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Antiques Roadshow: Raleigh, NC - Hour One

Airs Monday, May 28, 2012 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: This guest makes "Roadshow" history at the event Raleigh, North Carolina, with the highest-value appraisal ever captured in the series' 13-year history. Her collection of four Chinese carved jade objects from the Quianlong Period (1736-1795) was inherited from her father, who bought the objects inexpensively in China in the 1930s and 1940s. Asian arts appraiser James Callahan noted the outstanding quality of the pieces and was rewarded by finding a symbol on the bottom of the large jade bowl that translates as "by imperial order." Callahan estimates the value of the collection as high as $1,070,000.

In Raleigh, North Carolina, amid a forest of giant "comic weathervanes," appraiser Ken Farmer talks with host Mark L. Walberg about smaller examples of vintage whirligigs.

Behind the Scenes in Raleigh, North Carolina

View photos from "Roadshow's" visit to Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday, June 27, 2009.

Highlights include a 1920 Arts & Crafts desk and lamp — both of which light up; a rare circa 1960 Gibson Double 12 Electric Guitar; and a set of four Chinese Quianlong Period (1736-1795) carved jade objects whose auction estimate of $710,000 to $1,070,000 makes it the highest-value appraisal in "Roadshow" history.

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Antiques Roadshow: 18th-Century Qianlong Jade Collection

Above: This 18th-Century Qianlong Jade Collection from the 18th century Qing Dynasty was acquired between the late 1930's and through the 1940s, by her father while he was serving in the military as a liaison. The guest recalls that as a child, she "heard that some of them had imperial seals," and was curious to learn more. What a surprise it was, to learn that they were the most valuable items to ever be shown on the North American syndication of "Antiques Roadshow."


Antiques Roadshow: Gibson Double 12 Electric Guitar, ca. 1960

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Above: In a preview from "Antiques Roadshow: Raleigh, Hour One," Frederick Oster appraises a unique two-neck Gibson guitar that belonged to the owner's mother — an early blue-grass musician named Dixie Lee.

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