40,000 pieces of Hollywood memorabilia discovered in abandoned storage locker

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This Brigitte Bardot poster is one of approximately 1,000 film posters to be auctioned.This Brigitte Bardot poster is one of approximately 1,000 film posters to be auctioned.

ORANGE, Calif. – A staggering 40,000-piece collection of motion picture and TV memorabilia, original animation art and other historically important entertainment collectibles will be offered at public auction Oct. 29 beginning at 10 a.m. The collection was purchased sight unseen from an abandoned self-service storage unit.

Don Presley Auction Co. is producing the sale together with Dave Hester (Dave Hester Auctions) and celebrity auctioneers Dan and Laura Dotson. The Dotsons, who own American Auctioneers in Riverside, Calif., are known to millions of viewers as emcees of the hit TV show “Storage Wars.” Hester is also a regular on the show.

The prior owners of the collection, motion picture industry executives, amassed the trove of Hollywood memorabilia over several years. The collection was neatly boxed and kept under lock and key at a storage facility; however, the rent on their storage unit fell seriously into arrears. Despite repeated notices, the rent remained unpaid until such point the contents were deemed “abandoned” and sent to a storage-locker auction.

The 40,000-piece entertainment and pop culture collection will be auctioned on Oct. 29 in 400 group lots. The contents include movie memorabilia, props, costumes, posters, scripts and other ephemera; movie production items (including Disney and Bollywood), thousands of Disney animation production cels, original Tim Burton art, unreleased publicity photos, and many autographed theatrical posters, prints and artworks.

A specialty collection of Wizard of Oz memorabilia spans the entire 20th century and includes posters, prints and lobby cards, autographed and foreign-language Oz books, film compilation reels with footage of decades of Oz productions, and movie production publicity stills that were never released to the public.

Additionally, the collection features Star Wars and Star Trek memorabilia, and thousands of examples of highly desirable Japanese animation art, with highlights including original paintings from manga and sci-fi legend Go Nagai, and fantastic concept art by author/illustrator Mark E. Rogers (The Runestone).

“We think there will be massive international interest in this collection,” said Don Presley. “I have been an auctioneer since the 1970s, and in my opinion this is Hollywood’s premier archive of entertainment memorabilia. It’s filled with unique treasures ranging from the silent-film era through modern-day productions. A collection like this comes along only once in a lifetime.”

All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.com and Proxibid.com. For additional information, visit Don Presley Auction.


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