‘Pawn Stars’: Rick Harrison & Chumlee Examine Handwritten Letters From Albert Einstein in Incredible Moment

by John Jamison

Over the 600-plus and 19 seasons of “Pawn Stars,” some pretty crazy stuff has made its way through the doors of the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. On the most recent episode of the show, one of those things appeared. Someone brought in what are reportedly handwritten letters from the one and only Albert Einstein.

Rick Harrison posted a behind-the-scenes photo to his Instagram account. The picture shows him standing by Chumlee’s side, explaining something related to the letters on the table beneath them.

Fans of “Pawn Stars” may remember an episode from Season 15 when Rick and Corey encountered another Einstein item. It was far from a full hand-written letter, but it was significant nonetheless. A man brought in a small piece of paper that sported some math equations supposedly scribbled by Albert Einstein. After having the document vetted, everything seemed to check out. Unfortunately, Rick’s offer was far too low for the seller.

Holding onto the document may have proven to be a wise decision for the seller, however. While it’s no personal address and doesn’t have a signature, other Einstein documents have sold for mind-boggling amounts at auction. In fact, one of the known examples of his famous equation for special relativity, E=mc2, sold for $1.2 million at auction recently.

Of course, that specific document is likely one of the most valuable that Einstein ever produced. But based on that price, it’s not crazy to think the value of his handwritten letters is in the hundreds of thousands.

Do the ‘Pawn Stars’ Ever Get Tricked Into Buying Counterfeit Items?

The short answer is yes, absolutely. Careful as Rick, Corey, and Chumlee try to be, there are people out there who can produce convincing fakes for near anything. Fortunately, this doesn’t happen too often. Obviously, they take steps to mitigate that kind of thing, whether it means bringing in an expert or having materials physically tested.

That being said, there is one particular employee that has a reputation for getting duped. At least, he did before “Pawn Stars” came along. In an April interview with Looper, Chumlee talked about who made the most blunders when it comes to authenticity.

“Definitely me for sure, especially before “Pawn Stars.’ I worked at the night window and I bought quite a few Rolexes. It actually came to the point where if the Rolex hadn’t been in three times, or unless the customers are really good customers that we do business with, I either had to call Corey or Rick for permission at 1 or 2 in the morning or just pass on it,” Chumlee said.

Fortunately, the “Pawn Stars” are in a position now where they can afford to make a few mistakes. At the same time, they get better at identifying things with each passing day.