Antiques Roadshow "Jackpot" on WXXI-TV

Mon, 09/06/2010 - 8:00pm

This piece of salt glaze stoneware by Susan Frackleton was bought at a garage sale for less than five dollars. The unique vase shows its true colors when appraiser David Rago reveals its auction value of $13,000 to $17,000.

Credit: Courtesy of ©Jeffrey Dunn for WGBH

It's every collector's dream: turning a modest outlay into a staggeringly high return on investment.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW "Jackpot" airing Monday, September 6 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011) rolls the dice on those heady moments when luck smiles on flea market mavens and yard sale savants.

This special recalls such spectacular windfalls as a landscape painting acquired for $1.50 at a Salvation Army "half price" sale and valued at $10,000 to $15,000; an art pottery vase, grabbed at a garage sale for less than five dollars and estimated to be worth $13,000 to $17,000; a 19th-century album of watercolor paintings, scooped up at a yard sale for a quarter, with an estimated value of $20,000 to $30,000; and a 1951 Minneapolis Millers baseball uniform worn by Willie Mays, scored at a sports collectibles show for $50 and valued at $60,000 to $80,000.

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.

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