Antiques Roadshow Baton Rouge premieres Monday, Feb. 17

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Almost 5,000 people were in attendance when Antiques Roadshow came to Baton Rouge on July 27. Find out who made it to the big show when the first of three episodes of Antiques Roadshow Baton Rouge premieres Monday, February 17 at 7PM on LPB. The second episode premieres February 24 and the third will air March 24.

In Baton Rouge, Hour 1, host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Leigh Keno at Magnolia Mound Plantation to learn about Campeche chairs. Highlights include a French Art Deco diamond and platinum ring, ca. 1930, purchased at auction for $30 as cubic zirconia and now valued at $25,000 to $35,000; a copy of the book The History of Magic, with an inscription from the owner’s old college roommate — Jim Morrison of The Doors; and four Rembrandt and James McNeill Whistler etchings that were collected by the guest’s father from around 1940 to 1960 and are appraised for $100,000.

“Roadshow had high expectations for our first visit to Baton Rouge and it did not disappoint,” said Marsha Bemko, Antiques Roadshow’s Executive Producer. “During the appraisal event, we took a peek into the college life of a rock and roll icon and had a quintessential Roadshow jackpot moment when a guest's fake turned out to be the real deal. We look forward to sharing Baton Rouge's rich local culture and distinct stories with a national audience.”

In Baton Rouge, Hour 2, which premieres on February 24 at 7PM, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Kathleen Harwood head to the LSU Museum of Art to delve into the work of local Louisiana artist Clementine Hunter. Highlights include a Louisiana political poster, found in a pile of garbage on the side of the road, appraised for $3,000 to $4,000; three paintings by New Orleans artists and Newcomb pottery founders William and Ellsworth Woodward, worth about $30,000 to $50,000; and a NASA photograph collection brought to ROADSHOW by a former NASA employee who served as one of the test directors for the Zero-G airplane also known as “The Vomit Comet,” valued at $35,000 to $45,000 for the entire collection.

In Baton Rouge, Hour 3, which premieres on March 24 at 7PM, Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Christopher Mitchell head to Port Hudson to discuss a rare Civil War hand grenade. Highlights include: an early 19th-century Louisiana work table that was stored in a barn for several decades; a collection of insightful Civil War confederate letters that were found in the wall of a torn down Mississippi house; and a Porfirio Salinas oil, ca. 1935, in its original frame, that was bought by the owner’s grandmother for $100 in 1935 and is now valued at $45,000.

For more information, contact Bob Neese at 1-800-272-8161, ext. 4274 or bneese@lpb.org.

About LPB

Now in its 38th year, Louisiana Public Broadcasting is the public television network for the state of Louisiana with stations in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe and Shreveport. LPB is also affiliated with WLAE-TV in New Orleans. LPB is known for telling Louisiana’s story through award-winning documentaries such as Sunshine by the Stars: Celebrating Louisiana Music and the current six-part series Alive! In America’s Delta. Educational outreach is also a major part of LPB’s mission with programs to help preschoolers develop the literacy skills they need to learn to read and providing thousands of hours of educational video and video clips to help teachers with their lesson plans.

About ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

Part adventure, part history lesson, part treasure hunt, 11-time Emmy® Award nominated Antiques Roadshow is about to begin its 18th broadcast season and is the top-rated ongoing primetime PBS series. The series is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston. The series is produced for PBS under license from the BBC by WGBH. The Executive Producer is Marsha Bemko. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Subaru. Additional funding is provided by public television viewers.

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