The Five Biggest Surprises So Far on Beverly Hills Pawn
10.24.13 by Mandy
At the Dina Collection, there is never a shortage of surprises. Whether it's the customers who come in to the store or the items they bring with them, there's no telling what is coming through the door next. In honor of the new episodes of Beverly Hills Pawn that start on November 6th, we thought we'd run down the biggest surprises on the show so far.
1. The Police Auction Cartier Bracelet
When a member of a local county sheriff's posse told Dominique that she had purchased a Cartier charm bracelet at a police auction for 25 bucks, Dom was immediately suspicious. After all, the fakes that are seized by police often end up being auctioned off. Upon closer inspection, it was clear that this piece of jewelry was the real deal, and the happy customer walked away with over $12,000. That is not a bad return on a $25 investment.
2. The Kite-Shaped Diamonds
When a young man brought in a pair of diamond lily pins that his grandfather had given to his grandmother, he knew they had a lot of sentimental value. However he had no idea what kind of monetary value they carried. It turned out that the pair of pins was worth $120 thousand dollars, and Aria promised they'd end up in a good home and extend the pins' romantic legacy.
3. Cushion-Cut Antique Diamond Ring
When a customer brought in an old Cartier ring, she knew it was "the business," and she thought it was worth around $13,000. It turns out that she was way off base about the price, because Dominique insisted she couldn't possibly take it off her hands for less than a hundred and ten thousand dollars. Getting nearly $100,000 more for an item than you thought it was worth? That is one heck of a great surprise.
4. A Michael Jackson Original
So far we've been talking about the happy surprises on the show, but there have been a fair few unhappy surprises as well. When a personal assistant brought in a double-sided original painting by Michael Jackson to sell on behalf of her boss, she said he was hoping to get $1.2 million for it. We're guessing her employer wasn't happy when she returned with the information that Yossi was willing to take in on consignment, but it was only worth around $50,000.
5. The "Picasso"
Owning a sketch from one of the greatest artists of the 20th century would be amazing, but believing you had an original Picasso in your collection and then finding out it is probably fake? That is one unpleasant surprise. Yossi wasn't willing to say that that he knew for sure it wasn't a real Picasso, but Yossi's nose told him that it "smell fake." The unhappy fella was sent off with the painting that may or may not be a Picasso and a recommendation to get a second opinion.