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Antiques Roadshow: Grand Rapids, Mich. - Hour One

A guest (left) at "Antiques Roadshow" in Grand Rapids is thrilled to discover the market for this pastoral 1881 oil painting by noted Hudson River School artist Jasper Cropsey has exploded in the last three decades. The owner's brother-in-law purchased the painting for $7,000 in the 1970s; today, appraiser Debra Force values the piece at a stunning $300,000.
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A guest (left) at "Antiques Roadshow" in Grand Rapids is thrilled to discover the market for this pastoral 1881 oil painting by noted Hudson River School artist Jasper Cropsey has exploded in the last three decades. The owner's brother-in-law purchased the painting for $7,000 in the 1970s; today, appraiser Debra Force values the piece at a stunning $300,000.

Airs Monday, September 16, 2013 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

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.

Behind the Scenes in Grand Rapids

View photos from ROADSHOW's visit to Grand Rapids, Michigan, on August 9, 2008.

"Grand Rapids, Mich." (Hour One) - ANTIQUES ROADSHOW drives to the Gilmore Car Museum near Grand Rapids, Michigan, for a look at their collection of more than 1,500 hood ornaments or “mascots.”

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Highlights include a letter from Grand Rapids native son Gerald Ford, written in 1967 to his former kindergarten teacher; a pair of earrings made from cufflinks given to the guest’s grandfather by Czar Nicholas II of Russia; and an 1881 painting by noted Hudson River School artist Jasper Cropsey, valued at $300,000.

This episode originally aired in 2009.

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Field Segment: Gilmore Car Museum

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"ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Eric Silver visit the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners

Behind the Scenes: Antiques Roadshow in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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