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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Finders Keepers

Airs Monday, November 24, 2014 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: James Baggett (right) appraises an 1899 C. F. Martin guitar that was stumbled upon in a vacant commercial real estate space and is now valued at $4,000 to $5,000 in the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW special "Finders Keepers."

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.

Courtesy of Jeff Dunn, (c) WGBH 2013

David Weiss (left) appraises a William Aiken Walker oil painting, found within a pile of trash, for $7,000 to $10,000 in the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW special "Finders Keepers."

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"Finders Keepers" - Tucked behind a fireplace, buried in a cotton field, mistaken for insulation in the ceiling of a basement … some treasures show up where you least expect to find them. In this new special, ROADSHOW shines a spotlight on items whose discovery was a happy accident.

Examples include a formerly buried Weller Coppertone vase that the guest almost tripped over, valued at $2,500 to $3,000, and a collection of Cole Porter and Monty Woolley letters, appraised for $50,000 to $70,000, that were saved from the dumpster in true trash-to-treasure fashion.

Miss last week's show? Catch up on your appraisal watching in the ROADSHOW Archive. Search by city, episode, season, and more! ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is on Facebook, and you can follow @RoadshowPBS on Twitter.

Appraisal: Cole Porter & Monty Woolley Letters

In Pittsburgh, Hour 1, Kathleen Guzman appraises an intimate collection of letters written between composer Cole Porter and his longtime friend, actor Monty Woolley.

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Appraisal: Weller Coppertone Vase, ca. 1925

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