"Antiques Roadshow" on PBS is a primetime series that shares history through America's untold stories. The series returns for its new season with its signature cross-country treasure hunt and another million-dollar discovery.

Host Mark L. Walberg welcomes viewers to join the journey through attics and basements, garage sales and dumpsters. The first Season 17 stop is Corpus Christi, Texas, which yielded the highest-value appraisal of the season: a lost Diego Rivera painting, created when the artist was only 18 years old, valued at $800,000 - $1,000,000.

From Corpus Christi, "Roadshow" heads to Boston, Massachusetts; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Cincinnati, Ohio; Rapid City, South Dakota; and Seattle, Washington. The season's three specials include "Junk in the Trunk 3," where viewers will be treated to never-before-seen appraisals from each of the Season 17 cities; "Finders Keepers," which profiles items that were discovered in the most memorable of ways, and "Survivors," featuring treasures that survived natural disasters, fires and more! "Vintage Roadshow" episodes, shows from the "Roadshow" archive featuring updated appraisal information and historical facts, will return for a second season. 

Here is a sample of discoveries from the 2013 season:

• In Boston, one guest brought in a portrait of herself by Norman Rockwell. The guest, who modeled for Rockwell as a child, also shared a collection of memorabilia valued at $130,000 – $140,000.

• In Myrtle Beach, a guest's signed letter from Abraham Lincoln - one of the few written by Lincoln in 1860, as he prepared for the election - is valued at $50,000 – $70,000.

• In Cincinnati, historically known as a baseball town, "Roadshow" discovered a 1963 Mickey Mantle bat appraised for $15,000.

• In Rapid City, furniture took center stage in the Mount Rushmore state when a suite of Thomas Molesworth pieces from the famous "Ranch A" are valued at $150,000 – $210,000.

• In Seattle, the sparkles of jewelry caught "Roadshow's" attention. A diamond and enamel wedding jewel was valued at $50,000 – $60,000 and a 1920s sapphire and diamond brooch weighed in at $30,000.


In summer 2014 special vintage episodes revisit memorable appraisals from past visits and update their values. In Knoxville, Tennessee, and Jacksonville, Florida, the series uncovers hidden treasures in fall 2014. The specials include two new "Junk in the Trunk" episodes, featuring never-before-seen appraisals from each of the season 18 cities; "The Boomer Years," highlighting items from the 1940s, 50s and 60s; and "Manor House Treasures," which looks at objects and antiques befitting the estates in period dramas such as "Downton Abbey" and "Upstairs Downstairs."

"Antiques Roadshow" is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston. Executive producer is Marsha Bemko. The series is sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Subaru. Additional funding is provided by public television viewers.

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Network: PBS
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: January 9, 1997
Seasons: 19
Production Company: WGBH Boston

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