YONKERS, NY — David Letterman retired from the CBS Late Show in May 2015, but now you can own a piece of the show’s history. A trove of props and costumes from The Late Show With David Letterman TV show – over 3,000 items, many to be offered in multiples, including articles of clothing worn by Mr. Letterman and his guests, costumes worn in comedy skits, and props from innumerable bits done over the years – will be sold in a series of five online-only auctions, September 19-23.
“If you include Late Night With David Letterman (on NBC) and The Late Show With David Letterman (on CBS), about 5,000 shows were produced over the course of 31 years,” said Bill Howze of The Renaissance Auction Group, the Reading, PA-based firm conducting the auction. “Thousands of props, costumes and accessories were used during that period, and they are now being sold at auction.”
The series of auctions is titled “Last Late Show Dates With Dave.” In a nod to the show’s airing schedule, the events will be held Monday through Friday (Sept. 19-23) from 7:30-9 pm Eastern time (90 minutes, just like the show).
Lots can be viewed and bid on now through the closing of each auction, online, at The Renaissance Group’s website, www.auctionhowze.com. They can also be previewed live the weekend of Sept. 17-18 at Beyond Costumes, Inc., located at 530 Nepperhan Avenue in Yonkers, N.Y. The owner of the business, Ms.Yon Zweibon, acquired the massive inventory last summer after being contacted by a designer from the show during its waning days.
The Sept. 19th session will feature costumes, clothing and props worn by David Letterman, his flamboyant bandleader Paul Shafferand other cast members; items used in skits by Bill Murray,Joaquin Phoenix and Martin Short, among others; US Postal Service clothing, uniforms worn in skits (hats, shorts, work shirts, khaki pants); and memorabilia from Star Wars.
The Sept. 20th session will include military-themed clothes, uniforms and props (especially US Navy); David Letterman andPaul Shaffer worn suits; African-influenced clothing; “Cats”; Keebler Elf, Spiderman, Ironman, cockroach, turkey, dog and jockey costumes, among others.
The Sept 21st session will contain additional US military-themed items (especially US Army), to include camouflage clothing, flight (jump) suits, olive drab clothing and more; a large group of chefs’ hats and jackets; a Letterman-worn Brooks Brothers shirt; masks used in various themed skits; and sports, hunting and fishing gear.
The Sept. 22nd session will feature baseball and basketball uniforms and equipment; men’s shoes, shirts and ties; women’s shoes, purses and handbags; a Madonna Super Bowl costume; masks from Alien and other skits; a US Masters men’s green sports coat; a distressed Boston Red Sox baseball jersey (#24); and more.
On day five, Sept. 23rd, the auction series will conclude with Hawaiian print shirts worn by Letterman; men’s hats (to include Stetsons, derbies, fedoras, cowboy hats, fishermen’s hats, berets, sombreros, more); men’s and women’s sweaters and vests; Speedo swimsuits; Everlast boxing gear; football-themed items, gear and apparel; and women’s suits used in Hillary Clinton skits.