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...]

Vintage Poster Scandal Update: Judge Sentences Kerry Haggard to over 6 years in Federal Prison and Orders to Pay $1,380,000 in Restitution to Victims


This is an update to the ongoing series of articles into various claims and charges of fraud in the posters, one sheets, and lobby cards art market that have rocked the collectibles industry over the past two and a half years. Today, per reports from Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, the Athens Banner-Herald, and other mainstream media sources, Kerry Haggard was sentenced by … [Read more...]

Judge Sentences eBay Entertainment Memorabilia Dealer to over 8 years in Federal Prison and Orders to Pay Nearly $175,000 in Restitution to Victims


As reported on last year (see "eBay Entertainment Memorabilia Dealer Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges in U.S. District Court"), eBay entertainment memorabilia dealer David Bruce Shyrock plead guilty to fraud charges in federal after defrauding over 1,200 eBay users out of nearly $175,000 by selling memorabilia with forged autographs on the popular online auction website.  Today, … [Read more...]

Announcement: The Rock Subculture Journal


As I mentioned in my Original Prop Blog Five Year Anniversary article published a few days ago, one of the projects I have been working on is a new website for music. Today, this site has launched as the Rock Subculture Journal, which can be found at:  My objective is to publish articles about collecting original rock and pop music memorabilia (much as I … [Read more...]