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Antiques Roadshow: Honolulu, Hawaii - Hour Three

Airs Monday, September 20, 2010 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: In the third and final hour of "Antiques Roadshow" from Honolulu, Hawaii, appraiser David Bonsey of Skinner plucks the owner of this antique violin out of the crowd. The violin and bow were passed down to the owner by her great-aunt - a professional violinist who purchased the instrument in 1921. According to accompanying documentation, the violin is a rare Camilli, made in 1737 in Mantua, Italy. Upon further inspection, however, Bonsey reveals that it's a fine forgery. Despite this sour note, the violin and bow as a pair could still make beautiful music together with an auction estimate of at $12,000 - $16,000.

First-edition copy of "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London and letter, 1903, appraised by Stephen Massey at "Antiques Roadshow" in Hawaii.
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Above: First-edition copy of "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London and letter, 1903, appraised by Stephen Massey at "Antiques Roadshow" in Hawaii.

Before "Antiques Roadshow" can pack up its trunk and wave aloha to Honolulu, Hawaii, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Anthony Slayter-Ralph pay a visit to Shangri La, home of the late heiress Doris Duke and one of Hawaii's most architecturally significant homes.

At the Hawaii Convention Center, guests hope for fame and fortune, too, with a wide assortment of objects to be appraised, including a first edition copy of Jack London's "Call of the Wild;" a 1915 Hawaiian flag quilt, bearing the coat of arms of King Kamehameha; and a violin and bow purchased for the owner's aunt in 1921 and kept in storage for the last 40 years. Although it's accompanied by a bill of sale claiming the instrument is a valuable Camilli from 1737, the violin actually is a fine forgery — so fine that the pair still is valued at $12,000- $15,000 at auction. All of the appraisals from this episode are available for online viewing.

Miss last week's show? Catch up on your appraisal watching in the "Roadshow" Archive. Search by city, episode, season, and more! Appraise It Yourself: Test your knowledge of classic baseball memorabilia — "Roadshow's" appraisal video game lets you be the expert!