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Posted Jun 16, 2014

Antiques Roadshow in Birmingham

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PBS’s Antiques Roadshow, the 11-time Emmy® nominated production of WGBH Boston, visits Birmingham, Alabama as part of an eight-city summer tour. The all-day appraisal event will be held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex on Saturday, June 21 from 8am-5pm.  

At the appraisal event, 5,000 to 6,000 ticketed guests will receive free valuations of their antiques and collectibles from specialists from the country’s leading auction houses and independent dealers. Each guest is invited to bring two items for appraisal. Admission to Antiques Roadshow events is free, but tickets are required and must be obtained in advance. Ticket applications closed on Monday, April 7.

As part of the visit, Antiques Roadshow will also tape segments around the Birmingham community, highlighting local history and places of interest. For these segments, Roadshow will be visiting the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute to discuss the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century and materials related to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the historic site of Sloss Furnaces to learn about iron antiques and the history of the iron and steel industry in Birmingham, and the Birmingham Museum of Art to look at African wood carvings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

From Roadshow’s visit to Birmingham, three episodes of television will be created for inclusion in Season 19, airing in 2015. Antiques Roadshow airs locally Monday nights at 7:00pm on Alabama Public Television.

"We are thrilled to visit Birmingham for the first time in 15 years,” said Antiques Roadshow executive producer Marsha Bemko. “Our guests will bring about 10,000 to 12,000 items to our appraisal event, so we're sure to uncover some stand out treasures from the local region and beyond. We are also excited to tape the field trips, which highlight the unique history and culture that Birmingham offers.”

In addition to Birmingham, the Roadshow 2014 summer tour cities are: Bismarck, North Dakota on May 31; Santa Clara, California on June 7; Austin, Texas on June 28; Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 19; Chicago, Illinois on July 26; New York, New York on August 7; and Charleston, West Virginia on August 16.

A limited number of ticket recipients were selected at random from all eligible entries. Ticket holders are invited to bring two items for a free verbal approximation of value by experts from the world’s leading auction houses, independent appraisers, auctioneers and dealers.

For more information about Roadshow’s visit to Birmingham visit:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/cities/birmingham_event.html

 

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