Sale Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 11:00 AM PDT
We are thrilled and honored to offer these incredible entertainment and pop-culture artifacts from the esteemed Dreier Collection Part II. Chad Dreier served as CEO and Board Chairman of the Fortune 500 company Ryland Homes. Between 1993 and 2009, Dreier took the homebuilding industry by storm, nearly doubling its annual production and increasing total revenues from approximately $1 billion to $4 billion.
In his private life, Chad, along with his son Doug, began assembling one of the greatest entertainment and pop-culture collections we have ever seen. The scope and breadth of the collection is astonishing, having assembled instantly recognizable costumes, props and memorabilia from the greatest stars and characters of film and television. The sale opens with the finest collection of Lucille Ball costumes, costume sketches, documents and artifacts we have ever encountered, including one of “Lucy Ricardo’s” signature polka dot dresses from Lucy’s costume designer, Elois Jenssen. Among the other pop-culture treasures is William Boyd’s signature “Hopalong Cassidy” cowboy hat, an original prop “Golden Ticket” from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Henry Winkler’s iconic “Fonzie” leather jacket from Happy Days, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s jacket from the first Terminator film and Johnny Depp’s “scissor-hand” gloves from Edward Scissorhands. Numerous heroes and villains are represented, including pieces from Batman, X-Men, Indiana Jones and the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider films. An important assemblage of artwork and artifacts from the perennial favorite, The Nightmare Before Christmas, is also featured.
In addition to entertainment, the Dreier Collection Part II features historical perspectives on pop culture through childhood toys and games, such as the vintage western variety from “Hopalong Cassidy,” “Roy Rogers” and “The Lone Ranger.” Next, moving to the “space craze” with toys like “Tom Corbett Space Cadett,” “Flash Gordon” and “Buck Rogers.” Vintage G.I. Joe action figures, classic Hot Wheels and children’s cereal boxes and premiums are also represented! There is something here for everybody. We hope you find reviewing these pieces as fascinating and entertaining as the 10,000+ people who visited the Dreiers’ private museum in Santa Barbara over the past eight years.