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Antiques Roadshow's unpredictable Knoxville finds

We heard some early results from the July 13 Antiques Roadshow event in the Knoxville Convention Center. Despite rumors of a six-digit find--$100,000- or more seems to be the equivalent of a jackpot on the low-key reality show--Knoxville's totals are relatively modest.

And of the ones that AR is revealing now as most notable, none have anything obvious to do with Knoxville-area history or artisans. (The event's not limited to locals; one of the guests was a sports editor from Philadelphia.) Like most shows, what shows up is pretty random, which is part of what makes Antiques Roadshow so damnably interesting.

The show will air on PBS sometime in 2014, reportedly in three separate episodes.

Following are the top appraisals, at least in terms of monetary value, by way of AR representative Hannah Auerbach:

Pair of Jacob Maentel folk art paintings, appraised by Ken Farmer-$60,000-80,000 at auction.
The guest's husband had owned these paintings when they married 40 years ago. This matched pair of paper and watercolor paintings where made around 1830 to 1840 in Pennsylvania, and are a great example of Maentel's distinctive style. Auction value is for both paintings.

Sapphire and diamond ring, appraised by Virginia Salem-$40,000-60,000 at auction.
This platinum, sapphire, and diamond ring was bought ten years ago for $15,000 at an estate sale, as an anniversary gift for the guest. It was made by Cartier in the 1950-1970s, and includes diamonds and a Ceylon sapphire  from Sri Lanka.

Buddha Statue, appraised by James Callahan-$40,000-60,000 at auction.
Guest inherited from grandmother, his grandfather was an ambassador. The statue was made in the Ming Period, from 1368-1644 and is of unusual large size.

Other notable appraisals:

Copy of Gone with the Wind, appraised by Francis Wahlgren-$5-10 retail value.
Guest paid $2,000 for the book at a 1974 estate sale of a woman named Rosie. It was signed Dec 15th, 1939--which was the date of the movie premiere in Atlanta--by Margaret Mitchell to her roommate and friend, Rosie. However, it is actually a third edition of the book, and that is not Mitchell's original signature.

Amelia Earhart letters, appraised by Catherine Williamson-$12,000-18,000 at auction.
Guest inherited these letters from her aunt, who was friends with Amelia and the maid of honor at her wedding. The Aunt discouraged Amelia from going on her last flight, since she was not a very good pilot. However, the letters, which include correspondence from when she served as aviation editor for Cosmopolitan Magazine, prove that Amelia was great at promoting herself.

Muhammed Ali autographed boxing shoes, appraised by Mike Gutierrez-$15,000-20,000 at auction. Guest was sports editor for Philadelphia Inquirer.  He was gifted the shoes and thought they'd came from the 1975 Thriller in Manilla fight.  That actual set has been documented and sold.  This is a pair of training shoes; had they been from the big fight they would have been worth as much as $100,000.


The closest local connection to any of the above is the fact that Amelia Earhart spent the night at the Andrew Johnson Hotel on Gay Street in 1936, the year before her disappearance. The televised show, of course, will have a lot more than that.

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