Chef, cookbook author and TV presenter Carla Hall has always wondered which antique wooden bar stool her family always cherished.
What is its history? What is its value?
She finally got answers when PBS’s Antiques Roadshow visited her home in Washington, DC. It turns out the highchair is not hand carved and dates back to between 1880-1920. It’s only worth about $ 100.
However, Hall still adored her. She and her husband are remodeling their home in a more modern style, but the highchair remains.
“This will remain front and center somewhere in our modern house,” she said after visiting the TV. “I don’t sell anything.”
Hall was one of several celebrity guests in four new special episodes of “Antiques Roadshow” filmed during the pandemic.
The producers overturned the script. Instead of people – and their potential treasures – coming to meet the appraisers in a large hall, the appraisers went to the people. And this time, people were famous.
“I think it’s very human. They share this very vulnerable moment.” “They’re just like any other guest on” Roadshow “, says Marsha Bimko, executive producer of” Antique Roadshow “.
The celebrity debut aired on May 3 and featured comedian Jay Leno, actor S Ibatha Mercerson, author Jason Reynolds, Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan and pro golfer Dotty Bieber. Celebrities have appeared in “Antique Roadshow” before, but this is the first time they have been featured in a full episode.
Kerrigan received a pair of her Olympic medals rated as well as several competitive costumes, including the Vera Wang wedding dress she wore to the 1992 Olympics. Flame from the 1996 Summer Olympics bought her for $ 300 as part of a relay that is now worth $ 7,000.
Reynolds wanted to know the value of Langston Hughes’ speech, an advanced reader copy of Claude Brown’s “Manchild in the Promised Land” and a signed copy of Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Merkerson has a set of black memorabilia, and Pepper has a golf cup and heirloom table.
Leno needs more help from the team. He and his wife were instantly impressed with the 16,000-square-foot property in Newport, Rhode Island, and bought it pretty much on the spot, with all the furnishings. But he has no idea what he has, from paintings to sculptures.
“He knocked on the door and bought everything – including ketchup – and he doesn’t know what’s in it. So it was a real opportunity for us to help him,” says Pimko.
Future episodes – which will air on May 10, May 17 and May 24 – include the likes of comedian John Hodgman, actor Ronnie Ching, cartoonist Mo Williams, journalist Soledad O’Brien, fashion designer Christian Siriano and TV personality Carson Chrisley.
“This is true of all the people we visited on this show and all the others: they are human beings like you and me,” says Bimco. “They are really curious about what they own and want to know, and it’s not just about the money. It’s just not about value.”
Celebrity rings were a smart answer to the pandemic and an opportunity to turn things around during the 25th anniversary of “Antique Roadshow”.
Initially, with no aviation available, the celebrities selected for the show were just a short drive from the show’s Boston headquarters at WGBH. Everyone had to drive in separate cars, and stay masked until the cameras were rotated and the Covid-19 tested regularly. Some celebrities felt more comfortable displaying their belongings in their garden. Others allowed inside appraisers.
For Hall, a fan of the show, it was a chance to get answers to items her family had always kept in them, including an antique table, old Seltzer bottles and elegant handbags that her grandmother collected.
Hall also learned something. Her highchair turns into a stroller, something neither she nor her mother knew until the appraiser pointed it out. “It was just too wild,” she recalls. “I never knew she did. That was the biggest shock.”
She says she found the experience of visiting Antique Roadshow enjoyable and enjoyable: “I wanted to know the story before they got to me, but I didn’t care about its value because it meant so much to me,” she says. .
Celebrity releases are as saturated with goodwill and kind education as the original show. Or, as Pimco puts it, “We are ultimately studying history with material culture.”
“That’s the beauty of what the Campaign does: You’re actually learning history, but not in a way that you even noticed,” she adds.
While celebrity rings were born out of necessity, Bimco hopes the concept will continue. “I think we found something else here that is special. I want a way to see it go beyond these four shows,” she says. “I think we can do both. I want to do both.”