Antiques Roadshow "Las Vegas" on WXXI-TV

Antiques Roadshow "Las Vegas" on WXXI-TV

Mon, 07/26/2010 - 8:00pm

Appraiser Adam Patrick, of A La Vieille Russie, agrees the news could wring tears of joy from anyone when he assigns this stunning piece a value of $165,000 to $175,000.

Credit: ©Jeff Dunn for WGBH

Antiques Roadshow kicks off the Las Vegas series with an Asscher-cut diamond ring.

At a Las Vegas, Nevada, magic theater, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Nicholas Lowery reveal that the artistry — and value — of vintage magic posters is no illusion. Appraisers at the Las Vegas Convention Center don’t need sleight-of-hand techniques to pull amazing discoveries out of the crowd, including drawings by the legendary folk musician Woody Guthrie, given to the owner’s journalist father after an interview with Guthrie; an heirloom early-19th-century tavern clock made by Aaron Willard of the renowned Boston clock manufacturing family; and a fabulous five-carat, Asscher-cut diamond ring, inherited from the owner’s grandfather, owner of a jewelry store/pawn shop in a Colorado mining town. The tearful owner realizes she’s hit pay dirt when the ring is valued at $165,000 to $175,000.

Antiques Roadshow airs Mondays at 8 p.m., Thursdays at 9 p.m. and Saturdays at 6 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011).

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.