'Antiques Roadshow' rolls out its most eyepopping finds

Since 1996, when PBS's "The Antiques Roadshow" aired for the first time, it has been a hit with viewers eager to learn whose dusty possessions are treasures (and whose are not). During this time, the series has provided 750,000 appraisals. To celebrate the Roadshow's 10th anniversary season, which begins today, Boston's WGBH-TV, which produces the program, compiled a list of the all-time top 10 appraisals. The items (viewable online at with their estimated value:

1. Navajo blanket $350,000-$500,000

2. James E. Buttersworth 19th-century painting $250,000-$500,000

3. Seymour Federal-style card table from the late 1700s $200,000-$300,000

4. Ruby and diamond jewelry $257,000

5. Tang Dynasty statue $120,000-$250,000

6. Patek Philippe gold watch $250,000

7. 1848 presentation sword $200,000

8. Painting by Jasper Cropsey of the Hudson River School $150,000

9. Frontier tomahawk $150,000

10. Two 20th-century paintings by German Oskar Schlemmer $140,000-$160,000

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