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The Most Valuable Items Ever Found on ‘Pawn Stars’

by jvcc

If you love perusing garage sales or antique stores hoping to find that gem of an item, then chances are you’re a fan of the wildly popular Pawn Stars on History Channel. The show centers on the staff of World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn. Everyday folks bring in items they found at yard sales, antique stores, and sometimes after cleaning out part of their house. The pawn shop staff investigate the item and appraise it, sometimes leading to a historic find valued at tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. You can imagine a person’s surprise when they realize they have stumbled across one of the most valuable Pawn Stars items in the show’s history.

Take a look at the biggest, most valuable Pawn Stars items. Seeing the value of these items, you’ll never look at a garage sale the same way again.

Vic Flick’s 1961 Fender Strat

Vic Flick might not immediately strike a chord for many when they think of music, but when you learn his most famous contribution, you’ll know why this guitar has such a huge price tag. Flick played the guitar riff on the original soundtrack for the James Bond theme. Flick brought his 1961 Fender Stratocaster Guitar into the pawn shop and sold it for $55,000!

Olympic Gold Medals

When former Olympian Jumpin’ Joe Greene fell on hard times in the 90s, he decided he’d turn to the pawn shop to get some quick cash for his bronze medals. Rick bought the medals and vowed never to sell them. He has stuck to his word and the medals are on display and not for sale. Their value? An estimated $30,000.

Order of the White Eagle Medallion

Here’s your classic story of a “garage sale find.” One lucky man bought a colorful medal for $.75 at a yard sale. When the man brought the medallion into the shop, Rick had a hunch and actually bought the item for $6,000. When an expert appraised the medal, they discovered it dated back to the Tsarist occupation of Poland. While Rick paid a big price for it, he multiplied his profit by five, selling the Order of the White Eagle Medallion for $30,000.

Super Rare Colt Revolver

When a very early Colt 1870s single action Army revolver came into the store, Rick knew it was a gorgeous piece. When it was appraised though, Rick didn’t expect it would be valued so high. The owner was looking to get $25,000 for the gun. Of course Rick balked at the price, but when International Military Antiques appraiser Alex Cranmer told him the gun could fetch safely $35,000 at auction, and possibly $50,000, Rick knew he had to make a deal. After hearing the gun could make almost $50,000 at auction, the owner went up to $35K. But after some haggling, the two agreed on $27,500 for this beauty.

Original Houdini Straitjacket

On first glance, you might think this leather item wouldn’t be worth much, but when examined by an expert it turned out to be a historic artifact of magic history. The owner believed the straitjacket had once belonged to and been used by famed magician Harry Houdini. When magic historian “Murray” stopped by the shop to look at the jacket, he had brought some photos of Houdini to try and match the  straitjacket to one of Houdini’s stunts. It turned out there was photographic evidence of the straitjacket in use, from January 1, 1915 in St. Louis (pictured inset). The historian thought the straitjacket could fetch anywhere from $34,000 to $42,000. Rick offered the owner $25,000, but the man decided to hold onto the magic artifact, now knowing he had a piece of magic history in his collection.

Vatican’s Michelangelo Madonna Bust Cast

Normally, a head bust might not be that interesting. But when it’s the head of the Virgin Mary, people are going to take notice. When a seller brought this item into the Pawn Stars‘ shop, Chumlee was understandably interested. It’s one of 500 Vatican-licensed bronze cast busts of Michelangelo’s Pieta statue. The seller was hoping to get $80,000 for the bust, but Chumlee couldn’t go that high. In a rare barter, the seller made a counter-offer: The shop had 100 pounds of silver on inventory valued at roughly $24,000. The seller would trade the bronze bust for the 100 pounds of silver. Chumlee agreed and made out like a bandit.

1915 Panama Canal Commemorative Coin

This valuable find wasn’t quite the same as the others. A man had come to Pawn Stars seeking a 1915 Panama Pacific Octagonal $50 gold piece and would pay $70,000 for it. Rick jetted off to one of the largest coin auctions in the country. He found two and sold one to the man for $67,500.

George Washington’s Suit

It’s likely one of the most – if not the most – expensive items ever featured on Pawn Stars. Pictured is a three-piece suit worn by America’s first president, George Washington. The Americana collector had won it in an auction after it had been passed down for centuries through a family. The suit was one of two prized possessions of the collector; the other was a sword used by Washington in the Revolutionary War. The price tag on the suit stood at $3 million. Rick, for his part, loved the item. He made an offer of $1.5 million. The collector declined and Rick immediately went to $2 million. The collector gave his best price at $2.5 million, a number Rick ultimately couldn’t come to. But the two left it open that should the seller change his mind, Rick would be interested.

The Pinball Wizard

Although he came off as a bit of a dud, albeit a funny one, Chumlee really proved his worth in the second season of Pawn Stars, establishing himself as a breakout character and fan favorite across the globe.

How? Well, in season two’s “Pinball Wizards” episode, Chumlee breaks out some impressive pinball knowledge when the team has to decide whether or not it’s worth it to buy Bally “Odds and Ends” pinball machine, circa 1973. It’s in disrepair and multiple pieces, but only 2,570 were ever made.

2001 Super Bowl Champion Ring

When the Pawn Stars came into possession of a 2001 Patriots Super Bowl ring, they managed to snag it for a modest $2,600. The Pawn Stars haven’t unloaded the ring, but similar rings sell on auction sites for approximately $30,000.

No. 3 Gold Piece

In the case of technology, the older it is, the cheaper it is and the less you will want to own it. That is not the case for old coins: They increase in worth as time passes. The most valuable old coin available at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop is an 1859 No. 3 gold piece in mint condition, valued at $2,650.

Grammy Award

A Grammy Award was brought into the shop, but the issue was that its winner had not been world-famous. Ronald Dunbar had been a songwriter and won the award in 1970 for the song “Patches.” The man trying to sell the award wasn’t taking no for an answer, and eventually settled for the princely sum of $2,350.