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Thursday, November 18, 2010

TV's hidden gem: Syfy's Hollywood Treasure

Sometimes, the best discoveries are the ones you were never looking for in the first place.

Such is my story about what I now consider the most addictive show on TV: Syfy's Hollywood Treasure, a show I stumbled across while channel surfing a month ago.

Calling all movie, TV show and pop culture buffs. This show is for you! I promise you will not be disappointed.

The show's premise is simple. Joe Maddalena is the star and the world's largest auctioneer of original movie, TV and pop culture memorabilia. Each episode, Maddalena and his team hunt the world for  some of the most sought-after items in pop culture history, then hold an auction at the end of each episode, selling them off to the highest bidder.

That's where the show gets the most interesting.

In this week's episode, the actress who played the annoying Veruca in the original "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" agreed to submit her golden ticket prop from the movie for auction. Maddalena estimated the golden ticket is valued between $10,000 to $15,000. At the auction, it goes for a whopping $80,000. The show is eBay on steroids.

For most of us, those bidding exist in a world we could only dream of, but that's the beauty of the show. If you're a fan of "The Wizard of Oz," how cool would it be to own the wicked witch's hat? You could have had it for about $100,000.

Other items found and put up for auction so far this season include 6-year-old Damien's suit from "The Omen," a minature plane from the original "King Kong," the car KITT from the TV show "Knight Rider," and the head costume from "Alien." Perhaps the coolest item of all, the classic car from "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," was found in England and the owner agreed to sell. A future episode surely will show what should be an interesting auction for an item estimated to be worth about a million bucks.

The first season of Hollywood Treasures is only eight episodes in, so there's time to catch up online. Syfy airs two episodes every Wednesday starting at 10 p.m.

Until next week's episode, here's one man's top 5 list of Hollywood Treasures I can only dream of one day owning:

5. Hurley's golf clubs from "Lost"

4. The Batpod from "The Dark Knight"

3. Indiana Jones' whip from "Raiders of the Lost Ark"

2. 18-inch ape miniature from the original "King Kong"

1. The heavyweight championship belt from "Rocky II"

- Mark Podolski


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