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Antiques Roadshow: Trash To Treasure

Airs Monday, December 27, 2010 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: At "Antiques Roadshow" in Cleveland, Ohio, appraiser Reyne Haines of Reyne Gallery is fascinated by this man's incredible tale of the search and rescue of rare remains from famed art nouveau designer Louis Comfort Tiffany's Laurelton Hall mansion. Nine years after the 1957 fire that left the estate in ruins, the guest - a carpenter working at the site - managed to salvage precious Tiffany relics destined for demolition, including a unique hand-carved wallpaper roller; a signed drawing of Tiffany's dining room; and beautifully designed art nouveau glass tiles. Haines declares this collection of great historic significance and values the collection at $80,000 to $100,000.

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a lady brings in a rare circa 1885 Zuni Indian pot, found by the side of the road in Tucson, Arizona, by her great-aunt. Appraiser John A. Buxton of BAACS carefully examines the unique short-necked shape, uncommonly large size, beautiful classic rain bird design and finally assigns this roadside wonder a value of $15,000 to $25,000.
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Above: In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a lady brings in a rare circa 1885 Zuni Indian pot, found by the side of the road in Tucson, Arizona, by her great-aunt. Appraiser John A. Buxton of BAACS carefully examines the unique short-necked shape, uncommonly large size, beautiful classic rain bird design and finally assigns this roadside wonder a value of $15,000 to $25,000.

As the new year approaches, Antiques Roadshow’s special edition “Trash to Treasure” sets an optimistic tone with more than 20 incredible tales of treasures rescued from rubbish heaps, roadsides, dumpsters and demolition sites.

Highlights include: an autographed script of the Academy Award-winning 1935 John Ford movie "The Informer," unearthed from a pile of discarded books, valued at $4,000 to $5,000; a rare circa 1885 Zuni pot, found by the side of a road in Tucson, valued at $15,000 to $25,000; and precious relics from Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall mansion, destined for demolition until salvaged by a quick-thinking carpenter, valued at $80,000 to $100,000.

Miss last week's show? Catch up on your appraisal watching in the "Roadshow" Archive. Search by city, episode, season, and more!

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Roadshow Appraiser Interview: Trash Or Treasure?

Above: An appraiser on the PBS "Antiques Roadshow," Reyne Haines tells Erica Hill how some old collectibles can bring in some big bucks during this recession.