) was donated and will be auctioned off on Goodwill’s site. It is being recorded as a donation, and is the largest Goodwill donation ever in the Pennsylvania area. WATCH $17K ANTIQUE RING DONATED to GOODWILL...
  • Man says guns antiques, not for crime

    03/29/2010 10:52:12 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 76 replies · 2,217+ views
    upi ^ | March. 29, 2010
    NEW YORK, March 29 (UPI) -- Members of a New York family charged with stockpiling 30 guns and other weapons are antique collectors, not criminals, a friend says. Thomas Siano, 57, Kathleen Siano, 58, and their son, Vincent Siano, 29, were charged with criminal possession of weapons. Michael Poole, 29, their friend and tenant, also was charged after a Friday search of the Siano home turned up 30 guns, seven knives and two crossbows, but the charges against him were dropped, the New York Daily News reported Monday. The weapons were left to Thomas Siano by his grandfather and uncle...
  • A super bowl that eluded patriots

    01/14/2010 12:29:02 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 22 replies · 717+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | January 14, 2010 | Samuel G. Allis
    Now 300 years old, the Loring Bowl, as it is known, will be the star of the show at Sotheby’s auction of early American silver in New York on Jan. 22. It is, by far, the biggest bowl of its kind and period that Sotheby’s has ever handled. Now 300 years old, the Loring Bowl, as it is known, will be the star of the show at Sotheby’s auction of early American silver in New York on Jan. 22. It is, by far, the biggest bowl of its kind and period that Sotheby’s has ever handled. (Southeby's) Fearing for his...
  • NC woman's jade gets record 'Roadshow' appraisal

    07/17/2009 2:25:28 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 20 replies · 1,390+ views
    The News & Observer ^ | Jul. 16, 2009 | MARTHA WAGGONER
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Jinx Taylor always thought her father had impeccable taste. Now she knows it's true. Four pieces of jade that her father bought in the 1930s and '40s at No. 10 Jade St. in Beijing were valued last month at more than $1 million on PBS' "Antiques Roadshow" while the program was in Raleigh, a record appraisal for the show. They're so valuable, in fact, that Taylor can't afford the insurance on the keepsakes and plans to sell them. "I adored my father," Taylor, who lives along North Carolina's coast, said in a recent phone interview. "He was...
  • Is Rare Clock Adolf Hitler's Timepiece?

    04/06/2009 11:47:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies · 2,655+ views
    EDP24 ^ | 06 April 2009
    A gilded bronze clock which could have ticked away the final hours of Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime has resurfaced in a new antiques shop in Dereham. The elaborate timepiece, believed to be a British soldier's prized memento of victory in the Second World War, is one of many historical collectables brought to the shop opened by Breckland councillor and former Dereham mayor Michael Fanthorpe. Mr Fanthorpe said the clock belonged to a soldier despatched to the dictator's bunker after the fall of Berlin in 1945, whose wife refused to display it in her home and chose to sell it after...
  • Cottingley Fairies on Antiques Roadshow

    01/10/2009 10:32:43 AM PST · by BGHater · 5 replies · 651+ views
    Cabinet of Wonders ^ | 04 Jan 2009 | Cabinet of Wonders
    This evening's Antiques Roadshow (from Belfast) had some interesting fortean-tinged items. Unsurprisingly, there were various pieces of Titanic memorabilia but the final segment had the daughter and granddaughter of Frances Griffiths showing the famous Cottingley fairy photographs and a camera given to Griffiths by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Roadshow expert, Paul Atterbury. You can watch the episode in full on the BBC iPlayer for the next seven days.A few things worth noting from the programme:Frances only admitted that the photographs (bar one) were fakes after she had discovered her cousin Elsie had spoken out about them (Elsie had come...
  • Fresno collectors uncover rare 1869 baseball card

    01/08/2009 12:14:02 PM PST · by Wolfstar · 12 replies · 1,929+ views
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 1/8/09 | Mike Osegueda
    Bernice Gallego sat down one day this summer, as she does pretty much every day, and began listing items on eBay. She dug into a box and pulled out a baseball card. She stopped for a moment and admired the picture. "Red Stocking B.B. Club of Cincinnati," the card read, under a sepia tone photo of 10 men with their socks pulled up to their knees. The card itself was dirty and wrinkled in a few places. [SNIP] The card is actually 139 years old. It, and a handful of others like it, are considered the first baseball cards. This...
  • Scientists find 2,000-year-old brain in Britain

    12/12/2008 12:36:31 PM PST · by Red Badger · 39 replies · 1,609+ views ^ | 12/12/2008 | RAPHAEL G. SATTER
    The existence of a brain where no other soft tissues have survived is extremely rare, according to Sonia O'Connor, an archaeological researcher at the University of Bradford in northern England who helped authenticate the discovery. "This brain is particularly exciting because it is very well preserved, even though it is the oldest recorded find of this type in the U.K., and one of the earliest worldwide," she said. The old brain is unlikely to yield new neurological insights because human brains aren't thought to have changed much over the past 2,000 years, according to Chris Gosden, a professor of archaeology...
  • Rare Iraqi Jewish books 'surface in Israel'

    06/27/2008 11:00:51 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 293+ views ^ | 6-27-08 | AFP
    Some 300 rare and valuable books confiscated from Iraq's Jewish community by Saddam Hussein's regime have been secretly spirited into Israel, an Israeli newspaper reported on Friday. The books include a 1487 commentary on the biblical Book of Job and another volume of biblical prophets printed in Venice in 1617, the Haaretz daily said. The volumes are part of a massive collection of books confiscated by the secret police of the executed Iraqi dictator and stored in security installations in the Iraqi capital until the US-led invasion of 2003. Many volumes were damaged during the bombing of government buildings in...
  • Can Anyone Identify the Military Uniform?

    01/22/2008 1:21:23 PM PST · by Enough_Deceit · 91 replies · 564+ views
    Self | 1/22/08 | Enough_Deceit
  • Feds Say Man With $12 Million In Bogus Checks Offers Help With Al Qaida (Shishani - New Details)

    07/24/2002 10:28:43 PM PDT · by Shermy · 30 replies · 660+ views
    AP ^ | July 24, 2002
    DETROIT - A man charged with smuggling dlrs 12 million in bogus cashiers checks into the United States told agents the man named on the checks may belong to al-Qaida, authorities said Wednesday. Omar Shishani, 47, also told investigators during an interview that "if you want to know about terrorism, I can help you with that," Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Straus said during a hearing. Defense attorney Nabih Ayad denied his client ever made such statements. Shishani, who was born in Jordan but is of Chechen descent, was arrested last week after arriving at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on a flight...
  • A y Porcelain collectors out there? Need help to ID these!

    12/09/2007 4:02:35 PM PST · by eastforker · 48 replies · 104+ views
    my ebay ^ | 12/09/07 | eastforker
    OK folks, need some help. I have scoured the net and have yet to find documentation on what these are or a history on their worth.Anybody???
  • Ads from 1988 Radio Shack: Tandy 4000, 32-Bit Technology 16 MHz only $2599 (w/pic)

    11/26/2006 10:31:43 AM PST · by MotleyGirl70 · 44 replies · 1,073+ views ^ | 11/2006 |
    *Monitor not included
  • Eyes on the future, past

    07/31/2006 5:44:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 236+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Sgt. Rachel Brune
    Col. Ra'ad, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division Iraqi Army commander, leads American Soldiers through one of the few excavated areas in the Hatra ruins July 14. Ra'ad, whose brother-in-law work on the site in the 1970s, gave his endorsement to a coalition iniative to build a protective fence around the 2,000-year-old site to keep out looters. Story and photo by Sgt. Rachel Brune101st Sustainment Brigade,101st Airborne Division AL HADR -- Even as he is mired in the present concerns of coordinating logistics for Q-West Base Complex, Capt. Jesse Ballenger, 153rd Field Artillery Brigade, has one eye on the future,...
  • Arkansas - Slave paraphernalia ballot item can be resubmitted, Beebe says

    12/23/2005 10:21:33 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 32 replies · 720+ views
    Associated Press | December 23, 2005 | Andrew DeMillo
    LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Attorney General Mike Beebe says a proposed constitutional amendment to ban the sale of slave paraphernalia can be resubmitted for his review. Beebe rejected the proposal Thursday, saying it did not include a copy of the full measure for his review. He also noted several problems with the proposal including that it does not clearly define slave paraphernalia or slave items. But Beebe told Marquitta J. Corbin of Conway that she can submit the proposal again. Corbin wants to get the measure on the November ballot but the attorney general must first review the proposal...
  • Hunt treasure in dumpsters, thrift stores

    10/25/2005 6:37:45 PM PDT · by SJackson · 63 replies · 2,519+ views
    Wisconsin Dells Events ^ | 10-25-05 | Kay Lapp James
    Before I could write my column this week, I had to take an hour off to watch "Antiques Roadshow" on PBS, locally WHA. It feeds my fantasy of finding or buying an item and have it turn out to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. The show always has a few people who either bought an item at a yard sale for a dollar or two or found it. For example, Monday's show featured a man who went dumpster diving and found a rare print by John Turnbull of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was worth...
  • Iran plans to weave world's largest carpet

    09/24/2005 11:06:05 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 7 replies · 337+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sat Sep 24, 200
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran is seeking to revive its carpet industry by weaving the world's biggest rug, weighing in at 35 tonnes. The mammoth rug from the spiritual homeland of Persian carpets will cover almost 6,000 square metres and will fetch some $8.2 million, its makers told Reuters on Saturday. "We will have two working shifts of 1,000 weavers working for 14 months non-stop to deliver the carpet on time," said Karam Reza Haseli, a deputy manager at the state-supported Iranian carpet company. Work is due to start in three months. The carpet has been ordered by the Sheikh Zayed...
  • Rare Jewish artifacts remain in soggy limbo

    05/02/2005 4:37:37 PM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies · 424+ views
    WASHINGTON - A damaged Torah, a centuries-old Bible and other rare documents important to Iraq's few remaining Jews were rescued from a flooded cellar in Baghdad, only to remain in limbo here. Their restoration, like so much else these days, awaits the emergence of a new Iraq. Historians at the National Archives, which preserves such priceless artifacts as the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, are examining the treasure trove of materials found in the basement of the headquarters for Saddam Hussein's secret police. The materials are in moderate to poor condition - they remained wet for several weeks after being...
  • THE VELVET UNDERGROUND PLAY PORTLAND (1-of-a-kind accetate found at yard sale)

    11/30/2004 7:10:34 PM PST · by weegee · 4 replies · 500+ views
    Portland Mercury ^ | 11/25/04 | by Ryan Dirks
    How an Original Velvet Underground Acetate Wound Up in Portland (And Could Be the Most Expensive Record in the World!) Yard sales are like junior high dances. You show up full of anticipation, bump into a lot of people, and then leave disappointed. But in both cases, an ineffable sense of possibility spawns return, over and over. Maybe this time I'll slow dance with Tiffany Pfeiffer. Maybe this time I'll find a first edition of Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49. Maybe my life will change within the hour. And so earlier this year, with flickering expectation, Warren Hill...
  • Madeleine Albright's father 'took war loot to America'

    09/18/2003 7:20:20 PM PDT · by Andy from Beaverton · 12 replies · 1,166+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | March 28, 1999 | Matthew Campbell
     London March 28, 1999 UNITED STATES Albright's father 'took war loot to America'by Matthew Campbell, Washington A WEALTHY Austrian family is threatening legal action against Madeleine Albright, the American secretary of state, in an acrimonious row over a priceless collection of paintings and antiques that has its roots in the chaotic aftermath of the second world war. In a hitherto unpublicised dispute, descendants of Karl Nebrich, an Austrian industrialist, claim that Albright's father, Josef Korbel, a former Czech foreign ministry official who was Jewish, stole millions of dollars' worth of art and furniture from them, then fled with it...
  • Antiques Dealer Wants Bill of Rights Back

    03/29/2003 3:35:00 PM PST · by TLBSHOW · 8 replies · 222+ views
    ap ^ | 3/29/2003 | ap
    Antiques Dealer Wants Bill of Rights Back Connecticut Antiques Dealer Will Fight to Reclaim Copy of Bill of Rights RALEIGH, N.C. March 29 — A Connecticut antiques dealer will fight to recover a document seized from him that North Carolina claims is its long-lost copy of the Bill of Rights, his attorney said Friday. Hugh Stevens, attorney for Wayne Pratt, also disputed federal and state authorities' contention that the document is the one stolen from the North Carolina statehouse during the Civil War. "Whatever the document is, and wherever it has been, its authenticity and ownership have yet to be...
  • To Race or not to Race II

    10/04/2002 10:02:03 AM PDT · by WaterDragon · 3 replies · 191+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | October 1, 2002 | Brad Stevens front tire is sitting on the chalk line, and my eyes are riveted on the face of the flag man. He rolls up the flag, turns to look at us, and at once my world, my existence, is only this man. I'm electric in my total absorption of the flag man and there is nothing else -- the motorcycle and I are fused, an explosive device awaiting its trigger. I'm unconscious to all my senses except sight. Eye contact, sudden release....I regain consciousness about 50 feet from the starting line, now completely focused on the bike's performance...For the full...

    07/11/2002 12:17:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 256+ views
    Associated Press _ direct feed | July 11, 2002 | JOANN LOVIGLIO
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ An antiques dealer was sentenced to a year in a halfway house Thursday and ordered to repay $830,000 for staging phony appraisals on the PBS series ``Antiques Roadshow'' and defrauding Civil War collectors. Russell Pritchard III, 39, pleaded guilty to making the bogus TV appraisals. He also admitted defrauding artifact owners by giving them low appraisals on items, then reselling them at much higher prices and pocketing the profit. According to prosecutors, Pritchard made between $800,000 and $1.5 million on the fraudulent transactions. He could have gotten up to 135 years in prison and more than $5.2...