June 04, 2007

Auction Featuring Lucille Ball Memorabilia Fetches Half-Million

An auction held by Old Town Auctions in Hagerstown, Maryland rang up over half-million in sales in this "no internet" auction held May 11th-12th. Billed as a "no-Internet" event, the auction attracted around 175 live bidders as well as many absentee and phone bids. The sale did not feature online bidding in any form.

A very special portion of the sale was devoted to a collection of Lucille Ball and I Love Lucy memorabilia, and according to Keith Spurgeon, it attracted a legion of Lucy fans from all over the U.S.A. and Canada. A Santa suit actually worn by Lucy for the 1956 Christmas show rang up $1,760. And a very rare 1952 Desi Arnaz toy conga drum in its original box added new meaning to Ba-Ba-Lu as it soared to $6,600. Items from the licensing division of Lucy and Desi’s Desilu empire included a letter opener for an eye-opening $2,190 and a coffee mug with ceramic coasters for $1,320.

Old Town Auctions will hold a fall auction featuring toys, antique advertising, coin-ops and mechanical music, and pop culture memorabilia at a date and venue to be announced in the near future. Read the complete story for more information.

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