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Antiques Roadshow: Relative Riches

Airs Monday, October 10, 2011 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

This rare desk, passed down through generations of the owner's family, contai...

Credit: Courtesy of Jeff Dunn

Above: This rare desk, passed down through generations of the owner's family, contains documents from his ancestors in the 1600s all the way through to his grandparents in the 1960s — a veritable archeological dig. Appraiser Andrew Brunk declares the piece a "treasure chest" with a value of $100,000.

This "Antiques Roadshow" special edition puts family folklore to the test. Did that refinished chair once seat royalty? Did a tall tale get passed down with a tall chest? “Relative Riches” demonstrates the proof is in the provenance.

Highlights include a questionable 1815 Kentucky corner cupboard that might have more value as firewood than furniture; a model 1849 Colt pocket revolver reportedly fired during Abraham Lincoln’s assassination; and a ruby and diamond bracelet that family legend attributes to Marie Antoinette.

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In this episode of "Antiques Roadshow" appraiser Alan Fausel examines a William Norton painting, ca. 1900.

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