Hollywood history for auction to benefit media arts program for at-risk youth

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A full scale replica of the Alien Creature from the popular Alien film series could be yours through the Hollywood Entertainment Museum auction hosted this weekend.

More than 100 years of Hollywood history are up for auction to raise funds for the Hollywood Media Arts Academy. The academy provides traditional and media arts education to high school drop-outs, youth on probation, foster youth and students in need of an alternative.

Alfred Hitchcock’s honorary Ph.D. from Columbia University, Sammy Davis Jr.’s old desk, and a pair of Judy Garland’s ruby slippers from the MGM wardrobe are among the items from the Hollywood Entertainment Museum's inventory that are now on the auction block.

Hollywood Entertainment Museum President Phyllis Caskey says the Hollywood Media Arts Academy has changed a number of students' lives.

"They wanted to come to this school because we’re offering not only a traditional education, but the media arts training," Caskey said. "It’s been unbelievable how quickly these young people see the opportunity that’s being presented to them. Their attendance rates are absolutely amazing."

The auction is already underway online at SuperAuctions.com.

The live auction takes place Saturday and Sunday starting at 11 a.m. at the Hollywood Center Studios, Sound Stage 7.

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