SOURCE: WGBH Educational Foundation

WGBH Educational Foundation

December 02, 2013 14:30 ET

Antiques Roadshow Premieres Its 18th Season With a $300,000 Basement Find

"Boise, Hour 1" Premieres Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8/7C PM on PBS

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Dec 2, 2013) - On January 6, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, PBS' most-watched primetime series returns for its 18th season with its signature cross-country treasure hunt and an added bonus -- more episodes than ever before!

For the season premiere, the 11-time Emmy® nominated series and host Mark L. Walberg traveled to Boise for its first ever trip to Idaho. The Gem State did not disappoint with Boise yielding one of the highest-valued finds of the season: an inherited oil painting of an Italian landscape by important Hudson River artist Sanford Robinson Gifford, which was appraised for $300,000. The painting had previously languished in the owner's basement.

Other premiere highlights include a first edition of the Book of Mormon, passed down through the guest's family since 1833 and valued at $75,000 to $100,000; a 1955 Madoura plate, designed by Picasso, that had previously hung above the stove collecting grease, which appraised for $10,000 to $15,000; and a 1974 signed George Nakashima end table, sold by Nakashima to the guest for $200 and now worth an estimated $20,000 to $25,000.

With 35 brand new episodes, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is sharing more history than ever through America's untold stories. Watch ROADSHOW executive producer Marsha Bemko's season 18 highlights here:

EPISODES 2014 PBS AIRDATES (check local listings)
Boise, Idaho January 6, 13, 20
Detroit, Michigan January 27, February 3, 10
Baton Rouge, Louisiana February 17, 24, March 24
Kansas City, Missouri March 31, April 7, 14
Anaheim, California April 21, 28, May 5
Richmond, Virginia May 12, 19, 26
Jacksonville, Florida Fall 2014
Knoxville, Tennessee Fall 2014

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.

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