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Antiques Roadshow; Austin, TX

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Antiques Roadshow
Austin, TX
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ROADSHOW is part adventure, part history lesson, part treasure hunt. Specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers from across the nation, travel throughout the United States offering free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW cameras watch as owners recount tales of family heirlooms, yard sale bargains and long-neglected items salvaged from attics and basements, while experts reveal the fascinating truth about these finds. Series hosT 100-400: Chris Jussel; Series hosT 5-600: Dan Elias. Series release date: 1997

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507: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW kicks off its Austin visit with a tour of the Texas State Capitol. With its impressive dome featuring the goddess of liberty perched atop, the Capitol has been a prominent fixture in the city's skyline for more than a century. At the Austin Convention Center, hopeful collectors gather to learn more about their prized possessions, including a striking pair of Chinese headdresses intended to ward off evil spirits; a scrimshaw domino set traced to a whaling vessel that traveled to San Francisco in the19th century; and an extensive collection of rock and roll memorabilia from the 1960s and early 1970s—including a rare poster advertising a 1965 Rolling Stones show—valued at about $15,000.

508: In Austin, Texas, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Dan Elias introduces the show from one of the world's great libraries, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas. The Center's vast collections include millions of manuscripts, photographs and artifacts, from the plays of Tennessee Williams to the storyboards from Gone With the Wind. Back at the Austin Convention Center, ROADHOW appraisers uncover a myriad of rare artifacts including: a collection of African American dolls; a hall stand originally owned by a notorious Austin resident; and a letter written in 1868 from Ulysses S. Grant—accepting the Republican nomination for the presidency—valued at $60,000 to $80,000.

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Antiques and Collectibles
Moreno, Aida (Series Producer)
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