AUCTION KINGS: Package Outline
Contents:
 Images – slideshow structure pulled from US site when available, images pulled ...
AUCTION KINGS: Package Outline
Baron's auction catalogs up to their standards. After a year or two, he took over all adver...
AUCTION KINGS: Package Outline
2011 EPISODE GUIDE
WACKY TAXI/OLIVER NORTH SWORD
Gallery 63 auctions off a Marine dress swo...
AUCTION KINGS: Package Outline
DINO POO/ANCIENT HEAD PIPE
A paleontologist's package of coprolite (dinosaur poo) amuses th...
AUCTION KINGS: Package Outline
CIVIL WAR TREASURES/19TH CENTURY CAMERA
A family's collection of personal letters, diaries,...
AUCTION KINGS: Package Outline
The Gallery 63 team auctions a vintage fire truck, a 19th-century copy of the Declaration o...
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  1. 1. AUCTION KINGS: Package Outline Contents:  Images – slideshow structure pulled from US site when available, images pulled from Discovery’s in-house asset database  About the Show  Meet the Crew  Episode Guide MISC Images About the Show: http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/auction-kings/about-this-show/about-show.htm Discovery Channel's series Auction Kings delves into the world of unique items — from vampire-hunting kits to meteorites to jewel-encrusted pencils — and the emotional process of their acquisition and loss. Don't miss the thrill of the purchase AND the sale every Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Auction Kings showcases one of the country's most storied auction houses, Gallery 63, in Sandy Springs, Ga. Its owner, Paul Brown, worked for 20 years at Red Baron's Antiques, his dad’s auction house, learning the art of selling and how to tell trash from treasure. Today, Gallery 63 is renowned for bizarre, high-end items — such as a snooker table custom-made for the Rolling Stones — and Paul has made a name for himself as the go-to guy for bidders looking for those one-of-a-kind pieces that can only be found inside his doors. Paul manages his feisty staff, eager buyers and rare items like a circus under the big top. The bidders and sellers come from all walks of life, looking to make money, buy a unique piece or simply enjoy the excitement of winning. When bidding starts, the gloves come off and it's every buyer for himself. And, sure, that ancient hand cannon may be appraised at $5,000 ... but what did it sell for? Don't miss Auction Kings, a celebration of some of history's most rare items, and the intriguing sellers, buyers and experts who love them. Meet the Gallery 63 Crew http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/auction-kings/bios PAUL BROWN, OWNER OF GALLERY 63 Paul Brown grew up never wanting to be in the antiques business. In fact, he was pretty sure he'd be the youngest member of the Rolling Stones ... until the whole "no musical talent" thing sunk in. Instead, Paul went to work at a car wash, where his Renaissance-Man boss encouraged him to study literature. He did just that, earning a bachelor's in English and enrolling in grad school, well on his way to writing the Great American Novel or strolling across a campus quad. After a while, though, his interest in the family business began to grow, and in 1989 Paul started working daily at Red Baron's Antiques, his dad's auction house. Immediately drawn to the academic component of the antiques business, Paul immersed himself in the catalogs of the famous New York auction houses, learning the parlance of the trade, before bringing Red
  2. 2. AUCTION KINGS: Package Outline Baron's auction catalogs up to their standards. After a year or two, he took over all advertising, promotional, research and catalog duties at the company, riding a wave of successes throughout the 1990s and 2000s. But around 2005, a bored Paul grew interested in a new challenge and decided to take over Gallery 63, in Sandy Springs, Ga. Today, Gallery 63 is known for bizarre, high-end items — such as a snooker table custom-made for the Rolling Stones — and Paul has made a name for himself as the go-to guy for bidders looking for those one-of-a-kind pieces that can only be found inside his doors. CINDY SHOOK, THE MANAGER Tough, caffeine-loving Cindy is the heart of Gallery 63. Responsible for handling all inventory, Cindy tags every piece of the 500 lots a week that the auction house takes in. She's also responsible for collecting money from winning bidders, so those who don't pay their bills had better watch out. Cindy and Paul have worked together since the early 1990s, when she started at Red Baron's as a furniture cleaner ... and quickly progressed to the position of head of inventory. Then, years later, Cindy happened to be on personal leave from Red Baron when Paul was assembling his Gallery 63 team. He asked her to come work for him, and she agreed. And, according to Paul, "Thank God she did. It would be exceedingly difficult to function without my right arm. She is a fine person and among the most loyal I have ever met." JON HAMMOND, THE PICKER Jon beat out a field of nearly 100 candidates when he answered a cryptic post on Craigslist for an assistant manager position. The fact that he was an English major in college earned him his first interview. From there, he consistently impressed the Gallery 63 crew, ultimately sealing his job by climbing a rope to the ceiling of the auction room, some 18 feet in the air. Thus Jon was hired and then told, "Oh, by the way, you are also going to be on a television program this fall on Discovery Channel." He handled the news with characteristic aplomb, quickly adapting to the chaos of Gallery 63 under the tutelage of his tough-love mentor, Cindy. And slowly but surely, Jon is learning how to sift through people's junk and find the treasure. DELFINO RAMOS, THE HANDYMAN Fix-it genius Delfino Ramos can take apart, tune up, assemble or rewire anything that comes in ... even things — such as a 90-year-old player piano — he knows nothing about. An employee of Gallery 63 since it opened, Delfino came on as temporary help, but his infectious smile, perpetual good attitude and undeniable talent led Paul to hire him, despite not having an opening at the time. And Paul has never looked back. Always good-natured and calm, Delfino not only can fix anything, he can transform the antiques-strewn floor of Gallery 63 into a bidder-ready auction house in a matter of hours ... and be a pleasure to be around to boot.
  3. 3. AUCTION KINGS: Package Outline 2011 EPISODE GUIDE WACKY TAXI/OLIVER NORTH SWORD Gallery 63 auctions off a Marine dress sword engraved with Oliver North's name and a WWI-era Gibson mandolin. Then a seller takes the crew for a ride in his Wacky Taxi, a 23-ft long cab complete with '50s diner-style interior. BLOW GUN/WOODEN HARLEY In addition to auctioning off an enormous 1800s music box and an all-wood Harley-Davidson motorcycle -- reportedly made by two drunk cabinet makers -- the Gallery 63 crew blows off steam by test-firing an antique South American blow gun. TORTURE/TRAINS Hopeful sellers turn to Gallery 63 to auction off a mystery medical -- and perhaps torture -- device, a centuries-old mini sword made for a nobleman's child and a huge(and expensive) model train layout. SEANCE MACHINE/AIRSTREAM The Gallery 63 crew auctions off an early 1900s seance machine and a regular old trumpet ... or IS it? Then Paul takes a gamble on auctioning a seller's retro home -- an iconic, silver 1975 Airstream trailer. HARLEY SERVI-CAR TRIKE/ITALIAN MULTI-GAME An unusual looking 1947 Harley-Davidson Servi-Car (a three-wheeled motorcycle) rolls up, and Paul jumps at the chance to tool around on it. Jon brings back a rare, vintage British rocking horse from a pick, but Paul's sister Susan worries that it might not rock buyers. Finally the Gallery 63 crew can't resist a friendly wager on a vintage Italian multi-game table. CIGAR-BOY LIGHTER/EINSTEIN LETTER Delfino fires up an antique cigar-boy lighter; Jon gambles on an escritorio, an ornately carved and ivory-inlaid Spanish desk that is more than 400 years old; and Paul takes in a letter handwritten by Albert Einstein to the seller's father. FORTUNE TELLER SCALE/BASEBALL CARDS The Gallery 63 crew takes in a vintage fortune-telling scale, a menagerie of taxidermied animals, and a collection of baseball cards that reveals quite a few namers, famers and rookies. HOUDINI LETTER/OLYMPIC PING PONG Houdini descendent Aron Houdini visits Gallery 63 to authenticate his famous relative's historic letter and perform his own escape-artist trick. Then the Gallery 63 crew also takes in a 1951 Ford F1 and an Atlanta Olympics table tennis set that inspires some friendly competition.
  4. 4. AUCTION KINGS: Package Outline DINO POO/ANCIENT HEAD PIPE A paleontologist's package of coprolite (dinosaur poo) amuses the Gallery 63 crew. Paul Brown hopes the signature on a first-edition Gone With the Wind proves legitimate this time, then visits the mystical Lithia Springs, which yields an ancient skull-shaped jadeite pipe. MOONSHINE STILL/CIVIL WAR IRON KNUCKLES Up for auction: Civil War-era iron knuckles found on a local battlefield, a mini British Mini Cooper, and a family's moonshine still. KING, BLING AND RODEO RING A three-carat, platinum-band ring catches manager Cindy's eye, but it's a humble bull sack purse that inspires her to hold Gallery 63's first mechanical bull rodeo. The Gallery 63 crew also takes in a vintage dive helmet and a ship's binnacle. SPACE ODDITIES Paul Brown heads to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center to collect historic items for a special charity auction sale, including a space suit, an astronaut's work of art and an Apollo 13 pinball machine, signed by both the astronaut and the actor who played him. ELVIS CADILLAC/EDISON LETTERS The King comes to Gallery 63 ... a Cadillac once owned by the King of Rock and Roll, that is. The crew also takes in an authentic flag-themed guitar signed by Bruce Springsteen, then Paul is "enlightened" when he comes across some rare correspondence from Thomas Edison, showing a less-known side of the famous inventor. HAUNTED CABINET/SIGNAL CANNON Paul Brown can't resist test-firing an antique Winchester Signal Cannon to get it ready for auction, and an owner brings in an antique cabinet she thinks is inhabited by her friend's ghost. Finally, to convince Paul to take on his 1974 Grumman airplane with a reserve price of $30,000, the pilot/owner takes Paul on a breath-taking flight. MUSTANG/VINTAGE LUNCH BOXES The crew fires up the engine on the ultimate '60s pony car icon: a red 1965 Mustang. An aspiring teenage antiques dealer sweetens her deal with Cindy by including a free lunch inside her dad's collection of 1970s lunch boxes. And picker Jon takes in possibly the oddest, noisiest instrument Gallery 63 has ever had: a Stumpf fiddle, which curiously bears little resemblance to an actual fiddle.
  5. 5. AUCTION KINGS: Package Outline CIVIL WAR TREASURES/19TH CENTURY CAMERA A family's collection of personal letters, diaries, and documents detailing their ancestor's life as a Civil War infantry captain and a functioning 19th century camera make their way into Gallery 63. Then a seller brings in what he thinks is a Civil War era telescope that he bought at a garage sale for $75, but if it's legitimate, the piece could be one of the rarest items in Gallery 63's history. AWESOME 80s Flipping through the pages of three high school yearbooks, Cindy comes across the familiar faces of Angelina Jolie, Monica Lewinsky and Eric Menendez, while Paul test-drives a MOST EXCELLENT 1982 Corvette. Then, having acquired it from a childhood trade, a seller comes in with an authentic basketball legend's rookie card looking to come out on the better end of that trade 25 years later. Watch video from Awesome 80s. JIM MORRISON POEM/CABBAGE PATCH BABIES A seller looks to make big money from two authentic kids (not "dolls") signed by the original artist, complete with their original adoption papers. Then Paul takes a gamble on a Lomax three-wheel trike from the UK, using it as a big-ticket item at the auction. An authentic handwritten poem and signature from rock legend Jim Morrison could bring in big money for Gallery 63 and the previously homeless seller, who plans to donate the profits to charity. WWII HARLEY-DAVIDSON/1800S GAMBLER'S WATCH-GUN Paul and the Gallery 63 crew help unload a pawn broker's rare World War II Harley-Davidson. A seller's one-dollar find turns out to be an extremely rare piece of baseball history. Paul antes up with his mentor/dad Bob Brown in a bet that a beautiful, but deadly, gambler's watch will far exceed appraisal estimate. DELOREAN TIME MACHINE/SPEAKEASY PIANO Gallery 63 goes back to the future with a DeLorean Time Machine, then uncovers a Prohibition- era piano hiding a secret. With the gallery's booming business, Delfino has his work cut out for him building out the new overflow seating area. Meanwhile, Paul and Cindy shift into the danger zone when they try out a gas-powered pogo stick not meant for kids. OUIJI BOARD/RICHARD PETTY JEEP Up on the block: a 1946 Willys Jeep restored by Richard Petty, a Rock-Ola jukebox, and a Ouija board that becomes the basis for a prank on Cindy. DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE/CONCESSION WAGON
  6. 6. AUCTION KINGS: Package Outline The Gallery 63 team auctions a vintage fire truck, a 19th-century copy of the Declaration of Independence and a Tiffany grandfather clock, as well as races to fix an antique concession wagon that breaks during offload. HAPPY DAYS PINBALL/WALL OF SHAME A vintage slot machine, a pinball machine used on Happy Days and a 1940s Whizzer motorized bicycle all go up for auction. Then Jon takes a World War II Soviet flag to a lab to authenticate its blood stain, and not even Paul can escape Cindy's Wall of Shame for people who don't pay their bills. SHRUNKEN HEAD/MLK LETTER A letter signed by Rev. Martin Luther King and doll furniture created by famous folk artist Howard Finster go on the block; a woman brings in what she believes to be a shrunken head; and Paul enlists his mentor and father, Bob Brown, to help entice Paul's son Elijah to go into the family auction-house business. NAPOLEON MIRROR/WWI BOY SCOUT POSTER Before auctioning off a hand mirror signed by Napoleon and a World War I Boy Scout war bonds poster, Gallery 63 owner Paul Brown calls in his antique-expert sister to shed some light on a mysterious cabinet, and picker Jon Hammond goes all out to impress his boss by helping assemble the upcoming auction's catalog.

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