The Late Movies: Top 10 Antiques Roadshow Valuations

The antiques world was rocked (okay, more like gently bumped) when a recent episode of Antiques Roadshow estimated a woman's collection of carved Chinese jade objects at $710,000 to $1.07 million. Either figure would make it the highest-appraised item in Antiques Roadshow history. Unfortunately, when the woman actually sold the items at auction, she only got $494,615. Why the discrepancy? It's complicated -- read about it here if you want the blow-by-blow from real antiques experts. Meanwhile, below I have collected the Top 10 Antiques Roadshow valuations (actually 11 items, as there's a tie for second place), courtesy of YouTube user Ultranothing. The jade still comes in first as I'm counting by valuation, despite its later actual sale value being lower than predicted.

1st Place: Jade Collection

$710,000 to $1.07 million.

Tie for 2nd Place: Clyfford Still Painting

$500,000 "insurance value"; a conservative estimate.

Tie for 2nd Place: Navajo Ute First Phase Blanket

$350,000 - $500,000.

3rd Place: 1790's Card Table

Purchased for $25, valued at $200,000 - $300,000, and apparently sold in 1998 for $541,500.

4th Place: Art Deco Jewelry Collection


5th Place: Patek Philippe Split Chronograph Watch


6th Place: Painting of Ships Possibly by James E. Buttersworth

$200,000 - $500,000 if restored and painter's identity verified. It turned out not to be a Buttersworth, but still sold for $288,000 (it was by Antonio Jacobsen).

7th Place: 6th-9th Century Chinese Marble Sculpture

$120,000 - $180,000 at auction, $150,000 - $250,000 for insurance.

8th Place: 1840's Solid Gold Sword

$200,000 and up.

9th Place: Charles Schulz Cartoon Collection

$150,000 - $200,000 at auction.

10th Place: Jasper Cropsey Painting


Watch a Chain of Dominos Climb a Flight of Stairs

Dominos are made to fall down—it's what they do. But in the hands of 19-year-old professional domino artist Lily Hevesh, known as Hevesh5 on YouTube, the tiny plastic tiles can be arranged to fall up a flight of stairs in spectacular fashion.

The video spotted by Thrillist shows the chain reaction being set off at the top a staircase. The momentum travels to the bottom of the stairs and is then carried back up through a Rube Goldberg machine of balls, cups, dominos, and other toys spanning the steps. The contraption leads back up to the platform where it began, only to end with a basketball bouncing down the steps and toppling a wall of dominos below.

The domino art seems to flow effortlessly, but it took more than a few shots to get it right. The footage below shows the 32nd attempt at having all the elements come together in one, unbroken take. (You can catch the blooper at the end of an uncooperative basketball ruining a near-perfect run.)

Hevesh’s domino chains that don't appear to defy gravity are no less impressive. Check out this ambitious rainbow domino spiral that took her 25 hours to construct.

[h/t Thrillist]

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A Secret Room Full of Michelangelo's Sketches Will Soon Open in Florence
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Parents all over the world have chastised their children for drawing on the walls. But when you're Michelangelo, you've got some leeway. According to The Local, the Medici Chapels, part of the Bargello museum in Florence, Italy, has announced that it plans to open a largely unseen room full of the artist's sketches to the public by 2020.

Roughly 40 years ago, curators of the chapels at the Basilica di San Lorenzo had a very Dan Brown moment when they discovered a trap door in a wardrobe leading to an underground room that appeared to have works from Michelangelo covering its walls. The tiny retreat is thought to be a place where the artist hid out in 1530 after upsetting the Medicis—his patrons—by joining a revolt against their control of Florence. While in self-imposed exile for several months, he apparently spent his time drawing on whatever surfaces were available.

A drawing by Michelangelo under the Medici Chapels in Florence
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Museum officials previously believed the room and the charcoal drawings were too fragile to risk visitors, but have since had a change of heart, leading to their plan to renovate the building and create new attractions. While not all of the work is thought to be attributable to the famed artist, there's enough of it in the subterranean chamber—including drawings of Jesus and even recreations of portions of the Sistine Chapel—to make a trip worthwhile.

[h/t The Local]


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