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Chitty Chitty Bid Bid
Season 1 - Episode 122
Chitty Chitty Bid Bid
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This auction features some of the most expensive items Profiles in History has seen in a long, long time. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the car from the film of the same name, is one of the lots, and Joe is determined to get the word out. Stacey comes through and gets the car on The Tonight Show, on which Dick Van Dyke will be a guest. The only catch is that Joe has to get the car all the way to the other side of L.A. by 2 PM - a near impossibility! But he does it, and the segment is a success.

Brian, meanwhile, is checking out some possible creature costumes. The owner, George Klimek, has a figure from Alien: Resurrection, but that item turns out to be a sculpture rather than a costume, sadly. His figure from Hellraiser has a similarly disappointing identity. However, he may have a winner in his Predator costume. When Joe and props expert Mike Moore head to George's facility to check it out, they see all the telltale signs authenticating it as an actual costume. This looks like a winner!

Everything is on track for the auction, but the night before the big event, Joe stops everyone from what they're doing, and he has a very good reason for doing so. He found perhaps the most important letter from Walt Disney ever. This letter, one of two handwritten letters known, is from Walt to his friend Ub Iwerks, the man behind Mickey Mouse. The letter exhorts Ub to come to L.A. to be Walt's head of animation. Without that letter, would there be any Disney empire?

At auction, no one is interested in the Predator costume at George's asking price, but he's undeterred. He'll hold on to the item until the time is ripe for selling. The Disney letter, meanwhile, starts at $45,000 and shoots through the roof to $210,000! The energy in the room is very high, excitement is everywhere as the crown jewel, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, comes to the block.

Bidding starts at $950,000 and completely stalls. Joe is blindsided, but he doesn't give up. He and the team get on the horn and look for another buyer. They find one for the price of $800,000 - not the million dollars they had expected, but the sellers, Pierre and Suzy Picton, feel just fine. They're happy it's going to a good home, and Suzy is glad she won't have to compete with Chitty for her husband's affections any more!

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