Hour 1: Monday, November 18, 2013 at 9pm
Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Marshall Martin head to the renowned San Diego Zoo to discuss the appeal of vintage Steiff animals, the plush-toy phenomenon started more than 130 years ago. Highlights include an original, handwritten draft of the 1933 popular American song “Stormy Weather,” recorded by the likes of Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald; an heirloom circa 1864 Tiffany cameo complete with a collection of authentic period jewelry; and a turn-of-the-century aristocratic portrait by Robert Henri, valued at $250,000 to $350,000.
Hour 2: Monday, November 25, 2013 at 8pm
Host Mark L. Walberg meets appraiser Rafael Eledge aboard the USS Midway, the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century, to discuss the evolution of a 19th-century sailor’s side arm: the cutlass. Highlights include an 18th-century ivory carved crèche that could be worth up to 30 times what the owner paid for it; a pair of mid-century modern “Barcelona” chairs: a line of chairs designed in 1929 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as thrones for the King and Queen of Spain; and a circa 1900 Turkmenistan rug, valued at $125,000 to $150,000.
Hour 3: Monday, November 25, 2013 at 9pm
Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Nicholas Lowry head to San Diego's Allen Airways Flying Museum to look at some of the earliest-known posters of mechanical flight. Highlights include “Captain America” and “Fantastic Four” co-creator Jack Kirby’s personal collection of comics from the 1930s to the 1970s; a set of circa 1915 Cartier cuff links, buttons and studs; and an original Hortus Eystettensis, the groundbreaking collection of botanical illustrations published in 1613 and valued at $250,000 to $350,000.