When Clem Ballairs acquired a cape that was supposedly worn by James Brown at an auction years ago, he thought he had gotten his hands on a bona fide rock ‘n’ roll relic.
But ultimately, that’s up to the experts on CNBC’s “Treasure Detectives” to decide.
Ballairs, of Stamford, will appear on a new episode of the program on Tuesday, March 26 at 9 p.m.
The case takes fakes and forgeries expert Curtis Dowling and his team (pictured above) to F&S Fabrics in Los Angeles to determine the quality of the item and to Augusta, Ga. to meet with a James Brown expert at the Augusta Museum of History. From there, they meet Deanna Brown-Thomas, Brown’s daughter, and “The Cape Man” Danny Ray, the man who brought Brown’s cape to him on stage night after night.
The episode also finds Dowling and crew vetting a Les Paul-owned guitar.
“Treasure Detectives” is a one-hour weekly show featuring a team of fakes and forgeries investigators who dig into the history of potentially counterfeit items.