BROTH­ERS PUT UP A SCE­NARIO TO BUY INTO

Herald Sun - Switched On - - COVER STORY - SHAN­NON MOL­LOY NA­TIONAL TV WRITER

Mon­key tes­ti­cles, a gold fill­ing from some­one’s tooth, a mo­torised ride-on Esky, stuffed dead an­i­mals — Aaron and Ben Senes have just about seen it all.

The broth­ers own Syd­ney pawn busi­ness Happy Hock­ers, the fo­cus of a new re­al­ity se­ries.

“We meet some in­ter­est­ing peo­ple,” Ben laughs. “No two days are the same and we get to see some pretty amaz­ing stuff, from col­lecta­bles to his­tor­i­cal items to the down­right strange.”

Their bread and but­ter is what you’d ex­pect — elec­tron­ics, mo­bile phones and jew­ellery — but the diehard col­lec­tors rel­ish mak­ing a deal on some­thing spe­cial.

Which is why Ben se­ri­ously con­sid­ered buy­ing a jar con­tain­ing mon­key tes­ti­cles.

“A guy came into the store … one of three peo­ple in Aus­tralia li­censed to keep mon­keys and he had one of them de­sexed. The vet let him keep the balls and he wanted to sell them.

“I en­ter­tained the idea. I didn’t know what they were worth and so he asked for $1000 for each ball. That seemed a bit steep to me.”

Aaron re­calls the day a famed Aus­tralian mu­si­cian came in to get their cher­ished Grammy Award val­ued.

Then there was another bloke who tried to pawn a gold fill­ing from his tooth. And the broth­ers still chuckle about the cus­tom-made mo­torised Esky they bought.

“It was petrol pow­ered — think of a cross be­tween a rideon scooter and an Esky,” Ben says. “We bought it and then a few months later a com­pany started man­u­fac­tur­ing some­thing very sim­i­lar. This was kind of a pro­to­type or demo model of it.”

“We’re col­lec­tors at heart and we love in­ter­est­ing things, as well as hear­ing peo­ple’s sto­ries about what they have,” Aaron says.

“Best of all, we love go­ing out and find­ing unique items and then wheel­ing and deal­ing, and that’s es­sen­tially what the show is about.”

PAWN STARS AUS­TRALIA, A& E, TUES­DAY, 7.30PM

Ben and Aaron Senes are al­ways ready to make a deal.

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