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Antiques Roadshow: Salt Lake City, Utah - Part One

Airs Monday, September 26, 2011 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

This woman's reaction is no act when appraiser Thomas Lecky of Christie's rev...

Credit: Jeff Dunn for WGBH

Above: This woman's reaction is no act when appraiser Thomas Lecky of Christie's reveals the value of her family's collection at "Antiques Roadshow" in Salt Lake City, Utah. The meticulously maintained archive features the photos, letters, scripts, playbills and diary of the owner's great-grandfather, Philip Margetts, the first prominent Mormon actor and the most famous thespian in the Utah territory from the 1850s to 1905. Rich and detailed, the collection's connection to the Church of Latter-day Saints boosts its significance, and Lecky declares its market value at $100,000 - $150,000.

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.

Slideshow: The First Mormon Actor

View a collection of family pictures and documents related to Philip Margetts, a theatrical figure in 19th-century Salt Lake City.

In Salt Lake City, Utah, host Mark Walberg takes the plunge down Olympic Park's bobsled run to get in the zone for a look at Olympics collectibles with appraiser Philip Weiss.

At the Salt Palace Convention Center, "Roadshow" experts favorably judge such outstanding finds as a 1920s to 1930s-era folk art quilt depicting scenes from Mormon history; a valuable Utah landscape painting by 20th-century Swedish-American artist Birger Sandzen; and a mid-19th-century archive of materials documenting the career of Philip Margetts, considered the first prominent Mormon actor, brought in by his great-granddaughter and valued at $100,000 to $150,000.

Chris Mitchell appraises a pair of homespun socks from the Civil War that display American and Confederate flags and are worth $1,500 to $2,000. Watch that appraisal plus more appraisals from Salt Lake City online now.

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

Antiques Roadshow: 1957 Fender Stratocaster and Amp

Watch the full episode. See more Antiques Roadshow.

In a preview form "Antiques Roadshow: Salt Lake City, Hour One," Frederick Oster gets amped up about another find — a rare 1957 Fender Stratocaster.

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