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N.C. woman's jade gets record 'Roadshow' appraisal

Posted June 28, 2009

— The popular PBS series "Antiques Roadshow" set an appraisal record in Raleigh, when a collection of Chinese jade was valued at possibly more than $1 million.

Show publicist Erika Denn says the four pieces of jade – a bowl, a vase with ruby details, an animal figure and an Imperial bowl – from the Chien Lung period (1736-1795) was valued at $710,000 to $1.07 million. That breaks the previous record of $500,000 set last year in Palm Springs, Calif., for a 1937 painting by abstract expressionist Clyfford Still.

An unidentified woman from eastern North Carolina owns the jade, which she brought to the show early Saturday.

The show also drew 34,000 requests for tickets, besting the previous record of 29,000 tickets for a show in San Jose, Calif. Denn says 6,400 tickets were distributed in Raleigh.

"I watch the show all the time," Mary, of Rutherford, said. "To get tickets was like a dream come true."

Mary brought a Victorian tea caddy to the show to get appraised. "It was a wonderful experience," she said.

The show, filmed at the Raleigh Convention Center, will air on PBS sometime next year.


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  • whatusay Jun 29, 2009

    Does anyone know anyone who would pay her that much??? Will she have to pay taxes on the appraised value, or the sale value?

  • GWALLY Jun 29, 2009

    I wonder if she brought them in a 'foodlyon suitcase???? Bet they didn't go home that way!!!!

  • iron fist Jun 29, 2009

    I hope she has an armed escort when she left the building.

  • raider Jun 29, 2009

    I hope she got an armed escort to take her from the building!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jun 29, 2009

    If I had artifacts of that value, I don't believe I would travel with it. Too much chance of it being damaged. And I wonder if they were looking at it above a concrete floor?

  • Journey985 Jun 29, 2009

    Wonder how much she paid for the pieces?

  • ncmickey Jun 29, 2009

    Wonder if she knew how much it was worth?

  • working for deadbeats Jun 29, 2009

    That's awesome. I don't think I'd keep it at my house anymore now though.