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'Pawn Stars' Jesse Amoroso Cobain's 'Unplugged' Guitar is Priceless ... Like Jimi's Woodstock Strat

5/29/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Pawn Stars" Jesse Amoroso says Kurt Cobain's "MTV Unplugged" guitar is a piece of rock and roll history and belongs someplace special ... in other words -- NOT with Frances Bean's ex-husband.

The guitar expert and Cowtown Guitars owner tells TMZ ... Kurt's 'Unplugged' performance with the 1959 Martin D-18E is synonymous with the '90s and as iconic as the white Fender Stratocaster Jimi Hendrix shredded with at Woodstock.

Amoroso says because Cobain played the acoustic-electric Martin -- which is already a rare guitar because only 302 were ever made -- it's basically priceless ... though he estimates it could easily fetch close to a million bucks or more at auction.

Jesse also tells us if Cobain's 'Unplugged' guitar ends up on sale, he hopes it ends up someplace where it will be appreciated ... like Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture or the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

We broke the story ... Frances Bean Cobain conceded her dad's famous guitar to her ex-husband, Isaiah Silva, in their divorce settlement after a long legal battle.

No word yet on what he plans to do with it.

'Pawn Stars' Brett Maly Diddy Did His Homework ... $21M Art Buy's a Win-Win

5/23/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Diddy's got a keen eye for fine art, and his historic purchase of a Kerry James Marshall painting is a huge score for him and a bigger score for the artist ... according to a famous expert.

Brett Maly -- the fine art appraiser from "Pawn Stars" -- tells TMZ ... Diddy deserves a lot of praise for making all the right moves before dropping $21.1 MILLION on Marshall's 1997 work "Past Times" during a Sotheby's auction last week.

Maly says the combo of focusing on an acclaimed artist AND going after one of his most important pieces is a baller move ... and Diddy certainly made a splash.

As for that splash ... Brett tells us it should have a ripple effect for Marshall -- who's sold million-dollar paintings in the past -- by boosting his sales a few more million ... per piece. Not too shabby, especially since Puff's purchase already made him the most expensive living African-American artist.

Brett also seems to be on the same page as Diddy's son, Quincy Brown -- who says his dad's now a major player in the art world ... get used to it.

Dana White on 'Pawn Stars' Drops $69k On Samurai Swords ... For My 'Weapons Room'

2/7/2018 9:20 AM PST
Breaking News

Dana White is building a personal weapons room in his Vegas mansion (seriously) ... so he hit up the guys from "Pawn Stars" to buy a REAL combat-used samurai sword. 

The UFC boss had a hard bargaining sesh with Chumlee and Big Hoss over a whole batch of blades -- which the guys claim can be traced back to the families of the samurais who used them.

And in a matchup of equally intimidating bald dudes, Dana and Rick Harrison negotiated for the final sword -- bringing his total bill to $69k.

White made hundreds of millions on the UFC sale -- so we think he'll be alright.

The real question ... what's Dana adding to his playhouse of destruction next?!

Chumlee Threatens to Sue Candy Man

8/14/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chumlee's in a battle for the domain name domination over his candy store ... and winning won't be as easy as taking candy from a baby.

The "Pawn Stars" star had his lawyers fire off a letter to Patrick Keys -- the current owner of chumleescandy.com and chumleescandyontheblvd.com -- threatening to take legal action if he doesn't hand over the rights to the sites. Keys has no association to the brick and mortar store that Chumlee opened 2 months ago in Vegas.

Keys tells TMZ ... he's been making his living for 20 years buying and selling domain names, and when news broke in May that Chumlee was opening the candy store ... he made a smart business move by swiping the domains. He says he tried contacting Chumlee several times to work out a deal for the names, but never heard back.

Chumlee's legal team's not having it. His rep tells us ... cybersquatter Keys jacked their trademarks while Chumlee was in the process of planning a site ... and that's why the cease and desist letter.

Chumlee Dumping Infamous Vegas Party Crib

7/26/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chumlee's done partying his ass off ... in one spot anyway -- the infamous Vegas home where cops once found guns and weed is on the market.

The "Pawn Stars" cast member listed his 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom pad for a whopping $1,849,900. It's a sweet deal if he gets his asking price -- he bought it 5 years ago for $1.1 mil.

The 6,206 square foot pad has a pool, spa and guest house. It's really a bachelor's paradise where Chumlee famously partied hard ... until cops searched the house in March 2016 and found more than 120 grams of weed and 12 guns. He eventually got off with 3 years probation.

Kyle Gluhm from Realty ONE Group is listing the home, which includes the "Chum Chum" room ... stripper pole included. Strippers NOT included, we're guessing. 

'Pawn Stars' Rick Harrison Don't Invest In O.J. Stuff

7/21/2017 1:05 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Nothing hurts the value of an autograph like murder ... which is why O.J. Simpson's got a big problem on his hands, so says "Pawn Stars" honcho Rick Harrison.

With Simpson arguably more famous now than ever before, the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs weeknights on FS1) asked Harrison if he expects a spike in demand for O.J. stuff.

But Harrison says the exact opposite will happen -- and says if Juice is planning on making crazy money doing autograph signings at sports collectors shows ... he's BADLY mistaken.

'Pawn Stars' Rick Harrison Offers Tom Brady $100k for Stolen Jersey ... Straight Cash, Homie!

3/20/2017 12:26 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Does the criminal craziness surrounding Tom Brady's jersey INCREASE the value? We went to the expert -- Rick Harrison from "Pawn Stars."

Not only did Rick tell us why Tom's $500,000 valuation is likely waayyyyy off -- he also makes a cash offer to the QB if he's looking to part ways with it ... again.

Chumlee Plea Deal Tells It to the Judge ... I'll Be Good for 3 Years

5/23/2016 9:52 AM PDT
Breaking News

Chumlee from "Pawn Stars" laid out his plea deal for the judge in his drugs and guns case, and left court one step closer to dodging a huge bullet ... aka jail time.

TMZ broke the story ... Chumlee's attorneys scored him a sweet deal where he'll get off without a single day behind bars for his arrest for drug and weapon possession.

He was in a Las Vegas court Monday morning to lay out the terms for the judge -- 3 years probation, plus counseling ... and if he keeps his nose clean, the felonies will be dropped to misdemeanors. The judge still has to approve the deal.

Outside the courthouse, we asked Chumlee about his penchant for buying weed "in bulk" -- as he explained to cops when they raided his home.

Chumlee from 'Pawn Stars' No Sex Assault Charges ... Plea Deal for Guns & Drugs

5/18/2016 3:41 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chumlee is dodging serious jail time in his drugs and guns case, and will NOT face any sex assault charges ... TMZ has learned.

The "Pawn Stars" cast member was busted back in March when Vegas cops raided his home during a sex assault investigation. TMZ broke the story ... cops say they found at least one gun as well as a bunch of marijuana.

According to docs obtained by TMZ ... the D.A. will charge Chumlee with felony possession of a firearm and felony possession of a controlled substance -- but the twist is ... his attorneys got him a sweet plea deal.

We don't know all the terms of the deal, but our sources say the big one is Chumlee will get probation and NO jail time. We're told the 2 felonies will eventually become misdemeanors once he completes probation. 

As for the alleged sexual assault ... we're told police and Chumlee's attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, ran an exhaustive investigation. Both sides found there was not enough evidence to charge him.

We're told the judge still needs to sign off on the plea deal.

'Pawn Stars' Mayweather Loss Would Be HUGE For Vegas

5/2/2015 12:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The guys from "Pawn Stars" can spot a money making opportunity from a mile away -- which is why they believe a Mayweather LOSS would be HUGE for the city of Las Vegas in the long run.

Don't get it twisted ... Corey and Rick Harrison -- who were hangin' at the D Hotel -- told us they're rooting for the hometown guy, Floyd Mayweather ... but explain why Floyd taking the "L" would be MUCH BETTER for Sin City. 

Check out the clip -- these guys make a pretty compelling case. 

'Pawn Stars' Corey Harrison I Dove Off My Bike at 40 MPH ... To Avoid Death!

5/2/2014 10:55 AM PDT
Exclusive Details
Corey Harrison from "Pawn Stars" flung himself off a moving vehicle Saturday to avoid a MAJOR crash ... and the reality star miraculously lived to tell the tale.

Harrison's family and friends were throwing him a birthday party this weekend at his house ... but before the bash, he left on his motorcycle to grab a few supplies.

Corey says a piece of the bottom fender mount suddenly broke off ... sending his bike into a tailspin at 40 mph. The reality star was faced with two options -- fly into a nearby wall/oncoming traffic, or jump off the bike. He chose door #2.

Harrison was not about to let partygoers down ... so he chose to go to the party instead of the hospital.  After the party he took a trip to the ER where he learned he had a broken hand.  Doctors surgically placed 8 screws and 2 plates into his busted hand.

Corey couldn't celebrate the party he hoped to have Monday night at the D Hotel and Casino in Vegas ... so they ended up bringing the party to him ... at his humble abode.

'Pawn Stars' Violent Biker Gang Tricked The Old Man

3/3/2014 12:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The "Pawn Star" patriarch known as The Old Man was unwittingly lured into helping a violent motorcycle gang beat serious criminal charges ... so claims The Old Man's son.

The Old Man recently hosted a Valentine's Day party for the infamous Vagos biker gang at his Vegas home.  The gang wanted The Old Man to host because of his fame, banking on the fact that lots of people would attend and plunk money down to win various raffles.

Now here's the alleged scam.  Sources say the proceeds from the raffle went right into a slush fund used to pay for lawyers for members of the gang that commit crimes.  And the Vagos crew gets into LOTS of trouble.

A 4-year federal investigation resulted in the arrests of 32 gang members -- mostly Vagos -- for crimes ranging from gun and drug trafficking to robbery.

Rick Harrison, "Pawn Stars" star and also son of The Old Man, tells TMZ the gang took advantage of his 72-year-old dad who had no idea he was fronting a party for nefarious purposes.

Rick also knows exactly how is father got bamboozled.  Rick's brother, Joseph, is a long-time member of Vagos with a big-time rap sheet.



'Pawn Stars' Rick Harrison Gets Married Hey Chumlee, Where's the Ring?!

7/22/2013 9:30 AM PDT

It was a "Pawn Stars" wedding in California this weekend ... as Chumlee, Big Hoss, the Old Man and more gathered at the Ritz in Laguna Niguel to watch Rick Harrison tie the knot to DeAnna Burditt.

It all went down without a hitch -- Chum was the ringbearer, Hoss stood right by his father's side, and Rick's favorite car restorer Danny Koker performed the ceremony ... sans sleeves, of course.

It's marriage #3 for both 47-year-old Harrison and 36-year-old Burditt.

Mazel!!!

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