September 16, 2011

Native art in Buried Treasure

Buried TreasureWith every family comes a dream, and with every treasure a story.

Leigh and Leslie Keno (“Antiques Roadshow”) are modern-day treasure hunters. These world-renowned antique experts and appraisers have helped people all over the U.S. sell more than $1 billion worth of collectibles. In the new unscripted series BURIED TREASURE, the identical twin brothers will travel across the country helping ordinary people find treasures right in their own homes.

The Kenos will show up at participants’ homes and immediately begin their hunt for the hidden gems. Some people will have treasures, while others will have trash. Leigh and Leslie will investigate items of interest using cutting-edge technology to determine authenticity, condition and–ultimately–worth.
Buried Treasure Appraisal with the Keno Brothers

By Troy RogersTo wind down the first season of Buried Treasure on Fox, Leigh and Leslie Keno, modern-day treasure hunters and world-renowned antique experts, travel from the Catskills of New York to New Jersey before visiting Georgia in the season finale of Buried Treasure on Wednesday, September 14 at 8pm. After hitting the Fox airwaves on the heels of their appraisal success on the Antiques Roadshow, Leigh and Leslie Keno took their expertise on the road for their own show to help homeowners value and sell various antiques and buried treasures.

In the season finale of Buried Treasure called "The Native American, The Foreclosure & The Classic Car," the Keno Brothers visit a family in the Catskills to assess their collection of Native American art in order to pay for cancer treatments before heading to New Jersey where Leigh and Leslie discover a one-of-a-kind antique car. To round out the season of Buried Treasure, the Keno Brothers stop in Georgia to help a family avoid foreclosure on their home.
And:THE DEADBOLT:  Can you talk about the Native American art that you discovered in the Catskills?

LEIGH:  Without giving away what happens up there, in a log cabin, where there are actually bears walking around and deer, it’s a very beautiful place. But way up in the country, actually near where we grew up, there are some really interesting pieces of Native American art. In that situation, we’re hoping the person, who’s gravely ill--we’re trying to help people. In this instance, we find some treasures that will help the person. But there are some things in the show we show people and try to figure out which one is a fake and which one is real. In the end, we reveal that.
The full episode on Hulu:

The Native American, The Foreclosure & The Classic Car

Comment:  The Keno brothers are properly knowledgeable and respectful about the items they inspect. No stereotypes here.

I'm guessing the brothers never air an episode where they wind up disappointing people. So I'll spoil the "surprise" ending. The collector bought several items--a beaded bag, a small totem, and a ledger painting--for several hundred to a couple thousand dollars. He learns they're worth $5,000-$15,000.

For more on the subject, see TV Shows Featuring Indians.

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