The first guy was a repeat customer who came in with an old rifle. Rick said the firing mechanism for the gun was very peculiar and dangerous. The guy said it was from the 1500s. The gun had a very long barrel, but the hammer did not work. The rest of the gun was in terrible shape. Rick’s gun experts were out of town so he took a shot and bought it for $500. The guy paid $50 for the gun and Rick bought it because it was so weird looking. Rick then had to do some research to see if he made the right deal, but he wanted to do it himself. Rick was stumped and finally had to call in his gun expert Jemison. Jemison said it was a gun used in Africa, but not until the gun was out of date. He valued the gun at $400-500 and only as a wall hanging relic. Rick decided to keep the gun and put it on the wall in his office.
The next guy had a collection of various vintage Pin Backs. The collection had a lot of sports themed pictures and were from the 1930s and 40s. The guy had about 70 pins and there were some very unique pins. Rick called in an expert to see if there was a market for the pins because the guy wanted $7500 for the collection. Expert Jeremy came in and declared the pins a great collection from the 1040s through the 1960s. The condition was rough on some and a few items were worth much more than others. Jeremy made the total value around $2500, which seemed very low. Rick offered $1500, which is what the guy originally paid for them and they made the deal.
Another guy came in with a 1973 Leroy Neiman painting called “Love story”. Neiman was known for being a world renowned sports artist and he is still alive. He did 5 Olympics and his earlier works are the most valuable. Corey was concerned about the value because of the signature, so he called in the art expert Brett. Neiman even had many pieces of his art appear on covers of Playboy magazines. The expert said the piece was authentic, but it had some major discoloration. The value was decided to be $1200. The seller was upset by the expert’s value and Corey offered $800. They made a deal and Corey was happy with the buy.
UPDATE: Famed painter Leroy Neiman passed away at the age of 91 shortly after this episode aired. Read Full story here
Another guy brought in a WWII Bomber’s helmet. The primitive leather helmet was very small. Bombers had to run 25 missions before they were allowed to come home from war and the chances of doing that was determined at only 29%. Corey said there was definitely a market for the piece, but the two were very far apart on their prices. Corey went $250 as his max and the guy took the deal.
Trivia of the show: Which famous literary figure entertained fellow U.S. troops with his cartoons during WWII? (Answer below)
Trivia answer: Hugh Hefner