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Thu., 9:58am: Pawn shop may sell First Lady McKinley's tiara

April 3, 2014
Tribune Chronicle

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.

 
 

 

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