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HERE TODAY. DESTROYED TOMORROW!
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL’S NEW SERIES BID & DESTROY BUYS (cracked, burned) BUILDINGS, FINDS (ODD) TREASURES,
THEN TEARS DOWN THE WALLS
Rummage for Valuables With the Danley Demolition Crew
From Taxidermy Animals to Pac-Man Machines to Collectible Teddy Bear Makeup Kits
New Series Bid & Destroy Premieres Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at
9:00 and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT
(WASHINGTON, D.C. — September 10, 2012) Mr. Danley … Tear! Down! This! Building! In the New Hampshire countryside, there’s a demolition company whose members pounce on a job at a moment’s notice. And when they do, they don’t leave much behind. After they bid on and win demolition jobs, whatever they find on site is now either their problem … or their bonus! So before they demolish, they hunt for everything of value they can get their hands on. This ain’t no feel-good extreme makeover show — unless, of course, finding hidden treasures and bashing stuff down to the extreme makes you feel good!
National Geographic Channel’s new 12-part series Bid & Destroy from Leftfield Pictures, the creators of “Pawn Stars” — premiering on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at 9:00 and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT with a double stack of episodes — follows the colorful crew of Danley Demolition as they go treasure hunting in buildings before tearing them down. And they’ve stumbled across it all: a vintage slot machine, a classic Pac-Man game, Civil War medals and even a collectible teddy bear makeup kit. But they also know a thing or two about people and where they like to hide their stuff, so they find more than their fair share of stashed cash, guns and jewels.
Each week, there’s treasure hunting, destruction and dysfunction. Come along as the crew tackles a number of projects, including a lakefront house that comes with the added pressure of huge fines if anything falls in the water; a badly burned home with a cracked foundation and a tight timeline; and an abandoned paper mill with an industrial-sized eyesore that needs to come down just the right way — without damaging nearby buildings or killing anyone.
Knocking down buildings and hunting for treasure is the crew’s passion. There’s Lee Danley, the boss who plays by the rules and often butts heads with Brian Gurry, (a.k.a. “the Cowboy”), his hard-driving, no-nonsense partner in crime; Kip Walker (a.k.a. “the Kipp-a”), a grumpy heavy-machinery operator who can’t be controlled; and Eric Gurry, the day laborer (and Brian’s nephew). You wouldn’t think so to look at them, but they get the job done, make a couple bucks and have a kick-butt time.
Bid & Destroy: The Toilet Farm
Premieres Wednesday, October 10, at 9:00 p.m.
Brian and Lee of Danley Demolition are in Manchester, N.H., at an abandoned boarding house. It’s a giant house with multiple rooms, and what they can see is a huge pile of toilets, which pretty much means all the good salvageable stuff is gone.
In an effort to beat out their competitor, Boston Jim, they bid lower than they’re comfortable with, which only increases the pressure on them to find good stuff hidden away. Unfortunately, because Brian and Lee are under so much stress to find treasures, they completely overlook a tank in the basement with more than 50 gallons of oil in it. At the last minute, the oil tank is spotted, averting an environmental mess. At the end of the day the team discovers a handful of random items, profiting a couple thousand dollars from an antique silver salt and pepper shaker set and a tiny old collectible teddy bear makeup kit. Add those to an old Harley Davidson and a Coke sign, and they turn a tidy profit. (Top left photo courtesy of NATGEO - Donna Welch in action on appraisals)
Bid & Destroy: The Cash Factory
Premieres Wednesday, October 10, at 9:30 p.m.
Brian, Lee and the rest of Danley Demolition head to Claremont, N.H., to tear down an abandoned paper mill complete with a 16-story metal smokestack. It seems unlikely that there’s any good stuff left in the structures. Fortunately for the Danley crew, though, they find a number of classic snowmobiles, an old voltage regulator, an old Golden Nugget slot machine and an extremely smelly Winnebago (which itself holds quite a few treasures). The team busts a hole in the side of the building to get the RV out, and after flattening the two buildings they set their sights on the smokestack. But there’s a speed bump ahead — the smokestack is thicker than they anticipated and it’s also bolted down with more force than necessary. Now they must get it down — without it falling on anything or anyone — with a giant, satisfying crunch.
Bid & Destroy: Home Run House
Premieres Wednesday, October 17, at 9:00 p.m.
The team from Danley Demolition gets into a bit of a bidding war at a fire-damaged house in an upscale neighborhood. They win the job after agreeing to do the demo for $2,500 less than they think it’s going to cost them. In addition, the property owner wants to keep the chimney and foundation intact, which means that if Kip makes one wrong move in the wrecker, they could be out eight grand. While digging through the mess inside, Brian and Eric strike sports gold — a bat signed by both Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, a Bobby Orr hockey stick and an authenticated baseball signed by none other than Babe Ruth. The roller-coaster of a day continues when an accident cracks the driveway and they learn that two Patriot Super Bowl rings they found in a safe are worthless replicas.
Bid & Destroy: House Fire to Fortune
Premieres Wednesday, October 17, at 9:30 p.m.
The Danley Demolition team is bidding on a fire-damaged split-level home. Brian Gurry knows that there can’t be much of value inside, since most items will have sustained either fire or water damage. So Brian is especially surprised when his partner, Lee, normally the conservative one, puts in a low bid. Due to the low bid, this needs to be a one-day job. With Kip on his way with the heavy machinery, Brian, Lee, Eric and Gina scramble to find what valuables they can, which turn out to be a small box with old currency, a classic Miss America Special bicycle and an old piano. Plus, they need to take down the house without damaging the foundation, which is not an easy task.
Bid & Destroy: Lake House Riches
Premieres Wednesday, October 24, at 9:00 p.m.
Brian Gurry and Lee Danley are bidding on an old home on a valuable lakefront property. Brian manages to undercut the competitor’s bids but angers Lee, who doesn’t think they’ll make a profit at that price. When they return to hunt for valuables, they notice that a Key Largo boat and trailer that was there the day before is now gone — along with whatever cash they could have sold it for. With this bound to eat into their profits, Brian and his nephew Eric scramble to find as many profitable items as they can before Kip, the demo guy, gets there with the heavy machinery. They ultimately turn a small profit with an eclectic assortment of treasures, including a broken Pac-Man machine, a small O’day sailboat and a vintage diner jukebox. But there’s one more complication. The structure is just feet from the water’s edge. If anything falls in there will be stiff fines, and boaters on the lake are taking note.
Bid & Destroy: Haunted House Treasures
Premieres Wednesday, October 24, at 9:30 p.m.
There’s just one day for the crew to get whatever they can out of a 150-year-old house. But things start getting weird fast — an old scythe in the yard, creepy cages in the basement and a cryptic message on a wall … spooky! That doesn’t stop them from treasure hunting. The guys uncover a Civil War medal, a Civil War musket and a bayonet from 1849. They also salvage hand-hewn beams and granite slabs, bringing in a total profit of more than $6,000. The spirits may not like the fact that the “haunted” house is coming down, but crash down it does.
Bid & Destroy is produced for the National Geographic Channel (NGC) by Leftfield Pictures. Executive Producers are Brent Montgomery, David George and Matthew J. Braley. For National Geographic Channel, Executive Producer is Michael Welsh, Vice President of Production and Development is Kevin Mohs and Executive Vice President of Production is Michael Cascio.
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Dara Klatt, 202-912-6720, DKlatt@natgeotv.com
The treasure part is where Donna comes in. She’s been a friend of the guys for a while, and she’s the one they call to appraise lots of the hidden treasures they find. She even gets first dibs at buying some of the artifacts!
Appraising antiques is something Donna Welch does every single day, but to do it for a National Geographic television show was a bucket list experience for her.
You can catch the first episode of Bid & Destroy on the National Geographic Channel October 10, at 9:00pm.
Donna has been the owner of From Out of the Woods Antique Center www.fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com located in Goffstown, New Hampshire for 26 years. Besides appraising she is a licensed auctioneer and columnist for a local paper The Hippo (Treasure Hunt)