On a sweltering Saturday in Boise in June, Antiques Roadshow made its first-ever trip to Idaho. Part of roadshow’s eight-city summer of 2013 production tour, it was a festive, memorable event with about 5,500 ticketed guests gathering at Expo Idaho’s indoor facilities to escape the heat and receive free valuations of their antiques and collectibles by specialists from the country’s leading auction houses and independent dealers.
Now, more than six months later, a national television audience will have the opportunity to watch segments of Antiques Roadshow’s visit to the Gem State, which include highlights of area history and places of interest such as Boise’s Egyptian Theatre, the Old Idaho State Penitentiary and the Boise Art Museum.
PBS’s highest-rated ongoing prime-time series selected Idaho for the premiere of its 18th season, which airs Monday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. From video gathered during roadshow’s Expo Idaho stop, the series will produce two more Idaho episodes, which air Jan. 13 and 20 at 7 p.m. on Idaho Public Television.
The Gem State did not disappoint, with Boise yielding one of the highest-valued finds of the season: an inherited oil painting of an Italian landscape by Hudson River artist Sanford Robinson Gifford, which was appraised for $300,000. The painting had previously languished in the owner’s basement.
Other premiere highlights include a first edition of the Book of Mormon, passed down through the guest’s family since 1833 and valued at $75,000 to $100,000; a 1955 Madoura plate, designed by Picasso, that had previously hung above the stove collecting grease, which appraised for $10,000 to $15,000; and a 1974 signed George Nakashima end table, sold by Nakashima to the guest for $200 and now worth an estimated $20,000 to $25,000.
“We were thrilled that Antiques Roadshow chose to come to Idaho this year,” IPTV General Manager Ron Pisaneschi said. “Whether participants were pleased or disappointed with the value of their items, they let us know what a great experience they had being a part of the event. I want to thank all of our volunteers and the attendees for making it such a success this summer. That success has translated into being chosen as the kick-off programs for the 18th season. Way to go, Idaho.”
After its season premiere from Idaho, host Mark L. Walberg and the Antiques Roadshow crew continue their cross-country treasure hunt with the broadcast of 32 more episodes.