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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Billings, Mont. - Hour 1

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.
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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.

Airs Monday, April 29, 2019 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Part adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is a 13-time Emmy® Award-nominee and PBS' most-watched ongoing series.

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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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