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. raven

    Hey my sista,hows every lil thing,and my gramma has the powder blue flocked rice wallpaper!! and CSinSC LMAO! throw in a set of goldenrod or avocado corningware and you gotcher self a deal my friend!!

    July 24, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. VoiceOhReason

    The rhinos probably weren't endangered around 1700 when these were made, super genius.

    July 24, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. beth

    Asians have no respect for other species. They are a disgrace. These "cups" are ugly. The horns look way more appealing on the rhino thanks.

    July 24, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. bob

    I'm thinking of buying these.

    July 24, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jesus

      I bought a dozen at Sears in the late 1960s.

      July 24, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Jesus, is that you ? I've been seeking you forever. You've had two thousand years to buy a set of these, so I doubt you're going to now.

      July 24, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      M name is worth at least $10K in miss sent donations every year. My brother Elvis also does well.

      July 24, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      LMAO! Best comment ever.

      July 24, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    The 2-piece is especially beautiful.
    Amazing how much skill, time and passion went into it.
    I would like to know the history of this and how it ended up in the hands of the guy who brought it for appraisal.

    July 24, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jesus

      Imagine how that rhino must have suffered.

      July 24, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Continue to imagine the suffering of all the animals that go into your lifestyle and that you consume and crap out everyday.

      July 24, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • owlmoon

      There is a possibility the horn was taken from a dead rhino.

      July 25, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
    • owlmoon

      I meant already dead, as in roadkill.

      July 25, 2011 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. NoTags

    Even at 1.5 mil. they look like a better buy than the ugly pic of Billy the Kid that one of the Koch brothers recently paid 2+ mil for.

    July 24, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • IggyDad

      Every penny the Koch brothers don't spend on their teaparty creation is money well spent.

      July 24, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • peter

      There is nothing uglier than the Koch brothers!

      July 24, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. crystar

    how long before the chinese goverment say they're stolen!!!!!

    July 24, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brandon

      I'd say in about 3... 2....

      July 24, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. corey

    awesome. I hope they need the money – really. It's always good to see a story where somebody literally hits the jackpot.

    July 24, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Anne Miller


    July 24, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jesus


      July 24, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kay

    I imagine the Chinese government will demand the cups be returned, claiming that they were stolen. Unless the owner can prove they were bought legally originally, which is pretty much impossible.

    July 24, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. rachbell

    So happy for the owners! Looking forward to seeing this episode to learn more details.

    July 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. WilmaWonka


    July 24, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Kyaldek

    I wouldn't pay a half of a penny for them.

    July 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • rafael

      Not clear how you would pay half of a penny for anything.

      July 24, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chazmatazz

    I wish someone could help me with the value of the dagger that I have....two archeologists, three anthropologists, and many other professionals CANNOT tell me the origin or worth. Are there any dagger experts out there? Contact me at cwellington2006 at yahoo dot com.

    July 24, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jesus

      The dagger's value is if it was authenticated as have been stuck in a historical figure... like Julius Caesar, Other than that, it's value is in the workmanship which rarely would exceed $2,000.

      July 24, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Onlymoretime

    What the article failed to mention is that the owner unexpectedly tripped over the sidewalk, walking out to her car after the show, hurling the cardboard box that the cups were being transported. All 5 cups were damaged beyond repair.

    July 24, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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