Pawn Stars: Rick Freaked Out by Bizarre Bone Record (Season 13) | History


What do we have here? I have a bone record. Um, what is a bone record? It’s an X-ray. It’s like an X-ray record
that they used for, like, banned music back in the day. You know, it’s definitely
an X-ray of something, it looks like. It looks like boobs. It’s not boobs. Maybe I’m just seeing things. A bone record
is, like, a final X-ray that they used to
get banned music on back in the ’40s and ’50s. I’m going to try to
sell it for $500. If I get the full
$500, I am going to spend the money on
recording an album for my band. I am just sort of,
like, baffled by it. Where did you get this thing? My grandpa. He gave it to me
’cause I played music. And I can’t do anything with it. So I’m assuming
it’s Russian? Yes. It’s from Russia. My family’s actually
from Russia, so– I’ve never heard
the term “bone record,” but I remember hearing
about how the bootleg records in Eastern Europe– they would press
records on X-rays because up until the
Berlin Wall came down, the Soviet Union at the time
didn’t like Western culture. They weren’t allowed
to have Western music. This is how they sort
of bootlegged them. This was the Soviet Union. You did what they
told you to do. And if you had any contraband,
they sent you to the Gulag. You went to a work camp and
worked there until you died. That was their
system of government. I feel like I’m in a gulag. Not until the
Berlin Wall came down in 1989 was Western music
allowed in the Soviet Union. It was illegal to own
any type of record making device, recorder. It was even illegal
to own a printing press or a Xerox machine. So it makes sense that they
make music on an X-ray. It’s kind of weird, but
that’s the materials they had, and that’s all they could do. So have you ever played
their album, or the record? No.
No. I’ve never played it. You had to have, like, a special
record player to play it, and I don’t– I don’t even know
where to get one. OK. So I’m assuming you
want to sell it. Yes. And how much do you
want to sell it for? $500? That seems like a
very arbitrary number. Yes. Do you mind if I
call in my music guy? Yeah. I’m just completely
baffled with it. No.
– This is– Go ahead. I mean, for all I know,
it could be worth $5, or it could be worth $5,000. So give me a few minutes, OK? Will do. I think it’s great that an
expert comes in because I know nothing about it. So it’d be interesting to
see what he has to say. So this is it. Have you seen these
things before? I’ve heard of them. I’ve never actually
messed with one before. It’s made on an X-ray? MAN: Yeah. JESSE AMOROSO: Yeah. It was probably Russian. Western music was illegal. So these guys would
bootleg stuff. They made them on whatever
material they had. So X-rays were probably
pretty regularly available. You know, bone records are
kind of collectible, you know? You get these guys that
are obsessive about records and the history of it. And they’re a neat thing
to have in your collection that you show, like, oh, yeah. Well, you got that. Well, I’ve got one of these,
you know, kind of thing. So do you think
this thing’ll play? It might. I’ll put it on here and play
it, but it might, like, cut a spiral in it or destroy it. I don’t know if it’s
going to work or not. OK, go. JESSE AMOROSO: All right. Risk is on you guys, man. [MUSIC – THE FOUR
LADS, “ISTANBUL (NOT CONSTANTINOPLE)”] It sounds like somebody
is killing somebody. JESSE AMOROSO: Yeah,
it does kind of. I can understand why the
Russians were always so angry. JESSE AMOROSO: You know,
it’s probably 50 years old, so who knows what it sounded
like when they first did it. It might’ve been pretty decent. What are these things worth? JESSE AMOROSO: Stuff
like this kind of falls– it’s a copy. It’s like saying,
well, I got a cassette tape of the Beatles’ “White
Album,” you know what I mean? It’s a copy. It’s a copy. It is a rarity and
stuff like that– I get it. –and there aren’t
that many of them. But there’s people
asking $200, $300 bucks for ’em, but I don’t– I’ve never seen one
sold for that much. They usually sell right
around $80 or $100. That’s usually what
they end up selling for. OK. OK.
Well, thanks, man. I just– JESSE AMOROSO: Yeah,
no problem, dude. –wanted to get an idea on it. JESSE AMOROSO: Yeah. Hope it helped. All right. Catch you guys later. I think it’s kind of
a cool buy for Rick just because it’s something
he’s never seen before. You know, it’s
the first one I’ve ever actually put my hands on. It’s kind of a rare thing. If nothing else,
he gets it, right? It’s cool for just a
conversation piece in the shop. So I’ll give you $30. $30? Um, jeez. He said $200, so I– I’d like to start
there if anything. Well, no. He said he’s seen people
ask as much as that. But he’s seen them sell
for, like, $80 or $100. Right. Like he said,
it’s an oddity. It’s just– it’s one
of those weird things. [SIGHS] I’ll tell you what. I’ll give you $50, and I
won’t give you a dime more. Um, yeah, that’s fine. OK. All right, sweet.
– That’s good. Good deal.
– Thanks, man. I’ll meet you right over
there, and I’ll write you up. Oh, no. As a matter of fact, this
guy will write you up. All right.
Got it. If I would’ve got
the $500, I would have recorded with my band. But since I’m gettin’
$50, I’m just going to go buy an album at the store.

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