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TV Series Reveals Kiwi Collectibles And Antiques

Triangle Television series reveals Kiwi collectibles and antiques

New Zealanders will share the thrill of owning rare and unique collectibles and antiques on a new series due to screen on Triangle Television next month.

Antique Adventure, which will screen on Tuesdays at 7.30pm from November 9 to 30, is fronted by passionate antiquarians Grant Mangin and Suzy Frost.

During the four-week series viewers will be learn many tips and tricks about spotting, buying and collecting antiques and collectibles - and they will learn the difference between the two.

Experts will identify and value a range of pieces which are sometimes ugly, sometimes original and always distinctive. Each piece has a rich story to tell - about its existence, its designer and its journey to the present day.

Mangin and Frost discuss the commercial realities of collecting along with people's emotional attachment to art and antiques. These perspectives are shared through true stories and the opinions of experts.

The first show, on November 9, introduces the series and looks at what constitutes an antique, why people collect items, and various ways of buying.

The next week restorer Graham Holiday discusses valuing antiques and focuses on period furniture, the decision of whether to restore, how to spot a restoration and the impact of restoration on value.

Collectibles and art are the focus of episode three, which covers current trends in collectibles and how to find them. New Zealand art expert Donald Coutler discusses trends, emerging artists, what to look for, how subject matter influences value, and possible good investments in today's market.

In the final programme, secondhand dealer Frank Cronin, who started trading in Gore in 1959 to supplement his income, explains the difference between collectibles and antiques and shares 50 years of wonderful stories about people and collectibles.

Antique Adventures will make fascinating viewing for serious collectors and those who can't resist poking around in secondhand shops. And it might just teach people how to identify that diamond in the rough.

Triangle Television is Auckland's only regional, non-commercial television station and has operated as a public broadcaster to Greater Auckland since August 1, 1998. The channel screens a mix of regional-access television with international news and information programmes. It is non-profit making and operates with no funding from NZ on Air. Triangle broadcasts 24 hours daily from UHF channel 41 and, in Remuera and surrounding suburbs, from UHF channel 52.


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