Brains + Lips = Win the Antiques Roadshow Game
The Antiques Roadshow website has a game you can play. You watch a little video segment. Along the way are multiple choice questions regarding the item (like “Who is Thomas Chippendale?”) And finally, can you guess the price before the appraiser calls it? Thanks to 16 years of fine and decorative art study, I managed the multiple choice questions pretty well. The appraised values, however, weren’t quite so easy. My timing was off. The objective is to “beat the appraiser.” I contend that the roadshow appraiser knows so much more about the item, having researched the bejesus out of it, there’s no way I can beat him. Drew’s better at this than I am.This brings me to the BIG Antiques Roadshow FALLACY. The Roadshow Appraiser not only sees the item before he goes on television, he has the benefit of exhaustive research, executed by a team of appraisers with computers, libraries, sales results, and everything there is to know about the item including history and provenance. Sometimes AR knows about a piece before they even get into town!
indeed, as well as the ability to recall the data and use their lips