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‘Hardcore Pawn’ oversees the ‘Million Dollar Deal – Part 1’ on Tru-TV

The king of deals, Les Gold of Hardcore Pawn
The king of deals, Les Gold of Hardcore Pawn
"Photo courtesy of Tru-TV, used with permission”

Last night's episode of "Hardcore Pawn," was titled “Million-Dollar Dollar Deal – Part 1.” Detroit's famous American Jewelry and Loan is the pawn shop that is never without some sort of conflict, angry people and ongoing sibling and family rivalry.

As the episode begins, a man and woman come in with a fur coat. The man is doing the deal, and he is not letting his wife talk. Ashley brought him down a few pegs, when he found out the coat was not worth much, so he settled for $70.

A muscular guy told Les that this piece of junk he bought a few days ago, called an AbLounger is broken. Does he have a receipt? Of course not! Subsequently, he starts threatening Les, so Byron comes to stand by. The guy gets annoyed at Byron and takes a punch at him, which Byron intercepts and then he and his assistant walk him out of the shop.

A man wheels in some paintings in frames and introduces himself as Troy Hutchins and the woman with him is Dina. They claim they have original paintings by famous artists, like Picasso and Chagall. They claim to purchase estates without seeing what is in it, and they claim the paintings are worth $1.4 million. Les does not claim to know much about paintings, but he states that if one of them are real, it could be the deal of the century. They have decided they want $450,000 for the lot. Seth asks if they can hold them overnight and check them out themselves. They agree and leave the shop. Les and Seth are skeptical because they are asking less than half of the value of the paintings. Les and his kids are trying to connect the dots, as they claim to have purchased them at estates, when some appraisal dates are not coinciding with his story.

When Bobby J and Karen are behind the counter together, a man with a monkey puppet that is seventeen years old, he shows what he paid for him back then and wants more than it is worth. When Bobby J offers him less than $50, the monkey smacks his bald head. No deal!

Les is trying to track down info about the paintings, and he calls the auction house that supposedly authenticated a painting. They claim they never heard of Troy Hutchins and did not do this job. Ashley knows someone who can come in and check out the paintings.

A woman comes in to pick up her computer, which was pawned and long overdue. The law states that if after ninety days, the minimum of the interest is not paid, the item becomes the property of the pawn shop. She calls Karen a bitch and gets an escort out of the door.

When Ashley’s friend comes to check out the paintings, he tells them the Picasso, Chagall and Van Gogh paintings are genuine, and he would pay $450,000 for them, because they could be worth two to three million on this first of the two-part of "Hardcore Pawn."

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