Inside Gold & Silver Pawn (The “Pawn Stars” Shop)


Note: This article was originally published on the Rock Subculture Journal.  I met up with some friends of mine who live in Las Vegas, who, like me, collect original artifacts from film, television, and music. I became acquainted with them years ago through the Original Prop Blog, and they have been huge supporters of my efforts. The History Channel series, Pawn Stars, has been … [Read more...]

Profiles in History Pledges More Transparency; Open Q&A On Website Regarding Provenance, Authenticity, Other Questions


Fong Sam, General Manager at auction house Profiles in History, yesterday published an interesting article on his website about "the concept of auctions as peer review", in response to a question at a panel at C2E2 (where they held their Captain America auction) about "verifying provenance".  While Fong's article covered a number of different topics, and referenced … [Read more...]

Premiere Props ‘Hollywood VIP Auction I’ Catalog Online, Television & Movie Prop and Costume Sale Event April 28th


The online catalog for the Premiere Props "Hollywood VIP Auction I", scheduled for  April 28th, is now listed via online bidding partner iCollector.  The newly branded, one-day auction  one-day auction is advertised as  including over 500 lots from various film and television productions. … [Read more...]

Profiles in History Sells ‘Captain America’ Hero Costume for a Quarter of a Million Dollars… Revenge of the “Hype Premium”? Alternate Explanation?


It would appear that auction house Profiles in History had an unbelievable success with their Captain America: The First Avenger Auction event this past weekend, on behalf of Marvel Studios.  The stand out single sale, of course, was "Lot #154 Captain Amerca complete hero suit", which sold for $233,700 ($190,000 hammer plus $43,700 Buyer's Premium).  Over a quarter of a million … [Read more...]

“The Check That Bought Superman” at Auction (1938 Payment Made by DC Comics to Siegel & Shuster for Character Ownership)


Comic Connect is holding a very special, interesting, and historic auction for "The Check That Bought Superman".  In fact, it is a check written by DC Comics in 1938 to Siegel and Shuster, creators of the character and comic book Superman, for $412, $130 of which was purportedly for the rights to the character. With about a week left at public auction, it is already bid up to … [Read more...]