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The Shop Scores Secretariat's Horseshoe on 'Pawn Stars' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 6th 2011 6:00PM
Secretariat's shoe on 'Pawn Stars'On Monday's 'Pawn Stars' (Mondays, 10PM on History), a customer brought the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop what he said was a horseshoe worn by Secretariat. If it were a genuine item, it would be a real catch for the guys at the shop, but it needed to be authenticated. So Corey Harrison and the Old Man brought in their expert to check it out.

The customer had a letter signed by Penny Chenery, Secretariat's owner, and the expert said he could establish that the letter had been sent from Chenery's daughter's house in New York. The shoe also had marks consistent with the brand of horseshoe that Secretariat had worn. The big test, according to the expert, was whether it was a race shoe or a farm shoe: race shoes are aluminum and farm shoes are steel.

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Porsche Engine Owner Disputes Expert Mechanic's Assessment on 'Pawn Stars' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 16th 2011 6:20PM
The owner of a Porsche engine and expert mechanic Danny Koker on 'Pawn Stars'Rick Harrison trusts his experts more than he trusts his potential sellers. That's the way he has to run his business on 'Pawn Stars' (Mondays, 10PM on History). That reality came as a shock to the owner of a Porsche 911 Carrera engine., when Danny Koker, Harrison's expert mechanic, said the engine might be damaged.

Koker saw some surface rust, and deduced from the fact that none of the compartments were closed that there was also likely damage inside the engine. "What's going on on the surface is going to be going on, to an extent, inside," said Kokel. "And that's the unknown." The engine's owner didn't like that and flat out called Kokel's assessment wrong, saying it was a good engine.

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Rick Tests Out a Revolving Cannon From the 1870s on 'Pawn Stars' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 9th 2011 3:15PM
Rick Harrison tries out a Hotchkiss revolving cannon on 'Pawn Stars'When Rick Harrison got his first look at the Hotchkiss .37 millimeter revolving cannon on 'Pawn Stars' (Mondays, 10PM on History), he said it looked "like hellfire and damnation." Anyone facing down the weapon when it was used in the 1870s might have felt the same way. Harrison was looking at the cannon as a potential investment, and got to try it out with live ammunition.

Harrison turned the crank and fired the weapon at a bunch of water-filler barrels, hitting the targets with a force that impressed him. But it was the last barrel, rigged with explosives, that was the clincher. When Harrison hit it, the barrel exploded into a high cloud. Rick was giggling like a school kid the whole time.

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Massive 'Stark Trek' Collection for Sale on 'Pawn Stars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 2nd 2011 6:19AM
'Pawn Stars'Hardcore 'Star Trek' fans had to be salivating at the collection that walked into the shop on 'Pawn Stars' (Mon., 10PM ET on History). The owner had a massive collection of figures of varying sizes, and many of them were signed by the stars of the various shows and movies.

Corey brought in an expert to appraise it after hearing the $14,000 opening offer from the seller. After the appraisal came in at $8-9,000, the negotiations began.

The owner tried playing on Corey's sympathy by telling him he has a wedding to pay for, but Corey wasn't playing that game. "It's not my issue, man," he said. "You can get married for 99 cents in the Prius right down the street."

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Rick Surprises the Old Man With a '57 Chevy for His 70th Birthday on 'Pawn Stars' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 12th 2011 5:15PM
Rick buys the Old Man a '57 Chevy on 'Pawn Stars'Rick Harrison is used to picking up old items on 'Pawn Stars' (Mondays, 10PM on History Channel). Usually, they're a lot smaller than the '57 Chevy 150 he bought for the Old Man, his father Richard Harrison, who's part owner of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas where the show takes place.

Rick did a good job of setting up the surprise. As they walked through the shop where the car was being held, Richard said, "Rick, there's some nice cars here. You could have got me one for my birthday," and called him a "cheap ass" for only springing for biscuits and gravy. But when they rounded a corner, they were met by a couple dozen people, bunches of balloons, and the classic car, beautifully restored.

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History Looking to Spinoff 'Pawn Stars' With East Coast Editions

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 3rd 2010 10:30AM
'Pawn Stars''Pawn Stars' is looking to take the nation by storm.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network may spinoff its top-rated reality series 'Pawn Stars' with editions in Miami and New York, a la 'CSI' and the 'Real Housewives.' (No word yet on whether they're looking for a store owner with a penchant for cheesy one-liners and sunglasses.)

A network rep declined to comment, says the report. The show follows the Harrison family in and around their Las Vegas-based pawn shop.

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The History Channel dilutes its brand with even more reality shows

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 2nd 2009 9:30AM
Ice Road TruckersI can't even blame the cable networks for this anymore. The History Channel is expanding its repertoire of reality programs as a direct response to the record ratings they've seen with the ones they have now. What do we expect them to do when we don't show up to watch until they throw Ice Road Truckers and Pawn Stars at us? Apparently, we don't want history on the History Channel.

They've heard us, which is why The History Channel is bringing us more reality, starting with a spi-off of the aforementioned Truckers. Extreme Trucking will travel the world looking for the most treacherous roadways anywhere, and the brave men and women who drive them.

We can also look forward to traveling the US with Pickers, as people hunt for rare artifacts. And we'll get down and dirty with a 61-year old feud at a North Carolina NASCAR track with Madhouse. Even more unusual is Sliced, a series where objects are cut in half so we can see what they look like. Hey, if they cut a tree in half we can look at the history of it!

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