If there’s one golden rule in Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, it’s don’t question the experts. Unfortunately for Pawn Stars host Rick Harrison, some sellers will always think they know more about their item than anyone else.
Understandably, the high-value collectibles that come into the store have some emotional attachment involved. Although we may not know why the seller is letting go of the piece, we can imagine that there’s some greater cause that needs hefty funding, like, say, a new fishing boat or some extra cushioning for the retirement loan. Regardless of the reason, the seller ultimately has to part with a sentimental item which can sometimes be worth more to them than it ever would be to anyone else.
As we know, Harrison is a strict, no-nonsense businessman (except when it comes to Steve McQueen memorabilia). So, when he makes an offer, there are no emotions involved. Most of the time, that means that the offer is going to be far less than the perceived value.
That’s when things get messy.
Watch what happens when a customer doesn’t agree with the appraisal for his signed Led Zeppelin album.
‘Pawn Stars’ Owner Rick Harrison Lets Rare Album Walk
During the Season 13 episode, Pawn Stars shop owner Rick Harrison meets a man with an extraordinary piece of musical history – an album with all four signatures from the members of Led Zeppelin. Known as the “grandfathers” of heavy metal, the 70s band serves as an inspiration to countless rock bands and musicians. Needless to say, if these signatures were authentic, the item would be worth a pretty penny – just not quite as pretty as the current owner had hoped.
The seller originally asked for $22,000, confident that the signatures were real and that the piece was a must-have for any die-hard Led Zeppelin collector. There was just one problem. Guitarist and founder of the band Jimmy Page signed on the front, whereas the remaining three members signed on the back of the album. While this might not seem like a huge flaw, it does dampen the value. Collectors would want to display the album with all four signatures boasted on the same side. So, already, Harrison seemed to know that the seller would be disappointed with the price.
When the expert signature analyst priced the item at $10,000 to $12,000, that’s when the seller saw red. A fairly mild-mannered guy, the owner of the album cussed out the expert in a confessional following the interaction. Despite the appraisal, the seller wouldn’t go lower than $17,500. Unfortunately for him, the Pawn Stars shop owner wasn’t going to dish out that much, and so, the Led Zeppelin album left the store.