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Tampa tapings of "Antiques Roadshow' to air

Attention, Chris with the beat-up wooden chair. Remember last summer when you took that chair to the Antiques Roadshow at the Tampa Convention Center? You and several thousand people stood in long lines in the heat for a chance to have professional appraisers tell you if you were hanging onto trash or treasure.

Chris, you were one of the lucky ones. That black-painted maple chair, for which you paid $20 at a yard sale, is an 18th-century Boston leather chair valued at $1,500, said appraiser Leigh Keno.

And the sisters who brought the lamp for which their mother paid $125 back in the 1960s are the owners of a rare Tiffany Studios lamp with a rose helmet shade that appraiser Arlie Sulka says is worth between $80,000 and $125,000. "Oh, you're so cute!" Sulka says as the blond and brunette sisters burst into tears on hearing the good news.

Chris and the sisters got their good news last summer. Now the rest of us can share their pleasure _ and that of other hopefuls _ when the two shows taped by Antiques Roadshow last summer in Tampa are broadcast on WEDU-TV, Ch. 3.

(The producers of the Roadshow don't fully identify visitors to the show on air in order to protect their privacy and property.)

The hourlong shows will appear at 8 p.m. Monday and Feb. 14.

Other buried treasures spotted by the appraisers include an engraved Russian crystal vase, valued at $5,000 to $7,000; a Civil War sword, valued at $35,000; a Viennese enamel bird, once stored in a barn, worth $30,000 to $50,000; and a fork that fell from the flaming Hindenburg, valued at $8,000 to $10,000.

The show also visits the Henry B. Plant Museum, which host Chris Jussel calls a "crown jewel," and looks in on Ybor City.