Entries in Memorabilia (3)


‘Gone With the Wind’ Memorabilia Destroyed by Fire

Clarence Sinclair Bull/John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images(JONESBORO, Ga.) -- A fire has claimed a Georgia museum's trove of memorabilia from the 1939 film classic Gone With the Wind.

Earlier Friday, the curator of the Road to Tara Museum, in Jonesboro, Ga., stood outside police tape surrounding the storage units damaged by the fire.

“It definitely was not a good moment,” said Rebekah Cline, marketing and communications director of the Clayton County Convention and Visitors Bureau, which runs the museum.

“We are just anxiously awaiting the report from the fire chief on our [storage] unit,” Cline said.

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Museum officials were not sure about the extent of what was lost, but because most of the items in storage were paper products, they were not hopeful. The museum owns a number of giant movie posters and boards that were too large to fit in the museum and so were kept in the storage unit. One very valuable item is a 1939 photo from the Atlanta premiere.

Most of the group’s wardrobe items were safe in the museum, Cline said.

All 400 storage units in the facility suffered some damage. Museum officials hope theirs suffered less because the fire started on the top, and their unit was below.

“It’s certainly disappointing,” Cline said, “but on a positive note, because of the publicity, private donors have started to step forward and offer to loan us items if we discover they’ve been lost.”

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Fonz’s Motorcycle from 'Happy Days' Up for Auction

Fotos International/Hulton Archive/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Fans of the popular show Happy Days can now own an iconic piece of the series memorabilia. The 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 motorcycle used by Henry Winkler’s character “The Fonz” is being auctioned off in Los Angeles on Nov. 12.

The famous bike has been sitting in a motorcycle shop since the show's 1984 finale, having been purchased by someone unaware of the cycle’s celebratory history.

Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli was a breakout character on Happy Days, which ran from 1974-1984 and spawned four spinoffs. Fonzie, played by actor Henry Winkler was easily identified by his ever present motorcycle, greased back hair, and leather jacket, which now sits in the Smithsonian Institution. Presented as the epitome of cool, Fonzie had numerous traits that made him the envy of his peers, such as the ability to start the jukebox by hitting it with his fist and attract women just by snapping.

His motorcycle is expected to sell for more than $90,000.

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John Wayne Auction Scheduled for Thursday

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Hundreds of John Wayne's items, ranging from movie scripts to the actor's iconic eye patch from the original True Grit, will be sold at auction in Los Angeles on Thursday.

The Heritage Auctions sale is expected to raise more than one million dollars.

As Ethan Wayne, the actor's youngest son and the director of John Wayne Enterprises, which manages The Duke's images and film rights, puts it, "This is a sale for the fan."

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