If you’re a showbiz nerd like me, you’re about to strike TV history GOLD. There’s a guy even nerdi-er than us, that is putting his VAST TV memorabilia up for auction. He has it all, like the original bar from Cheers.
Or how about the actual set of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show? A set SO tacky (Johnny’s words) even Johnny wondered WHO would want it? There is one man. When you hear the story of James Comisar, you’ll wonder how he is married. I really don’t know if he is, but no wife would allow you to have an expansive, temperature controlled storage facility to protect hundreds of TV’s lost artifacts, including the original chair of Archie Bunker. Hey, who wouldn’t want to own Carroll O’Connor’s fabric butt print? But I’m not gonna lie, I would buy this guy lunch. Something tells me my wife wouldn’t join me. Actually she would because she’s a bigger TV nerd than me.
The Guy Behind The Stuff
According to CBS:
James Comisar – who has been tracking down and preserving television memorabilia since 1989 – had dreamed of creating a museum to house his collection, but when that failed to come together, he decided it was time the items leave the temperature-controlled warehouses where he’s been caring for them.
After graduating from high school, Comisar became a comedy writer and began spending time on studio lots, where he realized that items from the TV shows he loved were languishing, with no system in place to save or archive them. He said that when shows went off the air, props would be sold or thrown away, or end up back in the costume department for rent.
The most amazing Cheers bar quote EVER:
He said the bar from “Cheers,” complete with the names of the show’s stars carved into it, was in studio storage with a dead skunk in it when he acquired it.
TV Memorabilia For Auction
Dallas based Heritage Auctions will hold the auction in early June. We can start bidding NOW, on line. It’s reported that there are a DIZZYING amount of items on the website! Let’s see a sample: