Items on Pawn Stars That Were Worth a Fortune
When you’re on the hunt for great deals on used merchandise or even interesting collectibles, pawn shops can be a surprisingly good resource. Some of the folks who walk into Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas are looking to buy or sell interesting trinkets or household wares, but people occasionally walk in with some rare or exceptional items to sell.
Rick Harrison and his Pawn Stars team have come across some truly fantastic items over the years. Check out some of the most surprising rare and valuable Pawn Stars finds throughout the history of the show. You may even realize you have some coveted treasures hiding in your attic or basement, just waiting to be discovered.
1932 Lincoln Roadster
Imbued with luxurious style and panache, the 1932 Lincoln Roadster is a symbol of the Golden Age that’s synonymous with Hollywood royalty. In 2011, an elderly gentleman approached Rick Harrison with an irresistible item — an olive green and silver Roadster in excellent, near-perfect condition.
George Washington's Suit
This three-piece suit that once belonged to America's first President is a pale buttery yellow today, but when the first commander-in-chief donned the garment, it was actually a striking shade of pink. Although it was in fair condition for its age, Washington's old suit definitely looks a little worse for wear.
Mary Ford's 1961 Gibson SG Les Paul Guitar
Mary Ford's 1961 Gibson SG Les Paul guitar is many things — a premium musical instrument, a piece of contemporary music history and evidence of the depth of Ford's relationship with her husband, Les Paul. When Ford's nephew approached the Pawn Stars team with one of her most prized guitars, they jumped at the opportunity to make it theirs.
The woman who approached Harrison and his team about purchasing her grandfather's dinosaur bones was pretty clueless about which dinosaur they came from and the origin of the bones. That made proving authenticity and estimating the value very tricky. As always, the Pawn Stars team called an expert in to provide an evaluation and offer advice.
Book of Mormon, 5th Edition
This 1842 edition of the Book of Mormon is valuable not only because of its age, but also because it was the last edition of the book to be published while Joseph Smith was alive. It's also the only volume that doesn't include "Junior" after his name, as it was published after Smith's father had passed away.
JFK Cigar Box
It seems that anything and everything relating to the 35th President of the United States is worth a small fortune. The charismatic, Boston-bred John F. Kennedy was an extremely popular public figure in the early 1960s, and his assassination changed the nation in a multitude of enduring ways.
More Than 200 Pounds of Silver
Years ago in U.S. history, silver coins were really made of silver, not nickel, zinc or copper. Way before the gold standard took hold, the U.S. government and financial institutions relied on the silver standard to give currency its value. Today, many collectors and investors accumulate gold and silver, as it never depreciates.
2001 Super Bowl Ring
Rick Harrison, one of the main owners of the pawn shop where Pawn Stars takes place, definitely has a fascination with Super Bowl rings. He has owned multiple rings throughout his life and career — sad that so many end up in pawn shops — but he proudly states that his 2001 Patriots Super Bowl ring may be his absolute favorite.
Spanish Shipwreck Gold Bar
The Spanish plundered a lot of gold during the colonial era, so much gold, in fact, that areas near Spanish shipwrecks are still known as possible treasure havens. This gold bar was recovered from the site of a shipwreck and features the genuine markings of many years spent buried at sea.
1906 U.S. Half-Dollar (and Titanic Survivor)
Some items are valuable purely because of what they're made of, while others command top dollar because of their historical value. This 1906 U.S. half-dollar got a double whammy on worth. It was silver and also old, but most significantly, it’s one of the few items ever recovered from the wreck of the Titanic.
1932 Ford Roadster
The 1932 Ford Roadster, also known as the Model B, was an updated version of the Ford Model A. Only about 13,000 of these cars were manufactured, making them a rare find, even in the 1930s. When a car enthusiast invited the cast of Pawn Stars to check out his Model B, tensions — and prices — were sky high.
Some of the items that show up on Pawn Stars are unforgettably unique. That was definitely the case with the Robosaurus, a fire-breathing, mechanically operated T-Rex. The gigantic, car-crushing robot was a little beyond the team's price range, so they didn't decide to buy it.
When someone walks into the Pawn Stars shop with a solid piece of history, amazing things start to happen. A cunning coin collector stunned Harrison with a Roman coin from 42 B.C. Not only was it in nearly perfect condition, but it also featured a pictorial symbol of daggers and the words "Ides of March."
OJ Simpson's Getaway Bronco
When people turned on their television sets on June 17, 1994, the only thing they saw was OJ Simpson's outrageously ridiculous police chase. The celebrity was driving a white Ford Bronco — one that was nearly identical to his own — that actually belonged to a friend.
Vic Flick's 1961 Fender Stratocaster Guitar
Vic Flick's name isn't often spoken in the mainstream media, but guitarists and musicians certainly know who he is. As a professional musician, Flick backed hundreds of bands and recorded hundreds of songs with artists such as Tom Jones, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page.
Order of the White Eagle
Harrison occasionally makes some risky purchases. When he secured an ornate metal pendant — allegedly a Polish medal — he wasn't sure he could make a profit on it. Despite his reservations, he found the perfect buyer and sold the 18th-century neckwear for $30,000 — and dinner, of course.
Egyptian Mummy Mask
Genuine Egyptian artifacts are extremely difficult to come by, of course. In the past, archaeological rules and regulations were far more relaxed than they are today, and crypt robbing was far too common. So, when a young man approached Corey and Chumlee about a mummy mask, their curiosities were piqued.
Albrecht Dürer Print
Albrecht Dürer was Germany's most famous and most popular Renaissance artist. Original prints of his artwork can quickly sell for as much as $300,000. It also helps that his work is hundreds of years old, so finding an Albrecht Dürer piece in excellent condition is rare.
Gutenberg Bible Page
The Gutenberg Bible is named after the printing press that created it. Produced in the (gasp!) mid-1400s, it was one of the first mass-produced publications in the world. About 200 copies were manufactured, making the Gutenberg Bible both a historical treasure and an absolute rarity.
Antique Dutch East India Company Bell
When a woman approached Harrison and his father about a "shipwreck bell," the older Harrison was suspicious. The bell was in fantastic condition and showed no signs of being submerged for years in water. Nonetheless, an expert confirmed the bell did belong to a shipwrecked vessel — just one that wrecked upright.
1915 Panama Pacific Octagonal Gold Coin
The building and completion of the Panama Canal — and U.S. forces essentially invading and taking over Panama — set an unstoppable chain of events into motion that led to the tumultuous world of today. The 1915 Panama Pacific Octagonal Gold Coin is a $50 gold piece (1915 value) created to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal.
Stephen Stills' 1941 Gibson SJ-200 Guitar
Crosby, Stills and Nash were a singing and guitar-playing trio of young men who changed folk-rock music during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. This 1941 Gibson was in outstanding condition, considering it was more than half a century old. When you add that it once belonged to a folk-rock legend, the value climbs even higher.
2014 Hertz Penske GT Mustang
Rick Harrison is known for his love of automobiles, so when he received a phone call letting him know that a 2014 Hertz Penske GT Mustang could be his, he put on his coat and answered the summons. The sporty vehicle is perfect for racing as well as showing off, which appealed to the Pawn Stars leader.
The Godfather Autographed Script
The Godfather films are classics that are still viewer favorites, even after decades have passed. The impact that Francis Ford Coppola had on directors, film writers and producers is massively significant. Consequently, finding and obtaining an original, signed copy of The Godfather is like locating and striking pure gold.
Line Drive Pinball Machine
Pinball machines changed an entire generation of youth. At various points throughout history, they were seen as novel distractions, devious gambling devices and passe forms of entertainment. This particular pinball machine was one of the last non-computerized models ever developed, and it was still in premium condition.
Ancient Roman Coin
Nearly every person who passed high school English remembers the phrase "Beware the Ides of March." For those of you who may have forgotten, the line comes from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. The Ides of March was a Roman holiday, and the Romans loved to imprint their coins with festive messages and reminders.
Super Mario Bros. Nintendo Cartridge
The rise of video games has produced some of the rarest, most valuable items on the face of the planet. While many of these relics of gaming culture are infused with trace amounts of gold and silver, it's not their mineral content that makes them valuable.
Ancient Anglo-Saxon Helmet
Some remarkable historical artifacts end up making their way to Harrison's pawn shop. When a young man brought a rusted, bowl-like helmet in for the team to consider, it looked like nothing more than a hunk of junk, but great surprises were in store for everyone.
19th Century Roman Catholic Cardinal Ring
This Roman Catholic ring from the 1800s once belonged to a cardinal. Nearly every pope was once a cardinal, and many of the possessions kept and passed down by these religious figures are treasured for their religious significance. Imbued with precious jewels, this ring displays both the austerity and wealth of the Catholic Church.
Signed First Edition of Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The lasting impact of author Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz can still be felt today. The 1939 film adaptation propelled Judy Garland to stardom and changed the way filmmakers made movies. The novel is still beloved by many, so finding a signed first edition copy is not only a rarity but a dream for tons of collectors.