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Elyse Luray

Interview with Elyse Luray of "Collection Intervention" on Syfy 8/7/12

Moderator: Stephen Cox
August 07, 2012
5:38 pm CT

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen thank you for standing by and welcome to the Collection Intervention Conference Call.

During this presentation, all participants will be in a listen-only mode. Afterwards we will conduct a question-and-answer session. And of course if you have a question, you may register by dialing 1, 4 on your telephone keypad. Thatís 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone keypad.

Please remember if you are - if you need to reach an operator at any time during this conference to press star, 0.

This call is being recorded Tuesday, August 7th, 2012.

It is now my pleasure to turn the conference over to Stephen Cox from SyFy. Please go ahead, sir.

Stephen Cox: Good afternoon everyone. Thank you for joining us today. Weíre really excited to have Elyse Luray on the line. She is the host of our new reality series, Collection Intervention. Collection Intervention, just as a reminder, premiers Tuesday, August, 14th, at 10:00 pm.

And without further adieu, weíll hand it over to your questions.

Operator: And ladies and gentlemen if you would like to register for questions today, you may do so by dialing the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone keypad now. You will hear a three-tone prompt to acknowledge that request.

And if your question has been answered and you would like to withdraw registration, you may do so by dialing the 1 followed by the 3.

Please remember if you are using a speakerphone, to lift up that handset before entering that request.

Before we take our first question today, 1, 4 to register questions on your telephone keypad now.

Our first question today comes from the line of Erin Willard. You may now proceed with your question.

Erin Willard: Hi Elyse. Thanks so much for being on the call today.

Elyse Luray: Oh, thank you.

Erin Willard: I loved the first episode. I just screened it today.

When I first posted about your show, my title was new series, Collection Intervention, is probably not directed at you personally, because I think that a lot of Syfy fans are kind of sensitive about it. I know a lot of Syfy fans are collectors. I'm certain that we have readers and maybe even staff members who are concerned that their collections might be looked upon as unhealthy obsessions.

So, do you have guidelines for what you consider too much?

Elyse Luray: Well, I actually donít think that any of the people that are on the show weíre looking as at as if theyíre unhealthy. I think itís when a collection gets out of control either from a monetary point of view or from a space point of view that we come in and help people.

You know, itís important I think for everyone to have passions and have collecting - and to collect. What the show really tries to do is to curate, streamline, and focus. So how do you display your collection? How do you curate your collection? How could you get rid of some of the things that donít add to your collection? And at the same time, not let it overtake your life.

So you know, the first thing is to really focus - to look at what are you focusing on? You know, what are your main things that are really collectible? What things donít fit into your collection? Are you displaying it properly?

And then to really take a hard look at the economics of your collection. Are you spending too much money? Do you have the money for it? You know, how can you streamline that? Are there things that you can sell that maybe add to storing the collection properly or you know, getting the collection appraised and under insurance.

So itís really more about helping people who have large collections focus on how to curate their collections the best.

Erin Willard: Okay, great. Great.

And I think that came across really well in the first episode too. It was really well done and you helped those people a lot.

Elyse Luray: Good. Good.

And I think you'll see if the show goes on we really - we give really good examples of not only helping them but helping others, because you know the beauty of - and I think Syfy is - why this show works so well is the beauty of collecting of sharing it with others. And a lot of people have amazing collections and theyíve just never had the opportunity to share it with others or sell some of their collection to somebody who might make that person very happy.

And it works really well with the Star Wars, because they ended up actually even donating the proceeds to their auction to the Obi Wan Ranch. So it just - it was just - at the end of each episode, I think each collector feels great.

Erin Willard: Yes, absolutely. It was terrific. Well, thank you very much for your time.

Elyse Luray: Oh, thank you.

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, just as a quick reminder to register for questions today, 1, 4 on your telephone keypad. Thatís 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone keypad.

Weíll go to Reg Seeton for our next question. Please go ahead.

Reg Seeton: Hi Elyse. Thanks for taking the call.

Elyse Luray: Hi Reg.

Reg Seeton: Hi.

Can you talk a bit about the difference between a collector and a hoarder? Because many hoarders think theyíre collectors.

Elyse Luray: Yes. I think thatís actually a very good - itís an excellent question and itís come up quite - I mean I donít think anybody on the show are hoarders. You know, hoarders are people that collect anything with no focus and doesnít really have as an emotional attachment as a collector does.

All the people on this show collect with a focus. Their collections have just gotten very big and out of control, and they just havenít had the time, or maybe the space, or maybe the economics to get it back under control. But, theyíre not collecting everything under the sun. Theyíre not collecting - you know, theyíre not going out and not throwing away things just because they have maybe the image of something that they havenít. They have boundaries and they have a focus.

So I mean, a hoarder is somebody who - and I did a show last year on hoarders for the Style Network, so I'm really in tune to what real hoarders are. You know, none of these houses are dirty. Theyíre - you know, you - theyíre very focused. Thereís an emotional attachment and a rhyme or reason as to why theyíre buying things. Theyíre not picking up just every little thing in the entire world and not letting go of it.

And, most of the people that we have in our show have sold before. You know, some of them itís part of their business, so the art of letting go although itís not easy, they have done it before. And I think a hoarder canít even let go of one little item, and that could be a piece of trash.

So it doesnít have - you know, itís very - this isnít a very - these are collectors who are extremely intelligent and theyíre extremely focused.

Reg Seeton: Well, with the Star Wars collection in the premier, was Consetta really enjoying it as compared to Mark and his Catwoman collection in the garage? Can you bridge the gap between the two?

Elyse Luray: Well, the difference is that Markís wife did not want the collection in the house, where Consettaís husband married somewhat - he was a collector as well, so they both enjoyed their collection in their home.

You know unfortunately for Mark, which I think is a big problem, is Lolly wasnít allowing any of the things in the house, and then he just kind of got shoved into the garage and then he - he really shoved it into the garage and then the collection - A, he wasnít enjoying it. And B, it was detrimental to the condition of the (unintelligible).

So my advice to people are always to be like Consetta and her husband and enjoy it. Live with it, you know. And, that was a really big red flag for Mark. Mark also had some major financial problems at the time, and in a weird kind of way his collection kind of came to the rescue because he was able to sell it and save his marriage and make good on a lot of bills that he needed to make good on.

So, itís two totally different scenarios.

Operator: Weíll move on to our next question. It is coming from the line of (Tim Holguin). You may now proceed with your question.

Tim Holguin: Hi Elyse. Itís nice to speak with you today.

Elyse Luray: Hi (Tim).

Tim Holguin: Well, I have several questions. This oneís mundane. How many episodes will be in Season 1?

Elyse Luray: Six.

Tim Holguin: Okay.

And kind of connected to the previous answer, I noticed in the - I've only seen the commercial, but I saw all of the people you were appraising their collection - it was couples. Have you been helping any single men who - or have you...

Elyse Luray: We have. Yes, we do.

Tim Holguin: Oh, okay.

Elyse Luray: Yes. Yes.

Tim Holguin: And females, of course.

Elyse Luray: Yes. There are actually more single men than there are - I donít think we did any single women. We did a - thatís interesting now that I think about it. But, we did a couple single men whoís friends have come as a concern.

Tim Holguin: Okay.

Because I thought the stereotype might apply where the wife or girlfriend just doesnít like the, you know, nerd paraphernalia and so they get it out and so they...

Elyse Luray: Yes. Yes. No. No. No. We have friends coming to the rescue as well.

Tim Holguin: Okay.

And so would you say that you've added comic book authentication and appraisal to your list - of your long list of things that you're an expert at appraising?

Elyse Luray: Well, I've worked for Christieís Auction House for 11 years, and I ran the Collectibles Department, comic books fell onto that genre.

Tim Holguin: Oh.

Elyse Luray: I've held - you know, I was in charge of multi-million dollar sales and I run the Animation Department as well. I worked with Warner Brothers, Chuck Jones, Hannah Barbara - actually, every major studio but Disney because they went to Sothebyís.

So yes, I've been working with people, artists, and studios for over 20 years, so I donít...

Tim Holguin: Yes. I did not know that.

Elyse Luray: ...think I - yes. I'm not sure if I added it. Itís kind of been part of my life. So itís actually for me when I walk in and I see these collections, its norm. Itís totally normal for me. I donít look at these people and think, ďWow. These people - you know, what is this?Ē I've been seeing it for 20 years and I actually admire it. I think itís a big feat to have a passion and be able to collect. Not many people can do it. And if you can stay focused and really go out there and get a collection like that, I'm very impressed.

So I think the point of the show is really to help people whoís collections have just gotten so big and so out of control in the sense of maybe of an economic value. I mean, you'll see throughout the whole season the first thing I says is, ďOkay. Do you know what its worth?Ē And 90% of them say, ďNo,Ē because they havenít taken the time to make an inventory. You know, get a list going and - I mean, not everybody that we do is, you know, all over the place.

You know, some of them are very well managed but itís just they got so big and so out of control that their responsibility for the collection kind of gets overwhelming.

Operator: All right.

And ladies and gentlemen as a quick reminder to register for questions today, please use 1, 4 on your telephone keypad. Thatís 1, 4 on your telephone keypad.

Our next question today comes from the line of (Christy Ann Ellen). You may now proceed with your question.

Christy Ann Ellen: Hi Elyse. Itís great to talk to you. I enjoy your work on History Detectives.

Elyse Luray: Oh, thank you.

Christy Ann Ellen: I'm a collector myself, so this is - actually hits home for me, and I've - well, I've stopped collecting. I'm into collecting experiences. So, is there anything that you need like an intervention if you had a collection or like to collect?

Elyse Luray: Do I - me personally?

Christy Ann Ellen: Yes.

Elyse Luray: Oh, God. Well, I collect Marx Brothers posters because my childrenís last name is Marx. My - their husband - my ex-husbandís last name is Marx, and I have two boys, so Marx - hence Marx Brothers. And itís and they are X. And if I had more wall space, I would probably continue to - I mean, I probably have about 10 or 15 of them. Theyíre vintage movie posters from the - you know, the time of the Marx Brothers. I would probably have more if I had room in my house.

I have a large collection of Luray China, L-U-R-A-Y, hence my last name. I've probably got 300 pieces of that, and I kind of stopped just because Martha Stewart at the time was very big and she started talking about it, and the prices just went sky high and I was like, ďOkay. I'm not doing this anymore.Ē

I collect sports memorabilia for my kids because I'm a sports auctioneer and I'm always at auctions a lot that sell sports memorabilia and I happened to run the department at Christieís for a long time and I love sports.

So I like Southwestern art. I like photography. I love diamonds if someone would buy them for me. Yes, I collect a lot of things. I mean, I've gone through a lot - I went to - I used to collect Fischer Price toys. I sold those. You know, the vintage wood ones. I went through a major (unintelligible) series where I tried to get the whole series with my mother concentrating on (LeTreck) and (Mooca). Theyíre French - I donít know if you know what they are. Theyíre French illustration posters that were put out in the Ď20s.

I had French posters for awhile. I've gone through quite a bit of stuff, but I could sell. You know, when my tastes change I could sell.

Christy Ann Ellen: Wow. Thatís a lot of things. Yes.

I find - like collecting - like you get into - you find other things and - so do you think that - where do you think the best places is - I donít know how they sold off the items - I havenít seen the first episode yet.

Elyse Luray: Yes.

Christy Ann Ellen: So it looks like a lot of people once they get organized and they have the ability to let go of the items, were would a collector go? What do you...

Elyse Luray: Well, thatís a good question. No, I think you have to look at a lot of different things to decide whatís best for you. Clearly if you have the time, you can put it online, but you have to have the time to put it online, take the pictures, be able to go and get them boxed up and ship them.

A lot of the times what weíve been doing because itís collectibles and thereís very big collectible shows out, you know, around the country, weíve been taking the stuff to a collectible show where they can sell it that day for cash. And, they really only have a day. And thatís a - time seems to be a big problem with most of these collectors.

And then you know, you also have to look at is - you know, is it high-end and rare? Because if itís high-end and rare, it should go to an auction house. You know, certainly, you're going to get your highest price at a - you know, and I'm not just saying that because, you know, I'm personally - it was my life for so many years, but you know really good stuff should go to an auction house.

Christy Ann Ellen: What do you think is about the rarest collections out there? I mean, are - I mean, a lot of this stuff is like very popular culture. I donít know if itís - is it - are a lot of the shows like (unintelligible) towards just Sci-Fi collections?

Elyse Luray: Well for what we did, everything is obviously on target you know, for a Sci-Fi. But you know, there are some collections that we did - we did one guy who collected horror posters and spook posters, kind of more of an underground collecting, and he had a fabulous collection. And he held a party for him - you'll see he made a couple thousand dollars.

I mean, I think one person came in and spent $4,000 on a Warhol piece, a Warhol book, and a Keith Haring piece. So he had a very rare collection in the sense that not many people collect underground posters and underground art. You know, Robert Crumb is probably the most collectible of that genre, so he was the rarest, but that doesnít necessarily always mean itís the best. It just means that itís really rare.

One of the things that I do preach throughout the show is please stay away from, you know, limited editions that are you know produced in the thousands, because theyíre not holding their value. So you know, I like to see collections if you're buying a limited edition, itís below $300. Those values seem to go up. So thereís a lot of things in these six episodes that are not very rare, but theyíre very relatable.

Operator: And ladies and gentlemen to register for questions today, 1, 4 on your telephone keypad.

Weíll move to Stacy Roberts for our next question. You may now proceed.

Stacy Roberts: Hi Elyse. I love the show.

Elyse Luray: Thanks Stacy.

Stacy Roberts: So my questions is in the first episode, we saw the Catwoman collection. We saw Star Wars. What are we going to see in the next five episodes?

Elyse Luray: Good question. We see, if memory serves me correctly, a Transformer collection, a robot collection, a Barbie collection where the mother actually has taken over the entire house with her Barbie collection. The kids donít even have closets anymore.

We see an underground collection of movie - really movie posters and underground art. We see action figures. What else? Thatís pretty much it. Action figures. Movie posters. Barbie. Oh, hot rods. They have a big hot rod collection. A GI Joe collection. So you know, another comic collection.

And I will say this, thereís not a collection besides Barbie that I walked into where I havenít seen Yoda. Yoda is everywhere.

Stacy Roberts: Really?

Elyse Luray: Everyone has Star Wars. And particularly Yoda. He seems to be following me around this summer.

Stacy Roberts: There wasnít a Yoda Barbie?

Elyse Luray: There was not a Yoda Barbie. She did not have anything Star Wars, but she had everything - like she - I walked in and I said, ďOh, my God. This is my past.Ē You know, I mean, she had everything I played with when I was a kid.

Stacy Roberts: So what would you say to someone if they wanted to know like what is the best way to take care of a collection?

Elyse Luray: Oh, thereís a couple tips. I mean, one is display is really, really important. And depending where you live in the country, you need to know the humidity, sunlight, you know cold, hot. But you need to just - and you need to really be careful of dirt.

I mean, there was a lot of - there was a Flintstones collection we also did and the guy had amazing, amazing Hanna Barbara toys but they were so filthy.

And the plastic from that time period - so you actually went from cellulite to heavy plastic from the Ď60s to the Ď80s, so plastic actually changes and it absorbs - in the earlier toys, it really absorbs dust. And it can change the plastic and really damage the toys. So display is very important on how you take care of your objects.

The second thing is know what you have. You got to know what you have. You got to know where it is. Where you have it. Every collection I walked into, they knew they had it, they just couldnít find it. You know, so I think curating your collection, inventorying it, knowing what you have is really important.

And then - and really focusing. Whatís the focus of your collection? Donít stray. And those pieces that you stray with, get rid of them at some point because, you know, you need to sell off or put money towards your collection. Because at some point, a collection is worth money if you (come to) responsibility.

Operator: Weíll move to our next question. It comes from the line of Cathy Huddleston. You may now proceed.

Cathy Huddleston: Hi.

Elyse Luray: Hi Cathy.

Cathy Huddleston: Thanks for talking to us today.

Elyse Luray: My pleasure.

Cathy Huddleston: I missed the first couple minutes. I apologize if somebodyís already asked this question. Just let me know.

Elyse Luray: No problem.

Cathy Huddleston: It - who would you say - I mean of the people that you've dealt with in this first season, which ones really kind of touched you the most?

Elyse Luray: You know, they all touched me in certain different ways. I will say that Consetta was probably the hardest one to break because - I mean, she was so emotionally attached to Star Wars in so many different ways. You know, it wasnít just about collecting for her. It was her childhood. I mean, her wedding, she dressed up as Princess Lea.

She ended up donating the money back - you know, some money back to Obi - the ranch that we held the auction in. And I really saw a very strong transformation in her in the understanding that letting go of objects to other people that enjoy objects just as much as she - as you do is a real joy.

You know, the art of giving and giving to other people is the beauty sometimes of collecting. And I think when she just did not want to let go of anything. And when she saw - when she was able to feel that giving, you know, she really (unintelligible). So she was probably one of the hardest nuts, you know, to break in that aspect.

And then you will see in one of the episodes where we do give some toys to an orphanage - and I had never been to an orphanage before, and I just - I was very overwhelmed by the children and their appreciation for these toys that one collector was giving. It was very emotional for me.

Cathy Huddleston: And I would ask you then also, you know, when you - you know, we see some of what you do, some of your techniques, but whatís your real secret then to cracking those nuts? You know...

Elyse Luray: I think - well A is honesty. You know, really being honest and saying, ďOkay. This is not worth anything and this is really what its worth.Ē I get it because I've been doing this - this has been my world, collecting and collectors for 20 years, so I have - I respect them. You know, this - to me, these collectors have done - have an incredible feat and theyíve done something that a lot of people canít do. And I think that thatís great. I donít think theyíre crazy or hoarders, or anything like that.

So thereís a trust element. I think thatís the first thing we try to establish.

And then itís really the process. The teaching them the process. Like, ďThese are great. I love the way you're doing this. These are things that maybe you need to get rid of, and this is why.Ē And you know after you kind of sit down and rationalize it with them, they know - I mean, theyíre - you know, thereís a reason theyíre going on the show. They know they need help, and sometimes the help is just they havenít had the time to mentally sit there and think, ďOkay. What do I need to do to get through this?Ē

And that kind of - once we start trusting each other and working together - I mean, I'm down on my hands and knees helping these people crate their stuff and bringing them to shows to sell it. You know, weíre in it together.

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, the Q&A lines are still open. If you would like to register for a question, please use the 1, 4 that is located on your telephone keypad.

Weíll move over to Diane Morasco for our next question. You may now proceed.

Diane Morasco: Hello?

Elyse Luray: Hi Diane.

Diane Morasco: Hi Elyse. How are you?

Elyse Luray: Good.

Diane Morasco: Okay, I want to ask you something. What are the three elements that makes a collection worthy of going to an auction house as opposed to someone sticking it on eBay or keeping it in their garage for future family members?

Elyse Luray: Well, it really depends on what the item is. If it was going to go up for - to an auction, A, itís really usually the monetary value. Because if itís a lower-end piece, it doesnít - itís not worth the money. You know, putting it up to an auction house costs money, you know, and so usually they donít take things that have a certain monetary value. Thatís really the first echelon is you know how much is it worth?

The second really is - you know, for eBay is what is a piece? If itís a multiple where thereís a lot of - do you have a lot of it and a lot of volume? I always say just put it up - you know, put it up for eBay. Itís not worth that much money. You might as well put it up there.

And then keeping stuff in your garage, which I donít like to say your garage, but keeping stuff in your house - the garage is really a bad place just to store stuff. But things that are very contemporary that are unique, I always say hold on to. If it - weíre specifically talking about maybe the Sci-Fi with character in comics. Usually if a movie is coming out or a movie has been collectible for awhile, I say hold on to it because itíll go - it creates awareness and then usually increases in value.

So, it kind of really depends on what the pieces are.

Diane Morasco: Okay. How about in todayís erratic economic times, you think collecting is becoming a luxury, or do you think that people set aside - budget their money so that they can maintain a collection?

Elyse Luray: I donít - you know, I think it depends on what youíre - what you like to do. I think you can collect on any level. And you know, itís not cheap to go to the movies, but you know you could spend one night instead of going to the movies going to a flea market. There are finds out there. You can easily collect things that are not worth a lot of money. And, I do encourage people to - no matter what your economic means are, you could still collect.

What we do on the show is if you are having some financial strains, we try to think whatís the best way for you to collect if thatís the issue? Maybe thatís selling some pieces that donít fit into your collection? Maybe thatís not buying (almost) every day and (unintelligible) once a month. You know, there are ways to curtail. But I wouldnít want anybody to ever stop having passions for collecting. There are ways to do it no matter what your economic means are.

Diane Morasco: Okay. My other questions is Elyse, do you think sports cards are as in demand as they once were for collectors?

Elyse Luray: Sports cards? Is that what you said?

Diane Morasco: Yes.

Elyse Luray: Cards as in like baseball cards or cars?

Diane Morasco: Yes, as in baseball cards. I'm sorry.

Elyse Luray: Thatís okay.

You know, no I donít. I think the market kind of got burned when some of the cards went very limited - you know, kind of exploded. But, the vintage cards are very still in demand. You know, itís the contemporary market thatís been really killed in the last couple of years. But, I would encourage people from sports to collect, you know, vintage - a vintage Tops Mickey Mantle - í52 Mickey Mantle is a very, very expensive card. Itís the first appearance of Mickey Mantle.

You know, a Honus Wagner is going up for auction right now. Itís a Piedmont card from 19 - I think itís 1918, and thatís - you know, it could be a million dollar card. Magic cards, which are not sports cards, but non sports cards, are very collectible right now and theyíre contemporary. Theyíre doing very well.

So it really kind of depends, but sports cards in itself I would stick to vintage.

Diane Morasco: Okay.

And my last question is what age do you think a lifelong collector begins at? I mean, really, like this is not just you know, ďHey. I'm collecting stuff. This is something different that I really want to display.Ē What age do you think defines - it begins (that with child)? Or five or eight? (Unintelligible) like (unintelligible)...


Elyse Luray: (Unintelligible)..

Diane Morasco: Well, five or eight years old? That a - what did you collect at that age?

Elyse Luray: Barbieís. Barbieís and stuffed animals.

Diane Morasco: Thank you so much.

Elyse Luray: And stuffed animals. I canít even begin to tell you how many stuffed animals I had.

Diane Morasco: Your favorite stuffed animal?

Elyse Luray: My favorite stuffed animal was Snoopy, and I had all the clothes to change into. Every - I used to like have goals. And when I got the goals - you know, if I got a report card or if I did something, I would get another Snoopy clothes.

Diane Morasco: Oh, thatís amazing.

Elyse, I canít wait. I'm so excited for you. And you know what? Season 2 should come out in January.

Elyse Luray: Oh, thank you very much. Itís very sweet.

Operator: Weíll move to our next question. It comes from - is a follow-up question from the line of Stacy Roberts. You may now proceed with your question.

Stacy Roberts: ...and thatís featured on the show?

Elyse Luray: I'm sorry Stacy. I didnít hear you.

Stacy Roberts: What was the most expensive item that is featured on the show? Like of the items that you found?

Elyse Luray: Thatís a good question. I mean, I have to think about that one. Off the top of my head there was a Warhol book that was about $1,000. I donít - you know what? I canít remember. Is that terrible?

Things about $1,000 to about $2,000. Thereís a Warhol book. There was a Transformer that was worth maybe $1,000 that was one of the first Transformers. There was a couple GI Joe toys that were maybe $500 to $800. You know, there were things in like the $1000 range. There was nothing like $10,000 or $15,000.

But I will say this. The collections themselves - I mean, a lot of them were six figures. Easily six figures. I mean, these people have serious collections.

Stacy Roberts: And was there any item that you wanted to take home with you?

Elyse Luray: A lot. In probably every episode, there was something I could take home. You know, you just - things are cool. You know - I mean, maybe I would not need a Transformer or - you know, a Transformer in my life, but even a hot - thereís something called Hot Toys, which are sculptures that are limited edition that I was never really a big fan of, but now I'm like the artistic value in them is so strong that I want to buy them.

I've always been obsessed with Star Wars, so I would take anything from Star Wars.

Stacy Roberts: Was there any item that you had never seen before that you were surprised to...

Elyse Luray: Yes. Yes. Yes, there were a lot of items I hadnít seen before. I've heard of them before, but you know these collectors in each genre had cream-de-la-cream. So you know, there was a robot - there were a couple of robots I hadnít seen before. There were a couple of - there were many Transformers that I hadnít seen before.

Even Barbie. You know, we - in the episode with Barbie, thereís a Number 1 Barbie, and I'd never physically touched the Number 1 Barbie before. You know, theyíre just really rare and not out there.

So I would say in every collection there was something, which is great you know.

Stacy Roberts: What was it like...

Elyse Luray: Like the beauty of collecting is you know - is seeing and learning. And you always think thereís nothing else to see or learn and then boom - you walk into somebodyís house and they have it. And thatís the beauty of it.

Stacy Roberts: And what was it like touching that Number 1 Barbie?

Elyse Luray: Oh, it was totally cool. I mean, you know, I mean - I've been - you know luckily for me, through Christieís and (PBS), I've had access to some unbelievable archives in my life and I've touched incredible objects. But you know, physically being with one of them is - you know, itís a great thing.

Stacy Roberts: So then in your career, what has been like the best item that you've ever seen from a collection? Like that really stays with you?

Elyse Luray: Oh, God. The Rosebud sled. The Maltese Falcon. Maybe the first story board from Disney. I did - oh God, thereís so much. (Unintelligible). I did Chuck Jonesí personal collection, and his story boards and his creations of Bugs Bunny were incredible. I mean, the list is endless.

Today itís some items - you know, in that story on (PBS) when the Titanic, I have - I found a piece of the Titanic. I did a story on Bob Dylanís guitar from when he went electric in the Newport Jazz Festival in 1965. God, itís just thatís a really strong question.

I found a piece of the Star Spangled Banner. So I've seen some really fascinating artifacts in my life, luckily.

Stephen Cox: Great.

And at this time we have no more questions. Elyse, thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us today.

Just a reminder to everyone, Collection Intervention premiers next Tuesday, August 14th, at 10:00 pm.

Thank you very much Elyse.

Elyse Luray: Thank you.

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, that will conclude our conference call. We thank you for your participation, and you may now disconnect your lines.

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