Your 'Antiques Roadshow' fantasy - those old cups = $1 million
Chinese cups presented in Oklahoma at an "Antiques Roadshow" taping are worth more than $1 million.
July 24th, 2011
01:39 PM ET

Your 'Antiques Roadshow' fantasy - those old cups = $1 million

On Sunday, appraisers from the PBS hit show "Antiques Roadshow" recorded the highest-value collection ever appraised in the show's 15-year history.

The big ticket item: five Chinese carved rhinoceros-horn cups dating to the late 17th or early 18th century, which are worth between $1 and $1.5 million. An Oklahoma resident bought the cups inexpensively in the 1970s, according to a press release from the show's producers. The reason the value of the cups is so high is due to China's growing demand for Chinese antiquities.

The episode will air as part of "Antiques Roadshow's" 16th season in 2012. The name of the lucky owner of the cups was not released.

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  1. Cesar

    I am Cesar. The world is a rhinocero horn cup, and I am its ear.

    July 24, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • joker

      you mean an ass.

      July 24, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |

    something in china that isnt made of plastic????? wierd...

    July 24, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jesus

      The Chinese have replicated these items a million fold. Soon they'll be in Walmart for $7.99 each.

      July 24, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • jin jao bin

      How do you know the Rhino was a Chinese Rhino and the cup made in China? This is all hot air to push the price high and sell it to Chinese.

      July 24, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 57charlie

    that's great for the owner. it reminds me of a picture i bought overseas back in '98 for $200 and this spring it was appraised at over $32,000. a healthy & completely unexpected return on my purchase.

    July 24, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Bruce

    It's only worth that amount if you have a willing buyer otherwise they're just weird cups.

    July 24, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nabuon

      Uhm, that is the point in the article, which it seems you did not read. The reason its priced so high, is because of the demand in China.

      July 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob from SC

      Oh contrary....take the evaluation, donate them to charity, and never pay income tax again!

      July 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • giantELF

      either way they are weird cups.

      July 24, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. wishing

    At least four rhinoceri were killed to make them.

    July 24, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jimmy


      July 24, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nabuon

      Yes, way back in the 17th or 18th century, when they had to hunt them on horseback and with spears or bow and arrows. Your point??

      July 24, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • MR

      Clearly sarcasm. Get with it.

      July 24, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • rekamlias

      Four delicious rihnos

      July 24, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • newmy

      Americans slaughtered millions of bisons to near extinction in the 19th century because they were just standing around.

      July 24, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • giantELF

      i think the 17th century rhinocerouseses would be dead by now.

      July 24, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jdog

    I guess after the smashing of cultural heritage during the cultural revolution, what is left is bound to be worth something....thank goodness many treasures were deposited in Taiwan during the civil war times or Mao and his minions would have likely destroyed it all

    July 24, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. lori


    July 24, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Jannynet

    If I were looking for Chinese cups those would be the ones I'd want. I'll save my pennies!

    July 24, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jesus

      Are they dishwasher safe?

      July 24, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. raven

    I have a beautiful painting of Elvis on black velvet . Sothebys, here I come!

    July 24, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Eddie

      Oh Raven Puleeze! OMG.

      July 24, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dc

    drink from them and you die of lead poisoning.

    July 24, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Mark Jacobsen

    "when he told them to "be fruitful and fill the earth with their offspring" he gave eve to adam he didnt give a man to a man " he gave a woman to a man " Why do you assume God is a "he" and not a she?

    July 24, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Eddie

      The same way we determine God is gender specific anyway, we are arrogant enough to believe we are "all that is"

      July 24, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |

      He ALWAYS refers to Himself by using a male pronoun. There's no assumption.

      July 24, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • tessa k

      No, some book some guys wrote refers to God as a He. Personally I have never heard or read God say anything.

      July 24, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. James

    Wow, somebody's wound a little tight around their religious fantasy.

    July 24, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Yeah, but did you catch the Wiener-mobile article a few days ago?

      There's something carnal worth worshipping.

      (See Freud, Sigismund Schlomo)

      July 24, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tuffyturf

    Those cups are mighty small, and look oh soooo uncomfortable. I guess what they say about Chinese mens manhood must be true....

    July 24, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. raven

    No takers on my Elvis portrait ? Ok, how bout a ship made of string wound around some nails ? Now THATS art.

    July 24, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Amy

      Can't compare to my Crying Clown painting or my Three Stooges silhouette mirror.

      July 24, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • I have...

      Dogs in the situation room monitoring the Osama raid.

      A Dalmation is passing under the table to a Doberman a National Security Council classified briefing.

      July 24, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      Velvet Elvis paintings have seen their value soar. They must have broken the $2 mark by now.

      July 24, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Boo

    I bet it was painted in lead. :)

    July 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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