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Demons and Spacesuits and Slippers, Oh My
Season 1 - Episode 117
Demons and Spacesuits and Slippers, Oh My
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One woman who blazed a trail in movie memorabilia collecting is screen star and Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds. When MGM announced that they were auctioning their most prized costumes, sets and props, Ms. Reynolds kicked off what would be a decades-long collecting career. Now that she's lived a long, full life, she's ready to pass her collection on to new hands. Joe and his team come in to catalogue her collection and are wowed by gems like the original ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz (in an Arabian style that was replaced by the more traditional style we now know) and Marilyn Monroe's dress from the iconic subway scene in The Seven Year Itch.

Brian, meanwhile, meets with a collector named Jeff Telles who is selling a chest pack from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey in order to be able to buy his daughter, a nurse, a new car. Brian is dubious at first since Kubrik pieces are so rare, but the chest pack checks out.

The next item is a sculpture of the CGI character Sammael from Hellboy. Stacey, having just come from gazing at the gorgeous costume pieces in Debbie Reynolds's warehouse, is totally grossed out by this drab green demon, but Jon thinks he can get around $6,000 for his friend, comic book store owner Gustan Dominguez.

To auction they go, and the room is tensely quiet as not a single bid comes in for the Sammael statue. Gustan is disappointed, but there's no great loss. By contrast, when the chest pack comes in, bids echo around the room until the price reaches $22,500 - several thousand more than Jeff had hoped for.

With wins, losses, and a legendary legacy in the log for this week, Joe and his team prepare for their next hunt, wherever it may be.

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