Former Winamac Resident Appears on new CNBC Show


A former Winamac student appeared in a new show last night on CNBC Prime called “Treasure Detectives.”

“Treasure Detectives” takes you inside the world of arts, antiques and collectibles and asks the question: is it a fake or is it worth a fortune? World-renowned art detective Curtis Dowling and his team of investigators, including former Winamac resident Catherine Knebel, research items to make sure they are authentic or if the owner is the victim of an elaborate hoax. Each week, the team meets collectors and verifies the authenticity of collectibles, artwork and antiquities using innovative technology and their own knowledge to determine if an item is the real deal or a real piece of junk.

Knebel is a treasure detective that asks experts questions about a certain item and she also uses her expertise as an auctioneer to investigate an antique. Knebel said her passion for antiques started with her parents as they loved to go to antique stores when she was younger. Knebel attended Purdue University and a graduate of World Wide College of Auctioneering in Iowa and in 2012 she was a top five finalist in the Indiana Auctioneer Championship Bid Calling Contest.

In last night’s premiere episode, Dowling and his team met a collector who believed he purchased a rare Lalique glass automobile hood ornament for only $1,200.

The program airs every Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on CNBC.