You never know what you may see when watching an episode of Pawn Stars. Unique and one-of-a-kind items often come through the pawn shop’s doors. That was the case earlier this year when someone brought in a rare silver bust of Julius Caesar looking to sell it.
There’s no telling what type of items viewers will see on a weekly basis. Customers bring a wide assortment of goods to the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. The shop originally focused heavily on gold, silver, and rare coins during its early days, hence the name of the store. But over the years, owner Rick Harrison, his son Corey Harrison, and longtime family friend Austin “Chumlee” Russell have branched out.
Pawn Stars fans have seen a bit of everything since the hit show debuted on the History Channel in 2009. 18 seasons of the show later and counting, and you’d think fans had seen it all. That’s not even close to being the case, as proved once again by a Season 18 episode titled “Pawn Shop Rock” from April.
In a clip from the episode, a seller wants a huge sum of money for his solid silver Julius Caesar bust. The seller told Corey he’s looking to get a whopping $75,000 for it. It’s made out of 500 ounces of silver, but Corey isn’t quite sure about the price tag, so he calls in an expert.
As the expert gives his take, he shares that only 99 of the rare pieces were ever produced. He revealed that the bust did sell for around $75,000, but suggested that Corey pay no more than $50,000 for it. After a short discussion, Corey agrees to buy the Julius Caesar bust for $40,000.
‘Pawn Stars’ Shop Owner Rick Harrison Has Been Selling Items His Whole Life
Rick Harrison and his father the “Old Man” Richard Harrison wanted to establish a new pawn shop in Las Vegas in the 1980s. However, it took years to just get a pawnshop license before they were able to open their doors to what would become their Pawn Stars shop.
“The good-ol’ boys, back in the ’50s, figured we’ve got our pawn shops, we don’t want any competition,” Rick explained, according to Las Vegas Weekly. “So they passed a law saying that they would issue one more pawn license when there are 250,000 people in the city of Las Vegas. This was when there were only 20,000 people in Las Vegas and nobody ever thought it would get to 250,000. But lo and behold, in 1988, I was the first to get a license.”
Even though the Old Man and Rick started their pawn shop in the late ’80s, Harrison says he’s been making deals for cash almost his whole life. In fact, he’s been buying and selling items since he was a teenager.
“I discovered at age 13 that if a spoon had ‘Sterling’ on the back, it was worth money,” Rick said. “I’d run around a swap meet and find 20 in a day, make 75 to 100 bucks by finding silver spoons. Yeah, I’ve been doing this my whole life.”