Hollywood on Sale: Auction Sales on Some Unique Items

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This morning’s economic news is heartening. Some analysts are claiming that the recession may be coming to an end. I hope it’s true. But here in California, there are many indicators that it may not be truly ending for a while. One indicator is the swan song of Los Angeles based 20th Century Props. They are selling off their stock this week in a massive going out of business sale.

20th Century Props is starting the auction tomorrow of numerous items used in Hollywood films from their warehouse. Today, bargain shoppers can peruse their huge Web site catalog showing their collection of nearly 94,000 props used in films and TV series over the last 40 years. No matter where you are in the world, you might enjoy looking through some of this Hollywood history through the magic of the Internet.

Pictured: Sometime Hollywood mogul, Howard Hughes’ art deco desk. It was used in the movie “The Aviator.” This is now on the auction block at the 20th Century Props sale.

The pieces on sale include furniture used on the set of the “Golden Girls” TV show, and a desk owned by Howard Hughes used in the movie “The Aviator.” The auction starts on Tuesday (July 28), but you can preview the items on the auction block today by clicking here.

Pictured: Hollywood signs for sale

Whether you want to buy or not, you might enjoy looking at these pieces of Hollywood history. I have to be honest, I am contemplating going out there just to see the Howard Hughes desk. I wonder if I can sit at it. I would love to blog from his desk 🙂 Farewell 20th Century Props, you will be missed.

The sell off continues this coming weekend. A Noise Within (ANW), Southern California’s acclaimed repertory theatre company, is cleaning house and will hold a massive “garage sale” on Saturday, August 1 at its current location on Brand Boulevard in Glendale. The sale features huge discounts on costumes, furniture, set pieces, props, curtains of every size, and yards upon yards fabric. If you are willing to invest the time to sort through everything, you never know what you might find.

“The garage sale is a home décor dream!” raves Rebecca Baillie, ANW’s production manager and coordinator of the sale. “We’re selling everything, including gorgeous furniture pieces used in past productions, vintage prop knick-knacks perfect for decorating, and racks and racks of clothing – men’s, women’s, and kids – ranging from elegant vintage to the everyday to fabulous Halloween costumes.”

Admission to the garage sale is $1. Cash is preferred for purchases, but credit cards are accepted with a minimum purchase and subject to a service charge. Check the A Noise Within website for additional details. The sale is Saturday, August 1, 2009, 8 A.M. to 2 P.M., at the Theatre in Glendale, CA.


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.

1 Comment

  1. CailinMarie

    July 28, 2009 at 1:15 am

    wow! that just sounds like fun (browsing Hollywood I mean) doesn't it? Seems to be they've been saying “its getting better” for a while now. I think they think if they can talk us into it we'll spend money (that we don't have) and somehow boost the economy. I don't see it any better just yet!
    On an up note – I'm hosting a giveaway. If you haven't checked it out yet I hope that you will.