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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Washington, D.C.- Hour One

Airs Monday, May 11, 2015 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

At the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW event in Washington, D.C., this guest is thrilled to...

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Above: At the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW event in Washington, D.C., this guest is thrilled to learn a tea set she inherited from her mother is an extremely rare turn-of-the-20th-century Gorham silver tea set, part of the very limited, hand-wrought Martelé line. Appraiser Stuart Whitehurst values this shining example of Art Nouveau design at $90,000.

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.

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In Washington, D.C., ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Michael Flanigan visit the Harry S. Truman Building, headquarters of the U.S. State Department and its diplomatic reception rooms, including the Thomas Jefferson State Reception Room, appointed with some of the best Americana of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Highlights include a 1958 signed letter by Martin Luther King Jr.; a circa 1965 Andy Warhol lithograph; and a unique, turn-of-the-20th-century, hand-wrought Gorham silver tea set, valued at $90,000. This episode originally aired in 2011.

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Washington, DC (Hour One) - Preview

A visit to the U.S. State Department headquarters; a 1958 signed letter by Martin Luther King Jr.;a circa 1965 Andy Warhol lithograph; and a hand-wrought Gorham silver tea set

Appraisal: 1958 Martin Luther King Jr. Letter

Watch Christopher Coover's appraisal of a Martin Luther King Jr. letter, from Washington, DC Hour 1.

Appraisal: 1965 Andy Warhol "Flowers" Lithograph

In Washington, DC Hour 1, Todd Weyman analyzes Andy Warhol's 1965 "Flowers" Lithograph; watch the appraisal and find out how much it's worth!

Appraisal: View of Taj Mahal Oil Painting Attributed to Edwin Lord Weeks, ca. 1880

In Washington, DC, Hour 1, Colleen Fesko analyzes an oil painting of the Taj Mahal attributed to Edwin Lord Weeks. Watch the appraisal and find out how much it's worth!

Video Excerpt: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Washington, D.C. - Hour One

Nancy Druckman appraises a folk art oil of African American men "dancing for eels."

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