'Antiques Roadshow' host Mark L. Walberg poses for a portrait on the set of the appraisals floor at Cobo Center. (Sheila Springsteen / Special to The Detroit News)
Tune in alert: The first of three “Antiques Roadshow” episodes filmed at Cobo Center in Detroit last summer premieres at 8 p.m. tonight on WTVS-TV (Channel 56).
The popular PBS show came to Detroit last June, and thousands brought items of some value (and yes, many “sofa-sized paintings”) to be appraised, with some artifacts making the cut to be shown on the program.
In tonight’s show, we’ll see a script for the “Wizard of Oz” used by actor Bert Lahr, who played the Cowardly Lion in the classic film. The script was brought in by one of Lahr’s descendants who lives in the area, and was appraised by the PBS experts at $150,000. There is also a collection of early 20th century Pewabic pottery that caught the appraisers’ interest, and a signed 1970 Andy Warhol poster.
The second of the Detroit-filmed “Antiques Roadshow” programs airs Feb. 3, and will include Motown singer Marvin Gaye’s 1964 passport, found by a Metro Detroiter tucked inside an album he bought at an estate sale for 50 cents. Also coming up on that second installment, a signed photo album of President Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet.
The final Detroit episode will air on Feb. 10.
WTVS Detroit Public TV will show each of the Detroit “Antiques Roadshow” episodes a second time at 10 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday on the week each show premiers.