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THREE MILLION ITEMS -- The Largest Auction of Hollywood Memorabilia in History, December 12-14 in Liquidation of Hollywood's Venerable Collectors Book Store by Charles Mohapel
Review by Charles Mohapel
Profiles In History, eBay Live Auctions, Live Auctioneers News  ISBN/ITEM#: CM081205TMI
Date: 08 December 2008

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If you've ever wanted to begin your own collection of movie or television memorabilia or add to it, then mark December 12 to 14, 2008 on your calendar for those are the three days that this magnificent collection of memorabilia comes up for auction. From Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror to James Bond, Comedy, and Drama, this collection spans genres and generations. Click on the image in the top left hand corner and you'll see a poster for "Godzilla, King of the Monsters!", the 1956 film starring Raymond Burr ( ).


Three Million Pieces of Hollywood History To Be Sold By Profiles In History In a Liquidation Of The Entire Inventory Of Collectors Book Store December 12-14, 2008

The Largest Auction Of Hollywood Memorabilia Ever Will Include Scripts, Movie Posters, Portraits, Stills, Lobby Cards, And More.

Calabasas, CA - Film and TV fans will have a once in lifetime opportunity to purchase an unprecedented 3,000,000 pieces of Hollywood memorabilia as Profiles in History, the recognized world leader in the sale of Hollywood memorabilia presents the entire inventory of the world famous Collectors Book Store in Hollywood in their 34th Hollywood auction. This auction of the largest archive of Hollywood history outside of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will take place over three days - December 12, 13, and 14. Included in the auction will be costumes, movie posters, scripts, portraits, movie stills, lobby cards, fan magazines, press books, and other miscellaneous items - some rare and one of a kind. The schedule for Worldwide bidding, which can be placed in person, via mail, phone, fax or live on the Internet via eBay Live Auctions (HYPERLINK "" or (HYPERLINK "" is as follows:

  • Friday, December 12, 2008: 11:00 AM PST;
  • Saturday and Sunday, December 13 & 14: 10:00 AM PST.

Virtually every film and television show that was made will be represented. The opening bid for each lot will be just $200-$300, making it possible for everyone to have the opportunity to take home a piece of Hollywood history. Many times there will be a collection of five, ten, twenty, or even hundreds or thousands of pieces in one lot.

"The quality and sheer magnitude of this archive is hard to describe Because of the volume of merchandise, many of the items will be sold by the file cabinet. There will be some exceptions - the rarest and most valuable items - some of the oversized studio portraits of stars of the 1930s by photographers like George Hurrell will be sold separately," said Joe Maddalena, President and CEO of Profiles in History.

Photographs include an astounding 1,300,000 (One million, three hundred thousand) 8x10 photographs, many of them autographed. The huge collection of oversized photo prints - 10"x13" and 11"x14" include Hollywood legends Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, and Marlene Dietrich among hundred of others, shot by equally legendary photographers including Clarence Sinclair Bull, George Hurrell, Ruth Harriet Louise, Otto Dyar, and Eugene Robert Richee.

You will also find employment contracts for Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich, Abbott and Costello, James Cagney, Cary Grant, W.C. Fields, Alfred Hitchcock, Boris Karloff, John Huston, and many more.

The script collection - in the thousands - includes films and stars from every era. The final lot of the auction, Lot # 3009, includes a massive archive of over 4,000 scripts from all eras and genres - with an opening bid of just $200 for the whole lot!

Then, there are the movie posters and lobby cards. Ten of thousands of them, covering the gamut of movie stars and filmmaking. Some lots include three to four THOUSAND posters, all for one price. Profiles in History has assembled special, separate collections for James Bond, Lucy, and Star Wars fans. Each of the three large collections of posters, photos, lobby cards, and more has an opening bid of just $200 each.

Costumes included in the auction range from those worn by John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Sylvester Stallone, and Jack Nicholson, to Herve Villechez and Billy Barty! There is also a huge collection of art from costume designers including Edith Head, Bill Thomas, Cecil Beaton, and Helen Rose as well as production artwork and 3,000+ 35mm movie trailers.

For more information and to download a complete catalog of items available for auction, please visit HYPERLINK "" \o ""

About Collectors Book Store:

Collectors Book Store, opened in 1965 by high school history and English teacher Malcolm Willits and his friend and comic book collector Leonard Brown, began providing a piece of Hollywood history to the movie and TV enthusiast - the first real specialty store dealing in rare science fiction material, old comic books, and movie memorabilia. At the time, collecting movie material was not the "in" thing to do; it wasn't "socially acceptable" to have framed movie posters in your home. So it was left to the lowly "fans", those few who truly loved films, to buy, preserve, and protect movie heritage.

Collectors Book Store moved several times before settling in its current Hollywood Boulevard location, adjacent to The Pantages Theatre, 10 years ago. Six years ago the store was closed to the public, and sales of photographs and posters were switched to the Internet. Many film stars have visited Collectors Book Store throughout the years. "Mae West was so nice," recalled Mark Willoughby, Willits' current business partner. "She would trade us better pictures of herself for the ones that she didn't like. Janet Leigh was another one who was always nice. She would come in and sign things for fans."

About Profiles in History:
Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the nation's leading dealer in guaranteed - authentic original historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs, and manuscripts. Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia. Their auctions include costumes, props, and set pieces from both vintage and contemporary film, television, and rock 'n roll. Profiles in History's location in Calabasas Hills, CA - virtually a stone's throw away from every major Hollywood studio - ensures a constant flow of fantastic and rare collectibles. With an extensive network of dealers, collectors, and institutions, they are proud to play an important role in the preservation of motion picture history.

Press Contact: Marc Kruskol

MJK Public Relations or (818) 997-0534

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