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07 Jul 2011

“Auction Hunters” Returns With New Episodes On July 19

SPIKE TV’S HIT SERIES “AUCTION HUNTERS” RETURNS WITH NEW EPISODES

OF SEASON 2 ON TUESDAY, JULY 19 at 10:00 PM 

The Network’s Popular Original Unscripted Series Delves Into The Intriguing World  

Of Storage-Unit Auctions

New York, NY, July 7, 2011 – Spike TV’s highest-rated non-scripted original entertainment series, “Auction Hunters,” returns with brand new episodes of season 2 starting Tuesday, July 19 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT.  A special new New England-area-based episode will air Sunday, July 17 at 9:30 PM as a lead in to the premiere of Spike TV’s new series, “Bar Rescue.”  

“Auction Hunters” explores the cutthroat world of storage-unit auctions with two of the best prospectors in the business, Allen Haff and Ton Jones.  Every day in America, there are over ten thousand abandoned storage units that are put up for public auction.  Each unit has the potential to be a goldmine or a bust for those who make their living hunting unclaimed property.  The series offers viewers a rare look into the high stakes, financial risks and potential rewards where the right purchase can bring in serious cash.

In the new upcoming episodes, Haff and Jones uncover high-valued items including a 1990s military-grade Tomahawk cruise missile jet engine valued at $15,000 and an 1800s naval cane sword with hidden telescope valued at $25,000.  The duo will also discover rarities such as a late 1970s Z-Flex Jimmy Plumer Poolrider skateboard with original artwork by Doug Smith valued at $4,000 and an 1870s French Dolne “Apache” knuckle-duster revolver valued at $3,600.

Allen Haff is a second generation antiques dealer and collector with over 20 years of experience in the field.  By the age of 24, he owned his first antique business in Houston, TX and was one of the earliest eBay sellers of vintage collectibles online.  He moved to Los Angeles ten years ago and immediately began hunting in storage unit auctions, Hollywood thrift stores, estate sales and swap meets and earned a living buying and selling antiques and collectibles.  In 2008, Haff started Hollywood & Vintage, a high volume liquidation company specializing in movie memorabilia and vintage collectibles that he operates from his office and warehouse in Los Angeles.

Ton Jones is a self-described hobbyist who has spent years hunting and fishing, as well as collecting knives, swords, guns, old currency and jewelry.  Jones was introduced to storage unit auctions more than seven years ago when he was looking for old cars to take into the desert to wreck for fun, but what he found was a world specifically tailored to his unique skills.  Jones, an imposing figure standing over 6’0”, 300lbs., is a renowned auction hunter in the Southern California area.  Jones’ expertise lays in rare coins and weaponry, such as medieval swords, daggers and armor.

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