Thursday, November 17, 2005
Supposedly, the original Hollywood sign is up for sale. Not to be confused with the current one most people see in California, but the original itself, built in 1923 for a real estate development company.
Due to termites, arson, and other damage, the sign needed to be either repaired or replaced. In 1978, 'Playboy' publisher Hugh Hefner sponsored a party to do just that. Celebrities including Gene Autry and Alice Cooper, along with other individuals, kicked in funds to restore the iconic sight.
If the whole sign is too much for your rec room, or that starting bid price is a bit shocking, how about owning a small piece instead?
NPR has a feature on the history of the famous American landmark. Check it out at this link.