Member says new TV show captures “realistic look” at profession

Rick Bryant, of Bryant Auction Inc., Linn Creek, Mo., is featured in “Sold!”, a new TV show scheduled to begin April 11 on the History Channel.

The first two episodes of the show are scheduled to air at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. central time.

“I never thought I would do a reality television show. You hear reality TV, and you think of Snooki and ‘Jersey Shore,’” Bryant says. “But this is different. This is an accurate, true portrayal of what we do.”

Season No. 1, which was shot last year and is 10 episodes, offers a glimpse into Bryant’s auctions, which draw 200 to 300 prospective buyers looking for a good deal, a rare collectible or a piece of history. The show follows Bryant, his fellow Auctioneers and a colorful cast of characters who regularly buy and sell items.

The show is the brainchild of Jann Carl, a Missouri native and former TV journalist who now lives in Los Angeles. Carl and her family had become hooked on Pawn Stars, a show on History that chronicles life in a family-run Las Vegas pawn shop.

Carl began working with her partners Bonnie Brennan and Julie Harman. The three women knew the most crucial part of their show would be finding the right Auctioneer.

So they contacted the National Auctioneers Association, which put out a casting call to members. Many responded, but Bryant stood out.

“Sold!” shows the humor of Bryant Auction, but it also reveals more somber, touching moments.

In one episode, a man gets to bid on his dream car, a 1969 Dodge Charger. In another, a school teacher bids on a globe of the moon complete with signatures of many astronauts who have walked on the surface. In another, Bryant helps return an authentic World War II musket to its owner.

Read the complete story in Auctioneer magazine.

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