Grab grandfather’s clock and grandmother’s hutch, and then keep your fingers crossed for tickets. The popular public television program “Antiques Roadshow” is coming to Newport for the first time on Tuesday, Sept. 19.
It will be the sixth and final city the appraisal show will visit this year. In a nod to Newport’s Guilded Age, the show will take place outside on the grounds of Rosecliff.
“They are renting the property just like any other private event,” said Andrea Carneiro, communications manager for the Newport Preservation Society. Approximately 3,000 guests are expected to attend, but only about 600 tickets remain. Tickets will be distributed online via a lottery. Admission is free, but tickets are required and must be obtained in advance. Each ticketed guest may bring two objects to appraise.
Deadline for tickets is July 31.
WGBH-TV in Boston and Rhode Island PBS will host the all-day event, which will air in 2018.
The long-running show, which travels nationally, has revealed incredible private collections amassed by ordinary people. It stunned one owner with the news that the candy dish in the living room came from the Ming dynasty in China and was worth $1 million. It is just one of the many remarkable revelations over 15 years on a show that has been nominated for 11 Emmy awards.
Ironically, the British version of the show is also slated for a stop in Newport this year. That is, in Newport, Wales, on June 22.
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