TOLUCA LAKE (KTLA) — If you’ve ever wanted a piece of Hollywood this weekend may be your chance.
The family of famous funny man Bob Hope opened up his Toluca Lake home for a garage sale, selling off holiday decorations, old movies, and books that have never been opened.
Holiday decorations, old movies, books that have never been opened… From the street, this looks like any old weekend garage sale, but a closer look tells a different story…
“It brings back memories for me,” fan and Burbank resident Edmund Urquiza said. “It was like a pilgrimage. You had to be here – once in a lifetime.”
While all of the items for sale Saturday were in or around the Hope’s house, the family never used or even saw most of the stuff for sale. But that didn’t seem to bother the crowd of loyal fans who lined up as early as 5:30 a.m., all to get their hand on a piece of hope history.
The family worried all the garage sale would mar the memory of Hope, who passed away in 2003 at the age of 100.
Instead, his fans say, it humanizes the man they welcomed into their homes for so many years because they now know he had as much junk collecting in his garage as they do.
“It’s not just that it’s a celebrity garage sale,” Urquiza said. “But growing up with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in the home – that was very important.”
Even the stars showed up for Saturday’s sale. Bob Bergen, well known for his role as the voice of Looney Toones’ Porky Pig, was fascinated at the look into the life of the entertainer.
“What is this? It’s the world of Bob Hope. I don’t know what it is, but I love it,” Bergen said. “It’s just memorabilia, but it’s kind of cool.”
Bergen and friend Teresa Ganzel made the trip to visit Hope’s home to pay tribute to their old friend.
“To be on the hallowed grounds,” said Ganzel, who worked with Hope during many of his appearances on the “Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.” “It’s Bob Hope. I mean how many times did he host the Oscars? The ‘Road’ pictures? Thanks for the memories Bob.”
If you missed out on the Bob Hope garage sale, it’s not too late to get in on some Bob Hope history. A family spokesperson told KTLA that another, larger estate sale will be held in March.