'Pawn Stars': Man's original Keith Haring pieces are worth a small fortune

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'Pawn Stars': Man Receives Small Fortune For Original Keith Haring Artwork

On "Pawn Stars," a man brought in two Keith Haring art pieces which ended up being worth a small fortune.
'Pawn Stars': Man's original Keith Haring pieces are worth a small fortune
In this Wednesday, April 3, 2013, photo, cameraman Mark Matusiak shoots a scene between Chumlee, second from left, Corey Harrison, and customer Gene McCauliff of Las Vegas, for the reality tv series Pawn Stars, Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Las Vegas. Pawn sales at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop bring in about $20 million a year, up from the $4 million a year it made before the show aired.Turning small business owners into stars has become a winning formula for television producers, but the businesses featured in the shows are cashing in, too. Sales explode after just a few episodes have aired, transforming nearly unknown small businesses into household names. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
In this Wednesday, April 3, 2013, photo, customers wait in a line that stretches down the block to enter the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, in Las Vegas. Pawn sales at the shop, which is featured in the television reality show Pawn Stars, bring in about $20 million a year, up from the $4 million a year it made before the show aired. Turning small business owners into stars has become a winning formula for television producers, but the businesses featured in the shows are cashing in, too. Sales explode after just a few episodes have aired, transforming nearly unknown small businesses into household names. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 16: History's Pawn Stars Chumlee and Richard Harris drive down the Las Vegas strip with the cast of PAWN SHOP LIVE! to the Riviera Hotel & Casino on April 16, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) TV personality Rick Harrison visits the SiriusXM Studios on March 20, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 30: (L-R) Corey 'Big Hoss' Harrison, Austin 'Chumlee' Russell, Richard 'The Old Man' Harrison and Rick Harrison arrive at the opening of 'Pawn Shop Live!,' a parody of History's 'Pawn Stars' television series, at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino on January 30, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/WireImage)
KATIE - 5/3/13- 'Katie's Vegas Adventure: Katie gets a personal item appraised by the cast of 'Pawn Stars,' airing Friday, May 3, and distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. (Photo by Ronda Churchill/Disney-ABC via Getty Images) KATIE COURIC, CHUMLEE RUSSELL, COREY HARRISON, RICK HARRISON, RICHARD 'OLD MAN' HARRISON
KATIE - 5/3/13- 'Katie's Vegas Adventure: Katie gets a personal item appraised by the cast of 'Pawn Stars,' airing Friday, May 3, and distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. (Photo by Ronda Churchill/Disney-ABC via Getty Images) KATIE COURIC, COREY HARRISON, RICK HARRISON
In this Wednesday, April 3, 2013, photo, cameraman Joe Murgia, right, shoots a close-up of Michael Jordan memorabilia which was brought in to the Gold & Silver Pawn shop for an episode of the reality tv series Pawn Stars, in Las Vegas. Pawn sales at the shop, which is featured in the television reality show Pawn Stars, bring in about $20 million a year, up from the $4 million a year it made before the show aired. Turning small business owners into stars has become a winning formula for television producers, but the businesses featured in the shows are cashing in, too. Sales explode after just a few episodes have aired, transforming nearly unknown small businesses into household names. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
In this Wednesday, April 3, 2013, photo, visitors to the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop take a closer look at various college and professional sports championship rings on display, in Las Vegas. Pawn sales at the shop, which is featured in the television reality show Pawn Stars, bring in about $20 million a year, up from the $4 million a year it made before the show aired.Turning small business owners into stars has become a winning formula for television producers, but the businesses featured in the shows are cashing in, too. Sales explode after just a few episodes have aired, transforming nearly unknown small businesses into household names. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Customers wait in a line that stretches down the block to enter the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Las Vegas. Pawn sales at the shop, which is featured in the television reality show Pawn Stars, bring in about $20 million a year, up from the $4 million a year it made before the show aired. Turning small business owners into stars has become a winning formula for television producers, but the businesses featured in the shows are cashing in, too. Sales explode after just a few episodes have aired, transforming nearly unknown small businesses into household names. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Rick Harrison from "Pawn Stars" attends the A+E Networks 2013 Upfront on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
In this Wednesday, April 3, 2013, photo, visitors to the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop take a closer look at various college and professional sports championship rings on display, in Las Vegas. Pawn sales at the shop, which is featured in the television reality show Pawn Stars, bring in about $20 million a year, up from the $4 million a year it made before the show aired.Turning small business owners into stars has become a winning formula for television producers, but the businesses featured in the shows are cashing in, too. Sales explode after just a few episodes have aired, transforming nearly unknown small businesses into household names. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 16: The cast of PAWN SHOP LIVE! Kady Heard, Garret Grant, Chumlee, Troy Tinker, Sidney Kounkle, Gus Langley, Sean Critchfield, Anita Bean, History's Pawn Stars Richard Harris, Rob Kunkel and Derek Stonebarger arrive at the Riviera Hotel & Casino on April 16, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
These drawings ended up being worth nearly $50,000 --- each.
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APPRAISER: "I could see them in a gallery in New York in the $40-000-$50,000 range.
MAN: "Each?"
APPRAISER: "Each."
MAN: "Yes."

Keith Haring was an American artist and social activist who was best known for his graffiti-inspired drawings.

The appraiser said Haring's artwork fell into the same category as Andy Warhol, and therefore, they're worth a pretty penny. Rick called the drawings very valuable pieces of art history from one of the world's first fine art cartoonists.
'Pawn Stars': Man's original Keith Haring pieces are worth a small fortune
A woman photographs three pieces by artist Keith Haring, Untitled, 1982 (L), 'Smiling Face' 1982 (C) and 'Valentine for LAII' ca. 1985 (R) in the exhibition 'City as Canvas: GraffitiArt from the Martin Wong Collection' at the Museum of the City of New York February 3, 2014 in New York. It is the first exhibition of 1970s and 80s graffiti art amassed by artist and pioneering collector Martin Wong, who donated the entire collection to the City Museum in 1994. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, MANDATORY CREDIT OF THE ARTIST, TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on October 21, 2013 shows the building known as 'La Tour' in Paris, covered with Keith Haring's 'Liberty Banner', a 27-meter high painted tarpaulin, created by the US artist and children for the centenary of the Statue of Liberty. Artists from all over the world occupy the building's 36 flats to create 'street Art works'. Gallerist Mehdi ben Cheikh is behind this 'ephemeral' event and the exibition 'Tour Paris 13', set for demolition in 2014, is opened to the public since October 1 and until October 31, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION, TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
Socialist candidate to the municipal elections in Paris Anne Hidalgo looks at Tokyo Pop Shop (Container) (1988) an artwork by US artist Keith Haring (Fondation, NY) on April 27, 2013 at the '104' artistic institution in Paris. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 18: Visitors attend the Keith Haring Exhibition during a press preview at Musee d'Art Moderne on April 18, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 18: A visitor standing in front of a Keith Harring painting during a press preview at Musee d'Art Moderne on April 18, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 18: General views of the Keith Haring Exhibition during a press preview at Musee d'Art Moderne on April 18, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 18: General views of the Keith Haring Exhibition during a press preview at Musee d'Art Moderne on April 18, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 18: General views of the Keith Haring Exhibition during a press preview at Musee d'Art Moderne on April 18, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 18: General views of the Keith Haring Exhibition during a press preview at Musee d'Art Moderne on April 18, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 18: General views of the Keith Haring Exhibition during a press preview at Musee d'Art Moderne on April 18, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 18: General views of the Keith Haring Exhibition during a press preview at Musee d'Art Moderne on April 18, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 18: General views of the Keith Haring Exhibition during a press preview at Musee d'Art Moderne on April 18, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 18: General views of the Keith Haring Exhibition during a press preview at Musee d'Art Moderne on April 18, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
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