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Hunger For District 12
Season 2 - Episode 203
Hunger For District 12
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Brian has sniffed out a lead at a junkyard outside L.A. city limits. He and Joe only see vehicles that were used in films, but no icons. But then George Sack, the man who runs the junkyard, leads them up a steep hill to a yellow Camero, and they see Bumblebee - THE Bumblebee - from Transformers. This isn't just a car, it's also a character. After a tense bargaining session, George agrees to sell the car for $22,000, and Joe and Brian head off to find the perfect buyer for such a unique lot.

At a car collectors' club, they meet Randy Rousseau who wants to buy the car for his son, but Joe's minimum asking price of $40,000 is too rich. When it seems as though Randy won't budge, Joe asks him if he'd like to see the car drive itself. Randy's jaw drops as Joe and Brian make the car loop itself around the parking lot. Randy agrees on Joe's price, and will now join the small circle of individuals who know how Bumblebee drives itself.

Stacey, meanwhile, has scared up the very exciting acquisition of an original Yoda puppet. Joe is in disbelief: If there is a Yoda puppet in good enough condition to be sold, it would belong to Frank Oz, George Lucas, or Stuart Freeborn, builder of Yoda - not Toby Froud, with whom Tracey has been speaking. Still, they take the meeting, and find that Toby's mother was closely involved with building Yoda, and worked with Lucas, Freeborn, and Jim Henson to create this character. Toby's puppet was the rehearsal puppet, used for lighting and blocking - sort of a puppet stand-in - and he has plenty of photographs to authenticate his piece.

Toby consigns Yoda, and at auction, it rockets past its $10,000 target price to land at a sale of $22,500. Toby is thrilled that this piece of movie history will be in the hands of someone who deeply appreciates its heritage.

The next journey for Joe and Stacey is to Albemarle, North Carolina, where the hit movie The Hunger Games was filmed. A local collector bought a warehouse full of set dressing - props that weren't touched by actors - but has sold most of it. The gem of his collection, however, is a mockingjay pin, the icon of the series. Joe buys it for $2,000, and listens eagerly as the collector gives him names of folks who might have other valuable memorabilia.

He tells them to visit Tammie Hopkins, a tour guide, who shows them many shooting locations for the film and even Katniss's bow, handcrafted, and with a stunning, real arrow fitted to it. Joe is itching to consign it, but Tammie tells him it's not for sale, not for a million dollars. It's worth too much to North Carolina and the fans, and Joe couldn't be happier to hear that the bow will be admired by throngs of people.

While Joe is away, Brian meets with a collector who wants to consign a puzzle block from Hellraiser, but after cursory research, Brian has the unenviable job of telling the man that the block he paid so much for is inauthentic.

Joe and Stacey have one more stop in North Carolina, with a real estate agent named Ed Philips. Stacey and Joe flip out when they see the property he's representing: The real-life mining town that became District Twelve in The Hunger Games. There's Peeta's bakery, there's the bedroom where Katniss comforted her little sister before leaving for the games. The owner wants to sell the entire property for $1.4 million, but Joe thinks they can get more. He asks Ed if they'll consider putting it up for auction, and Ed agrees. This is a huge move for Profiles in History - a step into real estate - and Joe and Stacey are overjoyed that they get to represent this indelible piece of modern Americana.

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