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Hollywood auction to benefit arts program for at-risk youth

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An auction of thousands of items from the Hollywood Entertainment Museum continues Sunday at the Hollywood Center Studios. The museum is raising funds for its education program.

The auction’s been underway online for a few days at Vice President Melissa Storment showed a sample of what’s available.

"We have a crystal ball from 'Nightmare Alley.'" Storment said as she walked through Sound Stage 7. "We have the black silk braided wig from 'Cleopatra.'"

There’s also Frank Sinatra’s wig and Sammy Davis Jr.’s desk. They’re items from the collection of the Hollywood Entertainment Museum, which is temporarily closed.

President Phyllis Caskey says the museum’s successful Hollywood Media Arts Academy suffered from state budget cuts and needs funds to continue educating at-risk youth.

"No one wants to sell your collection," said Caskey, "but we’ve had the collection in storage for 3 years and we felt that this was urgent enough that we needed these funds to save this program."

Caskey says the museum’s education programs have served over 2000 students in the Southland.