Can you imagine having your own private bar at home? And not just any, but the one from the well-known television comedy series Na zdravje? An auctioneer can now boast of it, it cost him as much as 675,000 dollars.
Over the weekend, an auction of various items from the former hit television series, held by a private collector, took place in Dallas. James Commissioner bought through the last three decades. In total, around 1,000 props, costumes and (parts of) scenes used in various series were offered at the auction. shows that aired on American television stations in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, and in total raised more than five million dollars for the items.
The commissioner explained before the auction that collecting the mentioned objects was his great passion, and he wanted to display them in a special museum. But since that wasn’t possible, he decided to sell the items to allow other fans to enjoy them. “The success of the auction confirms what I’ve always known: that TV characters are valued members of our extended family, and their stories and ours are inextricably linked,” he wrote after the auction in a press release sent to the media by the auction house Heritage Auctions.
The most expensive item sold was the already mentioned bar from the series Cheers (Cheers), for which an unknown buyer paid 675,000 dollars (632,000 euros), and quite a lot was also sold at the auction for the costumes of Batman and Robin, which are used in the television series Batman worn by the deceased from the 60s Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin), namely 615,000 dollars (576,000 euros).
Full scene from the series All in the Family – this was not broadcast in our country, but it was more successful in the USA, where it could be watched for nine seasons, between 1971 and 1979 – including the living room, dining room and staircase, it was sold for 125,000 dollars (117,000 euros ), and the same auctioneer later also bought two chairs with the main characters, for 250 thousand (234 thousand euros) Archie and Edith Bunker, sat in the last, ninth season. The story of the chairs is quite interesting in itself: after eight seasons, when it was already predicted that the series would end, the creators donated the original chairs to the Smithsonian Museum or to his American History Department. Then the series was extended for another season, so the creators had to order (and pay dearly) replica chairs – and these two have now been sold at auction, reports AP.
An entire scene from the American television legend’s talk show was also auctioned Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show, which was broadcast for three decades, between 1962 and 1992, and which laid the foundation for today’s evening talk-humor shows. The scene or the table was sold for 275,000 dollars (257,000 euros).