$125,000 Surprise Find Highlights Winterthur Kickoff of PBS Hit Antiques Roadshow’s 2020 Season

Collectors at Winterthur pose for a keepsake as PBS’ Antiques Roadshow makes its first visit Delaware.

When the Antiques Roadshow juggernaut made its way through Delaware this past June, it was a long time coming.

After all, the long-running hit PBS TV program had finally arrived for the first time at the Mecca of American antiquities: the beautiful Winterthur estate in Greenville, featuring one of the world’s most extensive and best collections of our country’s decorative art and furniture.

Now, the 17-time Emmy Award-nominated series is set to kick off its 2020 season premiere from Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, “the gem” of their on-site filming this year.

Beginning on January 6th, the first three episodes will feature scenes from inside the museum as well as several on the grounds of the estate and will include several Delaware collectors who jumped at the chance to have their items appraised by well-known antique experts. You can see a few behind the scenes pictures taken by PBS/WHYY on their June 18th visit here.


The show’s producers are teasing some surprising finds discovered here this summer.

That includes “a heartwarming appraisal of a 1923 Frank Schoonover oil painting that the owner’s mother bought for his father by secretly saving $5 of their food money every week for two years,” a “$125,000 family treasure,” first editions of Stephen King novels, a Louis Comfort Tiffany oil, 1820 JJ Audubon portraits and a Ming Dynasty Xiwangmu figure. Valuations for some of these rarities range from $80,000 to $150,000… the tantalizing question is … which ones?

One collector showed one auction expert a large screen print from the first Campbell Soup series created Andy Warhol in 1968. The piece, originally purchased for $1,500, is signed in ballpoint pen and ink by the artist and is in excellent condition.  “Yours is in great shape. On a scale of one to 10,… you’re at about an eight and a half, maybe nine,” says Todd Weyman of Swan Auction Galleries in New York.

Swan wraps up his segment with the collector by offering this: “In this condition, great shape, I would put a replacement value of $50,000.”

Another intriguing question worth tuning in for is whether any of these heirlooms or garage-sale finds are owned by someone you know. This is Delaware after all, and there’s a good chance you may recognize your neighbor or cousin sitting down with the Antiques Roadshow appraisers.

Last year Antiques Roadshow show introduced new venues – other than convention centers – to its lineup, and Winterthur was tops on their list. Bottom left and right photos: Meredith Nierman

You’ll have to tune in to PBS on Monday, January 6 at 8 pm to find out. That’s when the first of three Antiques Roadshow episodes filmed at Winterthur will air.  The others will air on subsequent Monday nights, January 13 and 20th.

Winterthur was one of five locations where the 2020 Antiques Roadshow season was taped.

Related: Granny’s Tea Set Saved from the Titanic? You Still Can Get it Appraised by Antiques Roadshow

You can watch a sneak preview appraisal from the 2020 season premiere, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Hour 1 now.

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Christy Fleming

Christy Fleming

The managing editor of TownSquareDelaware.com, Christy Fleming also supports a variety of non-profit initiatives in Delaware. Her background includes positions in public relations, advertising and journalism.