"Antiques Roadshow," Lark Mason, and the Fate of Those Record-Breaking Chinese Rhino Horn Cups

Mar 19, 2012

On today's StudioTulsa, we listen back to an interview that first aired in November. At that time, we spoke with Lark Mason, an Asian art expert and longtime appraiser for "Antiques Roadshow," the popular public television program. Earlier last year, during an "Antiques Roadshow" taping here in Tulsa in July, Mason had valued a set of five 17th-century Chinese rhinoceros horn cups --- the property of Tulsa resident Doug Huber, who started collecting them in 1969 while on vacation in England (and who spent about $5,000 on acquiring them, over the years) --- at $1 to $1.5 million. After Mason's appraisal, which was (and remains) the highest dollar-amount evaluation ever in the history of "Antiques Roadshow," the cups went on display at the Philbrook Museum of Art, from August to December of last year. Tomorrow (Tuesday the 20th), in a manner of speaking, the incredible story of these remarkable, intricately carved cups and their discovery comes to a close. For that is when these cups will go on sale at an auction at Sotheby's in New York. You'll find more information on this story here.