November 12, 2012 14:00 ET

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Announces Season 17

PBS Series Premieres in 2013 With Another Million-Dollar Discovery Monday, January 7, 2013 at 8/7C PM on PBS

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Nov 12, 2012) -  On January 7, 2013 ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, PBS's most-watched primetime series, returns for Season 17 with its signature cross-country treasure hunt and another million-dollar discovery.

With 21 brand new episodes and six newly-restored episodes of "Vintage Roadshow," ROADSHOW shares history through America's untold stories. Host Mark L. Walberg welcomes viewers to join the journey through attics and basements, garage sales and dumpsters, starting Monday, January 7 at 8/7C on PBS. ROADSHOW's Season 17 episodes will be followed at 9/8C by MARKET WARRIORS, the newest adventure for treasure seekers, making Monday nights on PBS a destination spot for all things antiques.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's first Season 17 stop is Corpus Christi, Texas, which yielded the highest-value appraisal of the season: a lost Diego Rivera painting, created when the artist was only 18 years old, valued at $800,000 - $1,000,000.

From Corpus Christi, ROADSHOW heads to Boston, Massachusetts; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Cincinnati, Ohio; Rapid City, South Dakota; and Seattle, Washington. The season's three specials include "Junk in the Trunk 3," where viewers will be treated to never-before-seen appraisals from each of the Season 17 cities; "Finders Keepers," which profiles items that were discovered in the most memorable of ways, and "Survivors," featuring treasures that survived natural disasters, fires and more! "Vintage Roadshow" episodes, shows from the ROADSHOW archive featuring updated appraisal information and historical facts, will return for a second season. 

Corpus Christi, Texas January 7, 14, 21
Boston, Massachusetts January 28, February 4, 11
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina February 18, 25, March 25
Cincinnati, Ohio April 1, 8, 15
Rapid City, South Dakota April 22, 29, May 6
Seattle, Washington May 13, 20, 27
Special Edition: "Junk in the Trunk 3" TBA
Special Edition: "Finders Keepers" TBA
Special Edition: "Survivors" TBA
Six episodes of "Vintage Roadshow" TBA

Here is a sample of discoveries from ROADSHOW's 2013 season:

  • In Boston, one guest brought in a portrait of herself by Norman Rockwell. The guest, who modeled for Rockwell as a child, also shared a collection of memorabilia valued at $130,000 - $140,000.
  • In Myrtle Beach, a guest's signed letter from Abraham Lincoln -- one of the few written by Lincoln in 1860, as he prepared for the election -- is valued at $50,000 - $70,000.
  • In Cincinnati, historically known as a baseball town, ROADSHOW discovered a 1963 Mickey Mantle bat appraised for $15,000.
  • In Rapid City, furniture took center stage in the Mount Rushmore state when a suite of Thomas Molesworth pieces from the famous "Ranch A" are valued at $150,000 - $210,000.
  • In Seattle, the sparkles of jewelry caught ROADSHOW's attention. A diamond and enamel wedding jewel was valued at $50,000 - $60,000 and a 1920s sapphire and diamond brooch weighed in at $30,000.

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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Subaru. Additional funding is provided by public television viewers. The 2013 season marks Liberty Mutual Insurance's ninth and Subaru's seventh year as ROADSHOW national sponsors. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is grateful for their ongoing support.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston. Executive producer is Marsha Bemko.

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

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is part of the PBS Winter/Spring 2013 season, which is anchored by the return of MASTERPIECE "Downton Abbey, Season 3," the high-profile miniseries THE ABOLITIONISTS: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and MAKERS: WOMEN WHO MAKE AMERICA, as well as Ken Burns's THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE and the two-part special CONSTITUTION USA with Peter Sagal. The season also marks the return of distinctive drama on Sundays; the best of antiques and collectibles on Monday nights alongside independent films such as INDEPENDENT LENS' profile of Chinese artist and activist Ai Wei Wei and the AMERICAN MASTERS' biography of Mel Brooks; history and public affairs programs on Tuesdays; new "Exploration Wednesday" science and nature programs; and PBS' ongoing commitment to arts programming on Fridays including a star-studded new series on Shakespeare's greatest works.

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