Stories from an Antiques Roadshow Appraiser

August 06, 2014 at 1:50 pm

On August 9, Antiques Roadshow comes to New York City’s Javits K. Convention Center. Veteran appraiser Philip Weiss recalls some of his most memorable appraisals and gives host Rafael Pi Roman a taste of what’s to come.

With about eight million viewers every week, PBS’ Antiques Roadshow is one of the highest rated series on public television. This year, the award-winning show marks its 18th season with a trip to the Big Apple. One of the show’s veteran appraisers, Philip Weiss, joined Rafael Pi Roman to share behind-the-scenes stories and tips.

For Weiss, the owner and operator of a Long Island auction house, antiques appraisal has been a lifelong passion. “I grew up in house full of rare books and from that started getting involved in stamps and comic books and things like that,” said Weiss. “I just decided to turn it into a profession, which was a wonderful choice as far as I’m concerned.”

Weiss, who has been an Antiques Roadshow appraiser for ten seasons, says the show is a boon to the industry. “The real interest value in it is that so many people collect things, so many people are interested in things, and so many people have things in their home that they’d really love to know what it’s worth,” Weiss told Pi Roman. “By watching the show they get an education. It’s incredibly entertaining.”

Weiss has appraised a wide range of items on the show, including an archive of original Charles Schultz Peanuts drawings estimated at $150,000-200,000.

What’s the secret behind Antiques Roadshow’s magic?  “I think that it’s kind of addictive, it’s kind of contagious,” said Weiss. “I don’t want to admit to it, but I watch it all the time.”

Antiques Roadshow airs Monday at 8PM EST on most PBS stations.