Skip to main content









Donation Heart Ribbon

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Madison, Wisconsin - Hour One

Airs Monday, November 10, 2014 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

At ANTIQUES ROADSHOW in Madison, Wisconsin, this guest brings in a 1976 lette...

Credit: Jeffrey Dunn for Antiques Roadshow

Above: At ANTIQUES ROADSHOW in Madison, Wisconsin, this guest brings in a 1976 letter from legendary crooner Frank Sinatra to Chicago Daily News columnist Mike Royko. An enraged Sinatra is responding to the columnist’s unflattering jibes; in turn, Royko printed Sinatra’s letter, then auctioned it for charity. Appraiser Simeon Lipman delights the letter’s owner with his valuation of $15,000.

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 truths about these finds. Mark L. Walberg hosts.

Behind the Scenes in Madison

View photos from ANTIQUE ROADSHOW'S visit to Madison, Wisconsin.

Slideshow: Frank Sinatra Signed Letter

Read Sinatra’s tough-guy letter to columnist Mike Royko — only online!

"Madison, Wisconsin" (Hour One) - ANTIQUE ROADSHOW'S visit to Madison, Wisconsin, includes a detour with appraiser Wes Cowan to the Wisconsin Dells to discuss the late 19th-century stereoscopic photography of H.H. Bennett that made the Dells famous. Highlights include an heirloom Art Deco charm bracelet with a possible connection to John D. Rockefeller; an heirloom 1938 Martin D-18 guitar, highly coveted by folk and bluegrass musicians; and an angry 1976 letter from Frank Sinatra to Chicago Daily News columnist Mike Royko, auctioned off for charity by Royko and now worth $15,000.

This episode originally aired in 2010.

Miss last week's show? Catch up on your appraisal watching in the ROADSHOW Archive. Search by city, episode, season, and more! ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is on Facebook, Pinterest, and you can follow @RoadshowPBS on Twitter.

Preview: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Madison, Wis. - Hour One

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Yupik Shaman Spirit Mask, ca. 1900

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.