“Forgotten Hollywood”- Bob Hope Estate Auction…

Posted on September 10, 2013 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   On Friday, September 20th and Saturday, September 21st, 2013, Julien’s Auctions will host a landmark auction event with the sale of The Personal Property, Antiques and Memorabilia from the Estate of Bob and Dolores Hope. The auction contains items from Hope’s more than  sixty year career in entertainment, including Vaudeville, film, stage performances, television specials, and entertaining the troops for the USO. Memorabilia from Bob’s personal passion for golf, awards, and other artifacts from his many celebrity friends is also represented in this sale.

bob-hope-catalog-m   Bob and Dolores Hope shared a 69-year marriage during which they raised a family, and lived in their Toluca Lake and beautiful Palm Springs homes. Property from both homes will be auctioned, including the Hopes’ collection of antiques and artwork. Highlights of the sale include: a photo inscribed to Hope by President John Kennedy, Hope’s personal golf cart, a People’s Choice award, a Red Skelton clown painting, furniture, decorative arts, and other keepsakes from the careers and life of Bob and Dolores Hope.

The exhibition opened, yesterday, to the public at the Julien’s Beverly Hills Gallery until Friday, September 29th. Please join Julien’s as Bob Hope and Dolores continue to touch the lives of their fans.


   Cal Worthington, who built his fortune from a series of West Coast auto dealerships, and became a television fixture, thanks to his folksy car lot commercials urging patrons to Go see Cal, has died. At one point, Worthington owned more than 23 dealerships in five states.

   Born Nov. 27, 1920, Worthington joined the Army and became a B-17 bomber pilot, flying 29 missions over Germany, and earning the Distinguished Flying Cross, which was presented to him by Jimmy Doolittle, and other honors. After the war, Cal continued to fly a variety of aircraft, including a Lear 35, a twin-engine jet that he based at his sprawling ranch, which is a large producer of almonds and olives.

cal   The Oklahoma native founded his first dealership in the late 1940s in Southern California, and quickly took advantage of broadcast advertising. Early on, he entered the field of television advertising, buying time for a three-hour live country music show every Saturday and Sunday on KTLA, which eventually was entitled Cal’s Corral.

   As his business empire grew to other western states and Alaska, Worthington starred in a series of television and radio spots that featured him in his ever-present big white cowboy hat and his dog Spot — which would turn out to be animals ranging from tigers to elephants. He also wrestled a bear, rode a hippopotamus and a pig, handled a snake, and he almost had his hand bit by a lion. Viewers frequently saw him trying to stand on his head, including a stint atop the upper wing of a biplane. He also said  he would eat a bug to sell one of his vehicles. All of the nonsensical good fun was set to a banjo tune with the refrain, Go see Cal, go see Cal, go see Cal.   CAL WORTHINGTON

   According to the Television Bureau of Advertising, the car dealer was probably the best known pitchman in television history. The indefatigable Cal Worthington was 92.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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