Canton's McKinley Presidential Library and Museum wants to buy tiara from 'Pawn Stars' shop

Shop wants $43,000; appraised at $75,000

CANTON, Ohio - The McKinley Presidential Library and Museum in Canton is hurriedly fundraising in hopes of buying a tiara that once belonged to President William McKinley's wife.

Our news partners at 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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