A rare letter from Abraham Lincoln was among the finds when the TV show “Antiques Roadshow” filmed in Myrtle Beach last year.
The signed letter from Lincoln was one of the few written by Lincoln in 1860 as he prepared for the election, according to information from South Carolina ETV, which will air the show. The show also discovered a famous first edition of “Gone With the Wind” and crystals once owned by Marilyn Monroe while filming in Myrtle Beach in June. There also was an Austrian lamp, silver made in China and pre-Columbian gold pendants from Central America.
More than 6,000 people took about 12,000 items to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center for the PBS show’s filming.
The Myrtle Beach episodes are set to air on South Carolina ETV on Feb. 18, Feb. 25 and March 25, each time at 8 p.m. Folks can also get a behind-the-scenes look at what went into making the Myrtle Beach episodes at 9 p.m. Feb. 18 on ETV, right after the first Myrtle Beach episode.
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“It’s our privilege to showcase Myrtle Beach and South Carolina in a positive light on national prime time television,” ETV President and CEO Linda O’Bryon said in a news release.
“Antiques Roadshow” features a team of specialists who offer free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. Those with items share tales of family heirlooms, yard sale purchases and items salvaged from attics and basements.
Brookgreen Gardens will be featured during the first Myrtle Beach show Feb. 18. The show’s host Mark L. Walberg, joined by appraiser Eric Silver, visited the attraction to discuss the sculptures and early 20th-century female sculptors. The other Myrtle Beach episodes will include Hobcaw Barony and a 19th century blockade rifle and its connection to the Waccamaw River.
Those wanting to get a sneak peek at the show’s visit to Myrtle Beach can pay to attend a special screening to benefit the ETV Endowment. The special screening, with Walberg as a guest, will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the S.C. State Museum Palmetto Gallery. Cost is $75 for a pair of tickets or $40 for a single ticket. Call 1-877-253-2092 to reserve a seat.