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

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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

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Fong Sam, General Manager at auction house Profiles in History, yesterday published an interesting article on his haxbee.com 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

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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?

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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)

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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...]