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Airs Monday, August 11, 2014 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Credit: Courtesy of Jeff Dunn for ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

Above: This impressive haul includes 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.

Frank Sinatra Signed Letter

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

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.

This special edition, “Simply the Best,” showcases objects deemed the finest examples of their kind ever seen on ROADSHOW. Highlights include: a superlative pair of circa 1795, Massachusetts-made Federal side chairs, valued at $30,000 to $50,000; a staggeringly rare 19th-century Rhode Island rifle and powderhorn, valued at $100,000 to $120,000; and the “holy grail” of American women’s suffrage movement posters — a timely reminder that 2010 is the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution — valued at $10,000 to $15,000.

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Special: Simply the Best

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's special edition, "Simply the Best," showcases objects deemed the finest examples of their kind ever seen on the series. Highlights include: a pair of circa 1795, Massachusetts-made Federal side chairs; a rare 19th-century Rhode Island rifle and powderhorn; and the "holy grail" of American women's suffrage movement posters valued at $10,000 to $15,000.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Newcomb College Vase, ca. 1908

In a preview from ROADSHOW's special "Simply the Best," Suzanne Perrault appraises "one of the greatest pieces of Newcomb College" that she has ever seen. Watch the appraisal and find out how much it's worth.

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