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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Billings, Mont. - Hour One

Airs Monday, April 11, 2011 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

This striking late-19th century Arthur Brown watercolor with a mysterious pas...

Credit: Courtesy of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

Above: This striking late-19th century Arthur Brown watercolor with a mysterious past, was brought to ANTIQUES ROADSHOW in Billings, Montana. The guest had no idea the painting she’d bought in Paris was one of 20 Brown watercolors from a collection depicting Yellowstone National Park — a collection that has been missing since the end of the 19th century. Brown may have sold the paintings in 1885 to the Northern Pacific Railroad. However, there is no official record of purchase and the whereabouts of the other paintings remain a mystery. This rediscovered masterwork of Western art is valued at $75,000 to $125,000.

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.

Behind the Scenes in Billings

View photos from ROADSHOW'S visit to Billings, Montana on Saturday, June 26, 2010.

"Billings, Mont." (Hour One) - ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Christopher Mitchell meet at Little Big Horn National Monument to discuss the weapons used in the infamous battle between American Indian warriors and Lt. Col. George Custer’s Seventh Cavalry Regiment.

Highlights include a 19th-century Chinese jade brush washer; a 1752 English silver coursing trophy; and a long-lost 19th-century Arthur Brown watercolor scene of Yellowstone National Park, valued at $75,000 to $125,000.

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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Grenfell Missionary Rug, ca. 1915

Ken Farmer appraises a Grenfell missionary rug, ca. 1915, from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Billings, Mont. - (Hour One).

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