The Late Movies: Top 10 Antiques Roadshow Valuations

Chris Higgins

The antiques world was rocked (okay, more like gently bumped) when a recent episode of Antiques Roadshow estimated a woman's collection of carved Chinese jade objects at $710,000 to $1.07 million. Either figure would make it the highest-appraised item in Antiques Roadshow history. Unfortunately, when the woman actually sold the items at auction, she only got $494,615. Why the discrepancy? It's complicated -- read about it here if you want the blow-by-blow from real antiques experts. Meanwhile, below I have collected the Top 10 Antiques Roadshow valuations (actually 11 items, as there's a tie for second place), courtesy of YouTube user Ultranothing. The jade still comes in first as I'm counting by valuation, despite its later actual sale value being lower than predicted.

1st Place: Jade Collection

$710,000 to $1.07 million.

Tie for 2nd Place: Clyfford Still Painting

$500,000 "insurance value"; a conservative estimate.

Tie for 2nd Place: Navajo Ute First Phase Blanket

$350,000 - $500,000.

3rd Place: 1790's Card Table

Purchased for $25, valued at $200,000 - $300,000, and apparently sold in 1998 for $541,500.

4th Place: Art Deco Jewelry Collection


5th Place: Patek Philippe Split Chronograph Watch


6th Place: Painting of Ships Possibly by James E. Buttersworth

$200,000 - $500,000 if restored and painter's identity verified. It turned out not to be a Buttersworth, but still sold for $288,000 (it was by Antonio Jacobsen).

7th Place: 6th-9th Century Chinese Marble Sculpture

$120,000 - $180,000 at auction, $150,000 - $250,000 for insurance.

8th Place: 1840's Solid Gold Sword

$200,000 and up.

9th Place: Charles Schulz Cartoon Collection

$150,000 - $200,000 at auction.

10th Place: Jasper Cropsey Painting