Great American to auction Hollywood memorabilia inventory of 93,000+ pieces

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Props used in Hollywood films and TV series over the last 40 years from the collection of 20th Century Props will be up for auction at its North Hollywood, Calif., location from July 28 through Aug. 1, beginning each day at 9:30 a.m. (PDT).

The collection of some 93,752 pieces, insured for about $8 million, range from the rattan furniture set used in The Golden Girls to a desk owned by Howard Hughes from the movie The Aviator starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

The pieces will be auctioned by Great American Group from 20th Century Props 118,000-square-foot warehouse and live via Web cast at with simultaneous bidding.

"This is a time to honor and recognize 20th Century Props led by Mr. Harvey Schwartz," said Mark Weitz of the Los Angeles-based company Great American Group. "We expect interest from around the world as this is an historic collection of Hollywood memorabilia."

The 20th Century Props collection, which includes the 20th Century Fox Studio prop department purchased by Schwartz in 1994, features a number of high-profile items ranging from replicas of landmarks including the Hollywood Sign, Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty and the Liberty Bell to Dr. Evil’s desk from the Austin Powers movies.

Unusual items include a decontamination suit, Old West stage coach, vintage toy plane and a Frank Gehry fish sculpture. Industrial, medical and restaurant/bar items will also be up for bid.

Furniture by notable designers including Charles Eames, Herman Miller, Mies van der Rohe and Haywood Wakefield will be up for auction.

The five-day auction will also include an inspection preview on July 25 and July 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 8-9:30 a.m. on each day of the sale. A free catalog will also be available in advance of the auction at

Another online eBay-style auction will kick-off at the conclusion of the five-day live event, also at

Photos courtesy 20th Century Props.