Guys From 'Pawn Stars' (Almost) Score Rare Edition of Thoreau's 'Walden'

Guys from 'Pawn Stars' nearly make big literary score

via Huffington Post

On Monday we learned that the blokes from Pawn Stars (ugh that title) almost found themselves quite a literary score: A first edition of Walden by Henry David Thoreau.

Going price? Around $25,000!

Alas, it was not to be. It was a first edition, but an English first edition (ha! those losers couldn't even tell the difference?!), which is not as rare, and therefore not as valuable. They ended up getting $100. 

I can't get the video to embed, so you can go watch their disappointment at this link

That sucks. I know the feeling--this past weekend I crawled into the eaves of my attic to find all the old detective novels my father-in-law had stashed. There was some really amazing stuff (four boxes of vintage paperbacks!), but I also found nearly a dozen of Erle Stanley Gardner's hardcovers. Of course, they're detective club editions that aren't worth a dime. Oh well! I still have four boxes of awesome books to read. 

Apparent success rate aside, does this encourage you to go traipsing around in your grandparents' attic to see what might turn up? 

And how much would a book have to be worth before you would consider parting with it? 

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Dennis from Los Angeles is reading Necroscope by Brian Lumley January 12, 2012 - 10:56am

This has actually happened a few times to the guyse on the show. I'd almost like to see an entire version of a show like this that just dealt with rare books.

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine January 12, 2012 - 3:31pm

Garbage. I'd rather watch a show called Prawn Stars.

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Dennis from Los Angeles is reading Necroscope by Brian Lumley January 12, 2012 - 4:19pm

Well, lucky for you it's in development already for Animal Planet.