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Gallery 63’s ‘Auction Kings’ debuts Oct. 26 on Discovery

The Gallery 63 crew, from left to right: owner Paul Brown, office manager Cindy Shook, handyman Delfino Ramos and assistant manager/picker Jon Hammond.

The Gallery 63 crew, from left to right: owner Paul Brown, office manager Cindy Shook, handyman Delfino Ramos and assistant manager/picker Jon Hammond.

In just a few hours, Discovery Channel’s “Auction Kings” debuts featuring Atlanta’s Gallery 63.

“We’re all kinds of whipped up,” Brown said today, just a few hours before the 10 p.m. debut. “It’s been a roller coaster but mostly downhill and fast.”

I wrote about this show six months ago when Discovery was beginning to shoot it. Brown said he’s gotten a ton of calls and emails already just from the promos.

I sampled the first episode and it’s a breezy 30 minutes featuring some unusual finds: a four-billion-year-old asteroid found in Russia in 1947, a Nazi handbook circa 1936, a possible “Gone With the Wind” first edition signed by Margaret Mitchell and a vampire killing kit from the late 1800s.

The sellers provide descriptions of the items. Brown finds experts to confirm or debunk a particular item’s value and/or authenticity. We then jump to auction day to see if the items sell for the amount the sellers hope. From a storytelling perspective, it’s a clean beginning, middle and end for each item.

Brown comes across as pleasantly hyperactive while his manager Cindy Schook plays the tough curmudgeon with a heart of gold. Newbie assistant office manager Jon Hammond is also put through the ropes.

Like TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta,” this reality show does not debase or embarrass Atlanta in any way unlike some other show you might be thinking of.

On TV
“Auction Kings,” 10 p.m. on Mondays on Discovery Channel

14 comments Add your comment

AuctionsRme

October 26th, 2010
9:13 pm

uno and good luck to you guys!

AuctionsRme

October 26th, 2010
9:17 pm

I’ve got a GWTW, 1st edition/1st printing, signed by Mitchell and given to a close friend as a Christmas present……curious to see what that one goes for that they have :)

Eric

October 27th, 2010
1:28 am

What a bunch of sleeze buckets these guys are, Red Baron and Gallery 63. These guys are a bunch of carnies at best . Buyer beware, will not watch this one. History Channel really disppointed youlost credibility in my book.

1911A1

October 27th, 2010
8:44 am

Eric, it’s not History Channel, it’s Discovery Channel, which has come to specialize (along with their subsidiary TLC) in shows that feature dysfunction as their take on “reality.”

hattie berger

October 27th, 2010
10:21 am

i thought the show was very exciting. i have a lot of antique and collectable. h

i really enjoyed the show. i collect antique also.

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DINA TONN

October 27th, 2010
5:27 pm

HEY IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE SHOW, CHANGE THE CHANNEL !!!! I LOVED IT !!! ALBANY, GA.

Phil Lewis

October 28th, 2010
12:58 am

Hi! I watched the first episode with a sense of “this is how an auction gallery gets things done behind the scenes.” I was able to see the Red Baron Auction Gallery in Atlanta, which I’d only received their wonderful catalogues. Each person has his/her job to do to make a successful auction. We’ve collected and dealt in all kinds of antiques since 1972. I would love to attend one of Paul’s auctions to see the action in person. They habdle some wonderful, rare items. I’d never seen a vampire kit for sale anywhere- and it brouht $12,000! Wow! A Nazi officers guide?! Fascinating! Give us more.
Phil

Ken Graalum

October 28th, 2010
9:31 pm

Watched the show to see how it compared to Pawn Stars and Pickers. It is OK, but I was disapointed in how little research (or lack of good research) was done on some items that would have brought more money if the item had been properly advertized. When an “expert” doesn’t recognize a Knights Templar sword, and the rarity of a prayer book and get the interested buyers involved it shows how a person can get less than what the actual value is. But then it is the same with Pickers and Pawn Stars – when you look at the potential value and what the selller is given.

Dr. Mike Shearon

October 29th, 2010
8:09 am

I saw two of your shows back to back last night. Excellent work and great promotional for the stores. Your Dad looked sharp. Paul I thought you were Tom Cruise, also looking very smart. Inquiring minds want to know if Barry Gibb, I mean Kevin, will be making a guest appearance on the show? I guess Cindy has a new nickname– “the Love Machine”?
Love all you guys, Mike

John Bartley

October 29th, 2010
11:19 am

That guy Paul Brown comes across as the most pretentious man alive. Seriously, stop trying so hard to be Rick Harrison. The whole show is a blatant rip-off of Pawn Stars. Everything in the show including the style of the interviews, the documentation of the pieces, and even the music are copied from ‘Pawn Stars’. The History Channel is just trying to cash in on this show style, as is TruTV with the equally God-awful ‘Hardcore Pawn’.

BRITT BANDY

October 29th, 2010
7:03 pm

LOVED THE SHOW. JUST SHOWES WHAT KIND OF THINGS ARE OUT THERE. WHEN YOU MAKE PICKUPS WILL YOU GO TO LA GRANGE? I HAVE A FEW ITEMS

evansdottir

October 30th, 2010
6:53 pm

Enjoyed the program, but the Masonic/Knight’s Templar expert left a lot to be desired. There is a Knight’s Templar branch of Masons that is in existence today.

evansdottir

October 30th, 2010
7:12 pm

That was an authentic Knight’s Templar jacket and sword. I have some just like them that my grandfather wore at lodge in modern times.

chris martucci

October 31st, 2010
5:46 pm

Have classical records BEETHOVEN sonata no14 in c scharp “moonlight” op#27 no.2 never been played recorded in aprox 1940sss also TSCHAIKOWSKY 1812 Overture again never played mint condition in original binder. Is there a market for these, Please let me know