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Gazette Premium Content Ohio museum buys McKinley tiara from pawn shop

Associated Press Updated: July 4, 2014 at 12:15 pm

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A tiara that once belonged to President William McKinley's wife has gone on display at the McKinley Presidential Library and Museum in northeast Ohio.

Relatives who had inherited Ida McKinley's diamond-accented headpiece sold it to the Las Vegas pawn shop featured in the History Channel show "Pawn Stars." When Gold & Silver Pawn co-owner Rick Harrison offered to sell the piece to the Canton museum for $43,000 — the amount he paid for it — the museum quickly scrambled a fundraising campaign.

Curator Kim Kenney tells the Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1qqCt8P ) about 200 donors lined up out the door to see the headpiece when it was unveiled at a special party this week. Now it's on public display.

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