brothers and Americana experts Leigh and Leslie Keno have combined
the excitement of discovering valuable art and antiques with
real human stories on FOX's TV series "Buried Treasure."
The duo expands upon the appraisal model from
PBS's popular 15-years-running TV show "Antiques Roadshow"
to private homes of family's across the US. . The brothers
search for valuable goods from the basement to the attic,
and help people who are down on their luck, sick, and in need
of a real treasure. We got the chance to talk with Leslie
and Leigh about their show, their beginnings, and much more!
Buried Treasure airs on FOX on August
24 at 8 PM
I'm really interested by how the twin factor affects things
in your case. In other words, when you guys are out working
together, do you find that very often you have similar tastes
in things and you don't have to communicate that much about
what you like, or are there sometimes where you're really
surprised at how much you disagree about the potential of
Leigh Keno: Well, the great thing about the show is
that it has given Leslie and me an opportunity to really work
together and we sometimes do disagree. And most of the time,
90% of the time, we really agree on a piece, but I was wrong
recently about a very rare Egyptian piece and Leslie said,
"I know that's right." And I said, "Ah, I think
it's a nineteenth century copy." And it turned out to
be 300 B.C., but I was wrong once a Northwest coast piece
that I thought was a fake and it was in fact very rare.
Leslie Keno: But the exciting thing about the show
is that the viewer doesn't know until the end, until the reveal,
what the piece actually is and it's- So, we do sometimes disagree
and I think that we do have this twin talk.
Leigh: But, we dug-when we go through on an adventure,
a-this is unbelievable. Together, we'll spot the same thing
at the same time. Sometimes the thing that catches our eye,
you know-together. So, we're totally in sync in that way.
And what was it about your upbringing that made you both
so interested in the subject?
Leigh: Sure, since we were probably, I don't know,
about three feet, four feet high, we were treasure hunters
in upstate New York, in digging for old bottles, in old foundations
of buildings. We'd go to refuse sites and dig downs for nineteenth
century glass, you know, hinges, barn hinges, and we had written
a book, Hidden Treasures and a lot-some of that's in the beginning
of that book.
Leslie: But, they are literally buried treasure.
Leigh: Literally buried treasure. I mean we were digging
up hinges, digging up bottles and then, the treasure hunt
went, when we were able to travel, we weren't able to drive,
but we went with our parents to flea markets and antique shows,
of course, and that opened up a whole new world, of course,
because then every flea market-there was always that next
booth, and we'd spend from six in the morning until at night
searching for treasures. So, that's what we're doing today
and our careers have been searching for treasures. Our whole
lives and that's why this show is so perfect for us because
it's just a great-it's what we do every day. It's reality
because it is a true reality show, because it is our lives.
When we wake up in the morning, that's what we think about,
and when we fall asleep at night and we live and breathe it.
And, in this case, we get to do it together.
Can you tell me anything about some of the finds that
you guys came across during the filming of the show? Just
a little tidbit to encourage people to watch?
Leslie: What's been amazing about this show is that
we have found treasures from all over the world, valuable
and rare objects ranging from 1000 B.C. a Minoan bronze bowl
with inscriptions that was buried under a pile of magazines
and had no idea to a rare Egyptian tomb figure with the figure
of Osiris, polychrome painted, that was just sitting in a
dresser in a house that had been sort of falling, cracked
walls, plaster falling down, Leigh, too a-
Leigh: --to north of us coast Native American objects
that turned out to be extremely valuable to -
Leslie: -- it can also be rare American furniture.
I can, you know-
Leigh: It's good to say to also bury gold in one house
where we literally were finding buried gold that the previous
owner had buried in the house and we couldn't believe it.
Just the most unbelievable discovery.
Leslie: I mean, this is all done and the cameras are
rolling along. We have to look in the registers. We used to
hide, really, love letters when we were little kids in the
registers of the floors our old 1860 farmhouse. So we decided
to look there, because there was a rumor that there was actually
gold in this one house that the owner had hidden away gold,
didn't trust banks, so we checked the registers and sure enough,
there are literally, there is gold there. So, it was unbelievable-and
also some jewels.