Titanic chessboard on Pawn Stars


Sep 15, 2010
39
0
46
33
Elizabethtown, PA
Did anybody see the Pawn Stars from a few weeks ago? I usually don't watch it; watching people selling their things for a lesser profit for others to get a larger profit just burns me, but my family loves watching it. I somehow heard "...from the Titanic" and I rushed out! And it was explained that it was a chessboard from wood from the Titanic. They only offered $5,000 for such a beautiful piece when he had appraised it before for nearly $10,000-$15,000! What a shock...Luckily the guy declined the offer!

I found a picture of it, but the website left me curious. If this just was a few weeks ago, does this website have it incorrect? Or did the guy actually sell it to a museum? Either way, it was an absolute treasure to see on my big screen TV!

http://www.titaniccollector.com/recovered/2_7.html
 
Jan 29, 2001
1,282
0
221
The well documented chessboard crafted from Mackay Bennets ship's Carpenter surfaced on Pawn Stars last night. I did happen to notice an authentication note signed by ET's Steve Santini along with a Gurney's Titanic auction catalog (source of artifact). Appraised at 15K, the seller wanted 10K and was offered only 5K, so no transaction took place. Personally I would rather have had the wood in it's original state, piece of ships fitting, before the Carpenter have too.

Michael Cundiff
NV, USA

[Moderator's note: This message, originally a separate thread in a different topic, has been moved to this pre-existing thread about the same show, and the thread has been renamed. MAB]
 
Jan 29, 2001
1,282
0
221
I realized my mistake late afternoon on 3 Feb., should have read Mina's ship's Carpenter, in which case W. Parker.

Michael Cundiff
NV, USA
 
Dec 2, 2000
58,631
446
453
Easley South Carolina
>>Appraised at 15K, the seller wanted 10K and was offered only 5K, so no transaction took place.<<

I wouldn't have gone for it either. If the owner is willing to part with it, he would do better at an auction.
 
Sep 15, 2010
39
0
46
33
Elizabethtown, PA
Most people in the Pawn Shop would do better with an auction but I don't think that occurs to them that these people have to buy at a lower price to make money! Part of me wonders if most people go on the show just to say they were on television!
 

Chris Barnett

Member
Aug 22, 2012
1
0
31
The guy selling the chess board is my uncle and to my knowledge he did not sell the chessboard yet, but I am not certain of it.
 

Adam Went

Member
Apr 28, 2003
1,194
7
233
I used to be a pretty big fan of shows like "Pawn Stars" until it slowly got to me more and more that people seem willing to sell priceless historical or collectible items for a pittance, just walking straight into it - I agree that a lot of them probably do it just so they can get on TV or say they've sold stuff to the people who do the show.

Also, has anyone seen the preview for that show "Sold!" on A & E? I swear the auctioneer says he has an artefact from "HMS Titanic"....that's a bit irritating as well....

Cheers,
Adam.
 

Similar threads