Behind the Scenes: The "Golden Ticket" Sweepstakes
Slideshow by Dylan Leavitt Posted 10.28.2013
A Golden Opportunity
It was once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: a VIP trip for two to ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's 2013 production event in Richmond, Virginia. Handed a "golden ticket" at the door, the winner, Anna Hughes of Methuen, MA, and her guest were led about the Richmond Convention Center hall to get a firsthand, behind-the-scenes experience on the busy set. Upon learning that she had won the 2013 Sweepstakes, Anna "searched closets, drawers, and the attic for things [we] might want to bring."
In a whirlwind day, Anna witnessed the appraisals and got to see the TV filming coordination up close. Also checked off the list was meeting some of her favorite appraisers, "including the witty and interesting Nicholas Lowry (and he was wearing one of his signature suits)," Anna recounts, "and history buff Wes Cowan."
What golden ticket experience would be complete without a filmed appraisal? Anna brought in a couple of cherished items, one of which was selected by a producer to be appraised and filmed for a web-exclusive video. Just before sharing lunch with ROADSHOW staff and volunteers, Anna works with a staff member to prep her treasure for its closeup.
The Shoot: Get A Glimpse Behind-the-Scenes
Collectibles expert Kathleen Guzman appraised Anna's object, an antique Santa Claus ornament from Germany, on the web set. "Kathleen Guzman," Anna recalls, "remarked that our 100-year-old Santa may not be worth a lot, but [it] is well-loved." The object was given a retail value of $50-$75, although similar ornaments in perfect condition can be worth as much as $500.
"We also got to chat with [ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Host] Mark Walberg in between his numerous film sessions," Anna says. Having her tour around the set, Anna saw a plethora of odds and ends that satisfied her sweet tooth for history. "I couldn't believe what some folks were able to carry in…this winner came back from Richmond with sweet memories that will not melt away."