Pawn Stars: Chum Makes a Really Smart Deal (Season 16) | History

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Pawn Stars: Chum Makes a Really Smart Deal (Season 16) | History
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  • Dude, no one buys anything from me.
  • I mean, it's your face.
  • Hey.
  • How you doing?
  • Good.
  • I'm hoping you can help me with this, a bronze Madonna bust.
  • Go ahead, put it up here.
  • Okey-doke.
  • OK.
  • Whoa, you're strong.
  • Look at you, man.
  • [LAUGHS]
  • CHUMLEE: Well, that's not Madonna the pop singer.
  • Not at all.
  • [LAUGHS] I have an exact cast of Michelangelo's Madonna bust,
  • licensed by the Vatican.
  • They sell for $80,000 if they're legit.
  • And mine is totally legit.
  • If I get what I want for this, I'm gonna let my wife renovate
  • the kitchen however she wants.
  • CHUMLEE: This is pretty cool, man.
  • This is supposed to be the Virgin Mary, right?
  • RICHARD: Correct.
  • It comes from the "Pieta" made by Michelangelo.
  • The original is in the Vatican.
  • CHUMLEE: It's really cool.
  • It looks like it's in really good condition.
  • Does it have any markings or anything like that on it?
  • It does.
  • It's got the seal--
  • the license from the Vatican.
  • CHUMLEE: 154 out of 500?
  • RICHARD: That's it.
  • So the mold was relatively new when they casted this one.
  • You know, sometimes the earlier the mold,
  • the better the casting's gonna be.
  • So that's good.
  • You got that going for you there.
  • It's a beautiful piece.
  • How much were you hoping to get?
  • $80,000.
  • That's what it's valued at.
  • Holy cow.
  • Yeah, I got no idea.
  • I know the original is iconic, but this
  • is just like a mold of that.
  • I've got a few questions about it,
  • so I'm definitely gonna have to have
  • someone come take a look at it.
  • Yeah.
  • CHUMLEE: Do you have a few minutes to hang out?
  • Got all day. Take your time.
  • CHUMLEE: All right. I'll be right back.
  • RICHARD: All right. Thanks.
  • This is a real piece, and so I'm happy for anybody
  • to come in and inspect it.
  • They're just gonna prove that it is what it is.
  • CHUMLEE: Hey, Chad.
  • Hey, Chum.
  • Looking good, man.
  • How you doing?
  • CHAD: Looking slim, man.
  • Hey, you know.
  • [LAUGHS]
  • Trying to get like Madonna.
  • Ah.
  • So you have a "Madonna del Pieta."
  • CHUMLEE: What do you think about it?
  • It's absolutely fantastic.
  • You don't see these a lot of times.
  • There's not a ton of them that come on the market.
  • Michelangelo himself considered this work,
  • and of course the David, his two greatest works.
  • And it's an exact reproduction of Michelangelo's
  • "Madonna del Pieta."
  • This is the only piece that Michelangelo ever signed,
  • and they say the reason he did it is there were tourists even
  • back in his day that went to the Vatican,
  • and they identified it as a different work.
  • And he heard them, and he carved his name right into it.
  • CHUMLEE: Well, that's pretty cool.
  • This is absolutely legitimate.
  • This is the original New Renaissance that was
  • commissioned by the Vatican.
  • It's fantastic.
  • So what does he want for it?
  • He's asking $80,000.
  • Tell me what you think.
  • I think that's too high.
  • This artwork on the secondary market, in a gallery,
  • it's right around $35,000.
  • But they're selling for $80,000.
  • If you get it from New Renaissance, it's $80,000.
  • However, there are some on the secondary market,
  • and the secondary market's bearing right around $35,000.
  • So it's worth $80,000, just not today.
  • CHAD: Yeah, not today.
  • But the workmanship is fantastic,
  • and there's no doubt this is one of the pieces
  • that New Renaissance issued initially.
  • OK.
  • Well, I appreciate you coming down.
  • Hey, thanks, Chum.
  • Take it easy.
  • I'm looking at like $20,000.
  • Ew.
  • $25,000?
  • $23,000 is-- is--
  • is where I feel comfortable.
  • OK.
  • I got a deal for you.
  • I'm like the barter king, so I trade for everything.
  • I saw you had 100 pounds of silver,
  • and that's about $24,000, if my math is correct.
  • It'll get it out of your way.
  • You'll get this out of my way.
  • Yeah, so long as the math checks out, I can do that deal.
  • - OK. - All right.
  • Let's check it.
  • Meet me up at the counter and I'll bust the calculator out
  • and figure out where we're at.
  • Thank you very much.
  • Sounds good.
  • I'm making this deal because I'm gonna show Rick
  • how to buy something with something in the shop,
  • and then turn around and make a profit bigger than the profit I
  • could've made if I paid cash.
  • Nice doing business with you.
  • Thank you very much.
  • I love it.
  • Out we go.
  • [LAUGHS]
  • CHUMLEE: This guy came in, had a bronze Madonna bust for sale.
  • Did someone check this thing out?
  • Yeah, Chad checked it out.
  • OK.
  • But you're missing the point of it, OK?
  • He wanted $24,000 for it, but he didn't want cash.
  • He wanted to trade something for it.
  • So me, having a brilliant thought process that I have,
  • decided to trade silver.
  • OK.
  • CHUMLEE: And since you've been gone,
  • silver's been down so much that we made an extra $3,000.
  • How did you know silver was gonna go down?
  • When you have a talent, you have a talent, Rick.
  • And mine's making you money.
  • COREY: No, no, he got lucky.
  • Do I look lucky to you?
  • No.
  • That's skill.
  • This is pure genius.
  • COREY: By the way, I did not approve this transaction
  • in any way, shape, or form.
  • I'm gonna go get his opinion on what's
  • gonna happen next week.
  • What?
  • RICK: Chumlee.

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Chumlee takes a look at a reproduction of Michelangelo's Madonna bust and sees an opportunity to bring the shop some extra profit in this clip from Season 16, Episode 11, "He Shoots, He Pawns".

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