In this season's premiere of Antiques Roadshow, a gentleman brought in a violin he found that had been set out with the trash. Much to his surprise, the appraisers on the program informed him that the violin was from Cremona, Italy, home to many great violin makers in the 17th century. They estimated the value of his violin to be about $50,000. One man's trash really is another man's treasure!
Hear Managing Director Benjamin Roe discuss the find with Antiques Roadshow executive producer, Marsha Bemko.
At the end of their conversation, violinist Cecilya Arzewski performs the Prelude to the solo Partita No. 3 in E major by Johann Sebastian Bach. Arzewski is the concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and she plays on a 1714 Petrus Gaurneri, another of the many great violin makers from the area of Cremona, Italy.
If this makes you want to run to your attic and grab that old trumpet, don’t get too excited. Most items brought in to Antiques Roadshow are estimated to be worth less than $500, but if you do have an object you think might be worth a lot, take Ms. Bemko’s advice for how to get an accurate appraisal.
"If you are seeking information on the value of one of your antique items, take it to someone who isn't interested in buying it," she said.
You can also take your find to Antiques Roadshow during the 2013 tour:
June 1 - Detroit, MI
June 8 - Jacksonville, FL
June 22 - Anaheim, CA
June 29 - Boise, ID
July 13 - Knoxville, TN
July 27 - Baton Rouge, LA
August 10 - Kansas City, MO
August 17 - Richmond, VA
For more information visit Antiques Roadshow.
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