July 25, 2005

Profiles in History auction features Pepito the Spanish Clown memoriablia

A collection, owned by Biola University, is the remnant of the estate of Jose "Pepito, the Spanish Clown' Perez and his wife, Joanne, who helped write the pilot episode of "I Love Lucy' and were some of the closest confidants of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

Tucked in a tiny back room in the basement of the Biola University library are two bicycles a tiny one and a huge one. Sitting on a metal cabinet is a clown puppet so dusty that it turns a person's hands black just to touch it. Filed in a cardboard box are records from a Catholic private school in Spain. Piled on shelves are yellowing newspaper clippings announcing children's theater productions.

Biola Univserty officials hope they can also profit from the upcoming auction of Perez's items associated with Lucy and Desi,including letters and photographs addressed to the couple and the trick cello Lucy used in the show's pilot episode.

The items are scheduled to be sold at an auction called "Profiles in History' on Sept. 29 in Beverly Hills.

For more information on this auction or Pepito's collection at Biola University, click here.

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