Febuary 11, 2013
AT&T U-verse On Demand
In the episode of Pawn-stars 01-14 “Herd that” a lady came in with a Manhattan Project Souvenir from 1945. The Manhattan Project was a top secret plan to develop the atomic bomb. The project required 30,000 people to complete and cost two billion dollars, or about twenty-five billion dollars in today’s money. This project was so top secret the newly elected president, who was previously vice-president, didn’t even know about it. When people were hired to construct a part of the bomb they had no idea what they were constructing the part for. The souvenir itself is still currently radioactive.
An expert, Mark Allen, was consulted. Mark concluded that the souvenir was legitimate because the brass bottom and engraved lettering was consistent with the time period. However he said that there were a lot of these souvenirs made. Mark did not give an estimated price, so the owner of the souvenir started at ten thousand dollars. Cory Harrison thought this was much too steep because even though the item was uncommon, it was not considered to be rare. Cory made a returning offer of one thousand dollars. She said that was much too low for her so he bumped it up to two thousand dollars. She stated the lowest she would go was sixty-five hundred, but Cory insisted on staying at two thousand. When they both realized there was no way they would come to an agreeing price, the owner of the souvenir left empty handed.
Also in the same episode of Pawn-stars 01-14 “Herd that” a man came in with several antique pickle casters that were manufactured during the Victorian age. In the late 1800s refrigeration did not exist so the easiest way to preserve food was by pickling. In this time the rich had fancy casters made to put on the table during dinner time. These particular pickle casters are over 150 years old and had hand painted details. The owner started at fifteen hundred, but of course Rick Harrison...
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