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Thursday, January 10, 2013

New Series Lords of War Follows Modern-Day Treasure Hunters Searching for Pieces of Military History, Jan. 23, 9 PM ET/PT

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UNCOVER THE HISTORY OF A 500-YEAR-OLD PISTOL AND CASH IN ON BEN FRANKLIN ERA MONEY IN NEW NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL SERIES LORDS OF WAR
 
New Series Follows Modern-Day Treasure Hunters on Mission to Track Down, Authenticate, and Auction Off Valuable Pieces of Military History
 
“I chase history. It’s what I do. It’s what I love.” – Sean Rich
 
Lords of Wars Premieres Wednesday, January 23, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the
National Geographic Channel
 
(Washington D.C. – January 10, 2013)  Sean Rich is a modern-day treasure hunter on a mission to track down masterpieces of military history.  But for him, antique weaponry is more than a passion; it’s his business.  NGC’s new 16-part series Lords of War – premiering Wednesday, January 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT – follows Sean and his team of arms experts as they patrol the country for rare collectibles and auction them off to the highest bidder. They get a piece of the action, and the seller gets the rest. Every auction is battle, but war is in their blood.  For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com/lordsofwar and follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NGC_PR.
 
Part historians and part detectives, the top-notch team is challenged in each episode to authenticate an item and appraise its value. It’s not always an easy task, even for these experts. Occasionally an item so rare will come across their paths with virtually no frame of reference. One seller claims a “Disney-like” doodle painted on a WWI helmet was drawn by Walt Disney himself, as a young soldier in the war. While the team knows there is some historical truth to the story, they struggle to authenticate it. In addition to weaponry, they also come across an extremely rare sheet of printed money dated just a few months before the Declaration of Independence was signed. The item is outside their normal realm of expertise; and they call in a currency expert to get the full story behind the remarkable piece of history.
 
The Lords of War guarantee each weapon they auction is in working condition…no matter how old it is. Testing an antique can be the most exciting, and dangerous, part of the job.  NGC captures all the excitement both on the auction floor and at the shooting range, using slow motion, high-definition cameras to capture every detail of an antique being fired for the first time in centuries.
 
From historical gems to just plain junk, there is no telling what, or who will show up at each auction, and occasionally the people are stranger than the items themselves. A family of Viking re-enactors is surprised to learn the value of their family heirloom, a 1000 year-old axe head. But sometimes a seller’s expectations are inflated, as is the case with one seller who expected to buy an island with the money he hoped to make on a German crossbow. Other items turn out to be priceless; a hand-drawn map from an infantryman at the battle of Normandy valued at over $20,000 proves to be too personal for his surviving daughter to sell.
 
Meet the Lords of War team:
 
Sean Rich is an expert in antique arms whose vast collection of weapons has been featured in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, among other films.
 
Larry "The Hammer" Harley is a third-generation knife maker who counts “sex, hunting, and making knives" among his three favorite things in life.
 
Jim Green is the group's practiced gunsmith.  Green had said, “I can pick up an antique gun and almost feel what the person who first used it might have been thinking.”
 
Adrian "Shooter" Alford owns his own gun shop and with his vast knowledge is rarely stumped, often lending his expertise to many of the gunsmiths working for the top manufacturers.
 
Premiere Episodes Include:
 
Lords of War: Da Vinci’s Killer Pistol
Premieres Wednesday, January 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Sean helps a young man get out of debt by auctioning off a 500-year-old gun. The firearm’s unique wheel-lock technology is believed to have been designed by Leonardo DaVinci.  If the gun still works today, buyers at the auction will push each other out of the way to buy it for $8,000, or more. But the real big-ticket item at this auction is a true piece of Americana memorabilia, an extremely rare uncut sheet of paper money from April 25, 1776. Dated just a couple of months before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the money was printed by Ben Franklin’s old printing press.  The seller is ecstatic to learn the paper he found folded up in a dusty old Bible has turned into a $12,000 Holy Grail.
 
Lords of War: I Love Cannons
Premieres Wednesday, January 23 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT
A 17th century bronze cannon has host Sean Rich so fired-up, he makes a uncommon deal, offering the seller $8000 on the spot. Several of these small naval swivel cannons were mounted all over a ship, and instead of cannon balls, they used glass, rocks and nails as ammunition. The rare antique is a piece of history Sean just can’t pass up for his personal collection. Then, a female seller brings in a map her father drew describing his experience from the battle at Normandy through the end of WW2. The historical and personal significance of this map is so great; it has the burly, tough-guy Hammer in tears. At the shooting range, high-tech slow motion cameras film an 1894 Winchester riffle fire off a bullet through a watermelon capturing each spec of juice in full detail.
 
Lords of War: Blunderbuss Blowout
Premieres Wednesday, January 30 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
A WWI helmet with a mysterious doodle painted on it has the Lords of War stumped. If they can prove that Walt Disney painted it himself, there is no telling how much money the collectible could bring in. Over at the shooting range, Sean takes a huge risk, firing off an 18th century blunderbuss that was used on ships during the time of the American Revolution. The swivel gun wasn’t designed like a cannon with a fuse; so instead Sean must pull a trigger that probably hasn’t been fired since the time of tea being dumped into the Boston Harbor. Meanwhile, Jim evaluates one of the most recognized handguns from the American West -- The Colt Single Action Army Model 1873 in .45 Colt caliber, worth $6000.
 
Lords of War: Sunken Treasure
Premieres Wednesday, January 30 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT
The guys head to Colorado for an extravaganza of military collectibles. Adrian scrutinizes an iconic “Hollywood” weapon, depicted in films such as "Pulp Fiction." Sean examines a 76-pound bar of silver that might have come from one the most famous Spanish shipwreck rescues ever. And Jim goes to the shooting range with a Civil War reenactor to see if his 1853 Enfield rifle still fires just like it did when the North was fighting the South.
 
Lords of War: The Secret Flame
Premieres Wednesday, February 6 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
Sean and the guys are in Colorado Springs on the hunt for the best military collectibles for their auction. Adrian examines his find, and then heads to the range to test it out.  Sean inspects what seems to be a simple Italian flintlock, but realizes it contains a deep secret.  Jim finds one of the biggest, most impressive items ever considered for the auction -- a WWII aircraft searchlight – and attempts to light up the sky with it.
 
Lords of War: Duel to the Death
Premieres Wednesday, February 6 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT
This week the appraisals get off to a promising start when a Korean War veteran brings in a M1 Carbine that could be worth $1500.  But that’s pocket change compared to a pair of 18th century dueling pistols. The guns are the same style as the ones that Vice President Aaron Burr famously used. And if these pistols still work, they could be worth over $6000! A family of Viking re-enactors stops by to have their 1000-year-old ax-head appraised and are pleasantly surprised to find out the value of the heirloom. However, a museum owner is disappointed he can’t get $50,000 for the Norden bombsight, a device WW2 bombers used to make sure their hit their target precisely.
 
Lords of War is produced by Bray Entertainment for the National Geographic Channel.  For Bray Entertainment, the executive producers are Chris Bray, David Miller, and Will Chandler.  For the National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Robert Palumbo. Vice president, production and development is Lynn Sadofsky and Director, development is JC Mills. Executive vice president, programming is Michael Casio; and President is Howard T. Owens.
 
About Bray Entertainment
Bray Entertainment is more than a production company. We are an idea factory that’s passionate about creating unique and memorable content. In an era of shrinking attention spans and seemingly endless competition, we believe that all content must first be entertaining. Whether it’s through captivating characters or compelling subject matter, we relentlessly pursue mining the moments that engage viewers from start till finish.

Utilizing 10 years of experience in both short and long form programming, our team excels in capturing the stories of real people in an authentic way. When clients work with Bray Entertainment, they are guaranteed the creative integrity of the founder and key personnel at the top of the company.  Quality and brand standard is our number one objective.  Every project, regardless of size or scale, is assured of receiving the care and attention it deserves and when it’s time to deliver, we’re confident that our passion, conviction and execution will exceed our client’s expectations.
 

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