Deals, Steals, and My Life at the Gold & Silver
On Sale: June 7, 2011
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In Las Vegas, there's a family-owned business called the
Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, run by three generations of the
Harrison family: Rick; his son, Big Hoss; and Rick's dad,
the Old Man. Now License to Pawn takes readers behind the
scenes of the hit History show Pawn Stars and shares the
fascinating life story of its star, Rick Harrison, and the
equally intriguing story behind the shop, the customers, and
the items for sale.
Rick hasn't had it easy. He was a math whiz at an early age,
but developed a similarly uncanny ability to find
ever-deepening trouble that nearly ruined his life. With the
birth of his son, he sobered up, reconnected with his dad,
and they started their booming business together.
License to Pawn also offers an entertaining walk through the
pawn shop's history. It's a captivating look into how the
Gold & Silver works, with incredible stories about the crazy
customers and the one-of-a-kind items that the shop sells.
Rick isn't only a businessman; he's also a historian and
keen observer of human nature. For instance, did you know
that pimps wear lots of jewelry for a reason? It's because
if they're arrested, jewelry doesn't get confiscated like
cash does, and ready money will be available for bail. Or
that WWII bomber jackets and Zippo lighters can sell for a
freakishly high price in Japan? Have you ever heard that the
makers of Ormolu clocks, which Rick sells for as much as
$15,000 apiece, frequently died before forty thanks to the
mercury in the paint?
Rick also reveals the items he loves so much he'll never
sell. The shop has three Olympic bronze medals, a Patriots
Super Bowl ring, a Samurai sword from 1490, and an original
Iwo Jima battle plan. Each object has an incredible story
behind it, of course. Rick shares them all, and so much
more--there's an irresistible treasure trove of history
behind both the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop and the life of Rick
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