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Bob Hope auction brings back the memories

by Anne Zieger (10/11/08).

“When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things – not the great occasions – that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness.” – Bob Hope

Dancer, singer, golfer and actor—but most famously, an iconic comedian known as the “master of the one-liner”—Bob Hope was one of the most recognizable stars of the 20th century. Living a full 100 years, from the tail end of the vaudeville era to the rise of the Internet, Hope’s career spanned radio, television, movies and the comic stage.

During Hope’s life, his self-deprecating humor won legions of fans, from U.S. presidents to ordinary citizens across the U.S., but especially among soldiers, for whom he performed 150 times during World War II. Though he would eventually be feted by presidents and earn more than many captains of industry, Hope remained one of the leading voices of the Greatest Generation’s average Joes throughout his career.

Now, working with the Auction Network, WorthPoint partner Julien’s Auctions is giving collectors a chance to own their piece of Bob Hope’s unique legacy. Julien’s, the leader in online celebrity auctions, is presenting hundreds of items from the long life and career of the legendary entertainer, with something for just about anyone.

Both pre-auction and live bidding will be available over the Internet at AuctionNetwork.com,so anyone can enjoy just watching the fun or even better, winning something special for themselves.

The auction, which will take place on October 18 and 19, includes a huge range of one-of-a-kind personal items, including Hope’s movie costumes, military uniforms from his USO days, signed presidential photographs and other memorabilia addressed to Hope, and hundreds of other small personal items such as tie pins and cufflinks and a man’s diamond ring.

Given his long and stellar entertainment career, it’s no surprise that Hope left a long list of colorful entertainment collectibles, including the contract for “Bob Hope & the Antics of 1932,” the script for the 38th and 50th Academy Awards, a “Dumbo” animation cel from Disney and a 1943 letter written to Hope by Bette Davis thanking him for his service to soldiers.

The auction, which will take place on October 18 and 19, includes a huge range of one-of-a-kind personal items,including Hope’s movie costumes, military uniforms from his USO days, signed presidential photographs and other memorabilia.

You’ll also find a range of sporting items going back 50 years or more. These include vintage boxing gloves—Hope flirted with being a boxer in his youth—decades of football collectibles, including one from Roger Staubach and a pair of “Coach of the Year” 1965 signed footballs, a Los Angeles Rams World Champions stadium blanket, Rose Bowl ribbons and a 1951 L.A. Rams signed football.

And of course, Julien’s is offering a wealth of golf items for sale, including a Bob Hope caricature golf club with his face on the head and dozens of traditional clubs, tees, caps, outfits, ball markers and dozens of putters. (Could it be a Bob Hope auction without them?) Anyone who’s old enough to remember Hope in his heyday will feel like a part of American history with one of these babies in their hands.

Good luck with the auction, and we look forward to hearing about your winning bids. We’d also love to hear any Bob Hope stories you’d care to share.

To look at the Bob Hope items available for bidding, visit The Bob Hope Estate Auction.

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