On “Pawn Stars,” a man brought in a 50-million-year-old amber rock with a spider in it … or so he thought.
Madison was under the impression he had a piece of Baltic amber that was between 40 and 50 million years old with a tarantula trapped inside that he could get up to $50,000 for.
He was hopeful because he got the rock tested at Berkley and had paperwork saying that the material appeared to be Baltic amber. Rick Harrison said the test wasn’t definitive, and that he needed to have the rock tested at the GIA, or the Gemological Institute of America to know for sure.
Madison paid $200 to get it tested, and it turns out … it’s plastic. Rick Harrison had to break the bad news, telling Madison that ‘It’s worth negative $200.’
Madison got the rock when he was just 10 years old, so he was pretty stunned. Harrison said the rock was likely made of Bakelite, which is used to simulate Amber.
The Twitterverse felt for Madison, and were skeptical that the amber was fake from the start.
Facebook fans had the same feeling he would be out $200. Hey, you win some, you lose some.