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(Left: "Baggage Battles" auction specialists Mark Meyer, Billy Leroy, and Laurence and Sally Martin.
Right photo: Museum explorer and history enthusiast Don Wildman from "Mysteries at the Museum.")
SEASON PREMIERE: Wednesday, November 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and 8:30 p.m. ET/PT
(Note: New episodes will continue to premiere on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT)
In the first all-new premiere of season two (airing at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT), Laurence and Sally Martin travel to Billy Leroy and Mark Meyer's backyard of Brooklyn, NY to compete for valuable international freight. Items up for auction include a solar panel from a water heating system, a mystery sculpture and a solidly-built wooden crate with undisclosed contents. With bids ranging from $200 to $1700, the auction experts are out to out-bid each other and win the highly-desirable goods. Then on the second all-new episode (airing at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT), Laurence and Sally Martin, Billy Leroy and Mark Meyer are out to test their experience and luck by gambling on these genuine – and not so genuine – historical items at the Boston Estates Auction. The bidding gets underway, and the first big item on the auction block is a document announcing George Washington's death. Other items up for bids include a musket, a uniquely-crafted saw and documents from the 1700's. After the auction experts win their respective bids, they take their historical items for examination and appraisal. And one of the auction specialists goes home with over $4500 in profit!
Series Synopsis: "Baggage Battles" provides a glimpse into the very profitable business of bidding, buying and reselling unclaimed property by following three teams of auction experts who travel to some of the most important auctions, where their bids are based on sight-unseen instincts. Season two of "Baggage Battles" brings back the savvy auction experts viewers met in the first season: Laurence and Sally Martin, a married couple who co-own Studio Antiques in El Segundo, California; Mark Meyer, a young entrepreneur in the auctioning business from Long Island, New York; and New York City's Billy Leroy, owner of the iconic Billy's Antiques and Props, one of the last eclectic props and antique stores. These shrewd experts trust their keen eye for detail to find hidden treasures at the top auctions around the world including airport auctions, unclaimed freight and shipping auctions, police and seizure auctions, vehicular auctions and estate auctions.
MYSTERIES AT THE MUSEUM
SEASON PREMIERE: Thursday, November 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
In the fourth season premiere, Don Wildman first travels to Boone, Iowa. There, housed in a display case at the Boone County Historical Center is a seemingly ordinary metal and glass lantern. But this beacon of light guided a brave teenager through a dark and stormy night on a dramatic life-saving mission. Then at the Daredevil Museum in Niagara Falls, New York, Wildman examines an elaborately-constructed 12-foot barrel that was built specifically for a death-defying act of tumbling straight over the Falls! Wildman then heads to South Carolina's Florence Museum, where Civil War regalia and crude surgical instruments are on display. And within this collection is a gnarled piece of metal linked to a disaster that nearly wiped a town off the map!
Series Synopsis: "Mysteries at the Museum" spans the country, exploring local archives, storefront collections and the hallowed halls of stately institutions, to uncover the objects and artifacts that reveal the nation's hidden secrets. Museum explorer and history enthusiast Don Wildman scours a range of museums in search of extraordinary relics at the heart of tales that shock and amaze. From Springfield, Illinois' Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, where a rusted metal chisel was once wielded in a daring plot to steal the remains of the beloved 16th President, to the Connecticut Air and Space Museum, where a replica of a primitive plane may rewrite the history of aviation, these are a few of the sites that celebrate our nation's distinguished past. Through gripping interviews, rich archival footage and arresting reenactments, "Mysteries at the Museum" brings to life the amazing artifacts from the center of the nation's most notorious crimes and scandals, unexplained encounters, bizarre inventions, and the most enthralling events of all time.