'Pawn Stars:' Book owned by Thomas Jefferson rakes in $50K

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'Pawn Stars:' Book Owned by Thomas Jefferson Rakes in $50K


On Sunday night's episode of "Pawn Stars," shop owner Rick Harrison had one of his most intense negotiations yet.

And it was over this copy of "Jay's Treaty" owned by Thomas Jefferson.

"$50,000," the seller said on "Pawn Stars."

"Oh my God," said Rick Harrison.

"You can have it for $50,000, I'll walk out of here," said the seller.

"Let me have it for $48,000," said Harrison.

"No, it's got to be $50,000, I can't go below $50,000," said the seller.

"Oh my God," said Harrison.


Yes, even though the book was valued at around $75,000, Rick and the seller went back and forth several times before they agreed on a price tag of $50,000.

But it was still quite the profit for the seller. His great-great grandfather bought the book years ago at Jefferson's estate sale for just 15 cents.

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Books from Jefferson's private collection rarely are seen on the market.

But when they do make an appearance, they really grab some attention, like back in 2011 when 74 volumes were discovered at Washington University in St. Louis.

But with the way Rick looked during this negotiation, we had to wonder - did he really just want the book? Or is it a sign that his job might be taking a toll on him?

He recently told CBS he's only planning on keeping up with his two shows, "Pawn Stars" and "Pawnography," for the next couple of years. "I can't work 12 hours a day, every day for too long before it burns out."

But we have to think, with an expected $25,000 profit on just this item alone, Rick might have to break the old "happy wife happy life" proverb.

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