Thu., 9:58am: Pawn shop may sell First Lady McKinley’s tiara
CANTON – The McKinley Presidential Library and Museum in northeast Ohio is hurriedly fundraising in hopes of buying a tiara that once belonged to President William McKinley’s wife.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports the owners of Ida McKinley’s diamond-accented headpiece recently sold it to the Las Vegas pawn shop featured in the History Channel show Pawn Stars.
Museum curator Kim Kenney says Gold & Silver Pawn co-owner Rick Harrison has offered to sell the piece to the Canton museum for $43,000, the amount he paid for it. Kenney calls that “a good deal” because the tiara was appraised at $75,000.
The catch is that the offer expires June 24. The nonprofit museum doesn’t have a budget for acquisitions, so it is soliciting donations in an effort to purchase the tiara.