By Jon Konjoyan
Traffic snarled as hundreds of Bob Hope fans and garage sale bargain hunters converged on the Hope compound in Toluca Lake early last Saturday.
Items ranging from holiday decorations to Bob Hope promotional dolls instantly sold out, cancelling plans for the Sunday session of the two-day event.
News about the public sale was first reported in The Tolucan Times on Nov. 28. The story was quickly picked up by local and national news organizations, and what was planned as a modest yard sale morphed into a frenzied media event.
Linda Hope, daughter of the famous couple who oversaw the sale, did not grant press interviews but appeared visibly pleased with the huge turnout.
The Hope family is readying the landmark estate at the corner of Moorpark Street and Ledge Avenue for sale next year. The Hopes built the house in 1939. Bob Hope died in 2003 at the age of 100; Dolores Hope died last year at 102.
A Julien’s Auctions event is also scheduled for sometime in 2013 where larger items will be sold.
Media trucks lined Moorpark Street and vehicle traffic was constant while several hundred early bird shoppers waited in line for hours — some arriving as early as 5:30 a.m. — for the 9 a.m. sale. In 90 minutes almost all items had been sold, and buyers waited in long lines to check out.
For more information on the upcoming Hope auction sale, go to juliensauctions.com.