LA TV Insider Examiner has said it before: Joe Maddalena has the coolest job in town. As President of Profiles in History, Hollywood’s leading auction house, he spends his days digging through archives and traveling around the country to find hidden gems from screens big and small. And now we all can be a fly on his office walls as he locates long-lost memorabilia in SyFy’s new original docu-series, Hollywood Treasure.
Hollywood Treasure starts off simply enough, with Maddalena offering a tour of his facilities and his support staff, but very quickly he introduces the audience to his fast-paced way of lifestyle with three major objectives: authenticating what is being pitched to him as an original Mary Poppins bag, matching an original prop from Lost In Space to the man who currently owns the largest collection from that movie, and visiting a Batman collector to appraise (and try to convince him to part with some of) his collection. But to Maddalena, it’s all just another day at the office!
The premiere episode sees each of these objectives through and throws another in for good measure, and somehow, a bit miraculously, Maddalena never even breaks a sweat. Though he and his team are prepping for one of their quarterly live auction events, he takes it all in stride, unfazed by what has viewers talking back to the television in shocked, somewhat stunned tones. You’ll see what LA TV Insider Examiner means when you hear just where that Mary Poppins bag was being stored all these years and what the final numbers were for some of the auction lots, like the Lost In Space “space pod.”
Another can’t miss moment? Actor/ARTIST Bobby Causey’s Batman collection, which doesn’t just include original “hero” costumes from various films but also a life-size replica of Heath Ledger as the Joker in Dark Knight (facial details, hair, and all) that is as good as any Hollywood prop, as well as an actual working Batmobile. And oh yeah, he made both of those latter things!
For any true film or television fan, Hollywood Treasure takes you on a ride like non-other. You will get so swept up in the amazing, iconic pieces that you’ll find yourself scouring Profiles In History’s current auction catalog to see what you can acquire. Just don’t expect to get away cheap! As we learn from the premiere episode, items that are expected to bring in $10,000 often bring in ten times as much.
Hollywood Treasure premieres on the SyFy network next week, October 27th at 10pm. The half-hour premiere episode will be immediately followed by another episode, and trust us, after watching one, you will definitely want to ride the adrenaline high out to see the other.
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