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'Pawn Stars': Authenticating Paul Newman's Autograph (VIDEO)

01/31/2012 06:29 am ET | Updated Jan 31, 2012

The late, great Paul Newman was not just an Oscar-winning actor. The philanthropist, humanitarian and family man was also a passionate race car driver who even co-founded his own team, Newman/Haas Racing.

The "Pawn Stars" (Mon., 10 p.m. EST on History) found themselves handling what was possibly a piece of Newman race car history -- a Newman/Haas suit with what the owner said was Paul Newman's signature on the chest.

He wanted $10,000 for the suit, so Rick and The Old Man brought in Drew to authenticate the autograph. Casting an expert eye over it, he agreed that the first name was "very consistent" with known Newman autographs. So far, so good for the owner.

However, the last name rang alarm bells for Drew. "Guys, I gotta tell you something." Drum roll, please... "I just can't authenticate this. The last name especially is just all over the place." In fact, Drew wasn't sure the last name was even "Newman."

So, with only the owner's word -- "And we don't take that" -- to back up his claim that the autograph was Paul Newman's, the "Pawn Stars" sent him and his suit packing.

Catch up with the "Pawn Stars" on Mondays at 10 p.m. EST on History.

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