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. Rednecks Roadshow

    So just how many times do you think they've been used for ashtrays?

    July 24, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    Ok, well what about a set of hanging lamps with oil running down a latticework of fishline to give it movement ? who COULDNT use those ?

    July 24, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • wineguy64

      My parents had two of those! For a 10 year old in the early 70's it was one of the coolest things I had ever seen.

      July 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. brokenarrowstuff

    All of you are just jealous - as am I.

    July 24, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hilo, HI

      Yeah, but the guy who let them go at that yard sale back in 1978 for 11 bucks just jumped off a bridge.

      July 24, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ED

    Kind of funny in a way..There wouldn't be such a high demand if the Chinese government didn't encourage the destruction Chinese history, etc. during Mao's reign of terror. I shudder to think of the things lost...kinda like the library of Alexandria....

    July 24, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Garbage picker

    Um.... I find that stuff in the trash all the time and sell it on CL for a couple of bucks

    July 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • wjmknight

      Then you must be kicking yourself.

      July 24, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. revinger

    isn't the roadshow going to be slashed by the gop?

    July 24, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JustMe

    Dang, why can't I have stuff like that laying around?? Well, how about the complete set of Star Wars glasses from Burger King? They're worth at least half a mil, right? Right? (one can always dream....)

    July 24, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      cool! DO NOT SELL THOSE.. co's if you do.. that leads to the dark side.. and no guarantee 1.5 dollars worth!

      July 24, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John B

    You talk about being desperate for ratings. Those "appraisers" only give you an educated guess as to what something is worth...the producers probably asked them to say they are worth $1,000,000 so people will tune in.

    July 24, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Your an idiot

      July 24, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • it's YOU'RE an idiot, idiot.

      Dan, Dan, you wrote yet another example of most auto-ironic post on the internet, confirming once again that a plurality of posters on the net are, indeed, idiots.

      July 24, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Try reading the article before posting John

      The article says the episode will not air until 2012, no one is going to remember this by the time it airs. Good try though.

      July 24, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hoopity

    I would love to see them!

    July 24, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • They're real!

      And, no, you can't see them.

      July 24, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy


    Hey, raven, my sista...I've got some of those paintings featuring those sad kids with the giant eyes.
    What'll you think they'd be worth?
    It'd be worth any amount of money to buy my mother-in-law some taste...
    She still has red w/black flocked wallpaper...

    July 24, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. brad

    I think it's great that in these days, that some one have had such good luck !

    July 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • shawnon

      Exactly what I was thinking – if it can't be me, then I am happy for someone else hitting the lottery.

      July 24, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy

    @John B: cynical much? LMAO!

    July 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jay Horn

    I have several antiques made in Occupied J-pan.

    July 24, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Devo

    this bird in the hand is exquisite. id say, at auction, this should go for about, 2 in the bush.

    July 24, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really!?

      I had no idea!

      July 24, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Roca

    Sell 'em on EBay!!! Buy It Now for $500,000!!!

    July 24, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
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