Collectors Flock to Bob Hope's Home for Yard Sale

Fans of the late legendary comedian comb through collectible DVDs and other memorabilia.

No yard sale in Toluca Lake Saturday drew a bigger crowd than the one at the home of late comedian Bob Hope, but some collectible seekers say they were a bit disappointed with the inventory.

Cathy Galeen of Van Nuys said she was expecting to come across some of Hope's personal belongings, but instead was met with a stockpile of unsold t-shirts, CDs, DVDs and figurines.

"I was expecting a yard sale; not furniture or expensive things like that, but maybe houseware, maybe some knick-knacks," she said. "I didn't expect to be coming into PR."

But that didn't stop Hope fans from grabbing whatever they could. Some items went for as low as $1.

"Today was just a normal garage sale, nothing we didn't want to promote as part of the legacy," said Harlan Boll, publicist for the Hope family. "We have two garages that are full of stuff."

Boll said an auction to sell some of those legacy items is in the works for 2013.

Hope died in 2003. His wife, Dolores Hope, passed away last year.

The sale is scheduled to continue Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

jen jennings December 09, 2012 at 05:48 AM
I just missed the yard sale because I thought they would have enough stuff to last through Sunday. So, I strode up around 3pm on Saturday hoping to find it not too crowded. There was yellow tape across the drive-way with two security guards handing out "consolation" prizes for those such as myself who were too late in getting there. It was sold out. Mine happened to be some left-over Halloween bags filled with these plastic orange and white toy clappers with the imprint "Happy Halloween 2006 From the Bob Hope Family." The security guards said that people were lined up since 5am and that it was sold out by 9:30am. I admit I was a bit disappointed, not only because all I really wanted was one little Christmas ornament as a memory especially since my Mom and Dad truly enjoyed watching Bob Hope specials on tv, and it brought back such nostalgic feelings. I also wanted to mention to Bob Hope's daughter that I used to work for Janis Paige, the singer/actress who used to tour with Bob Hope during some of his overseas trips with the troops. And last, but not least, someone very close to me has the same last name, Hope, and I was hoping to find a trinket with Hope on it! But, I am grateful for the little "consolation" prize. And, you know...it does make me laugh to get a Halloween trinket instead of a Christmas ornament 2 weeks before Christmas. Maybe it's Bob's way of having the last laugh.......thanks for the memories, Bob. :)
susan C December 09, 2012 at 09:39 AM
If I were Bob's daughter I would keep the Estate in the Family. Such a shame all is being sold.
Scott Johnson December 09, 2012 at 06:00 PM
They sold complete, total crap. Stuff made in China in the 1990s and 2000s that they literally would not have been able to GIVE away. I still spent $24 there but got home and wondered what in the hell I was thinking. LAME


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