The original Hollywood sign built by film director Mack Sennett and LA Times publisher Harry Chandler in 1923 is up for sale on Ebay. The bidding starts at US $300,000.
The current owner wants to sell it because he says he is too busy working on other projects and more importantly he want to use the proceeds to finance a Hollywood project he is working on!
In case you are wondering what you could do with a Hollywood sign, here are some ideas given by the seller himself. He says you could use it as a tourist attraction, sell pieces of the sign to memorabilia collectors as business or raise money for charities. You can also keep it as a trophy in your house or in a museum.
He says that owning the Hollywood sign opened a lot of doors for him here in Hollywood!
Some interesting facts associated with the sign are that an actress named Peg Entwistle committed suicide by jumping off the letter H in 1932. In 1978 the original sign was taken down due to wear and tear and a new sign was built.
Hank Berger purchased the sign that was taken down in that year and the current owner Dan Bliss bought it from him in 2003.
Another incentive that is being offered is that the winning bidder will have an option to keep the www.AuthenticHollywood.com web site along with documents, photos and other business items. There are no bids on this item so far.
So if you want to be famous simply for owning something, you have 3 days 9 hours left to place your bid on Ebay!