Fans of Bob Hope can buy a little piece of the legendary entertainer this weekend at a garage sale held at his Toluca Lake estate that will be a prelude to its eventual sale.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, admirers of the comedian, movie star, perennial Oscars host, tireless USO tour emcee and golf nut can purchase Christmas decorations and other items he and his wife collected after they built the place in 1939. Bob Hope died at age 100 in 2003, and Dolores died at age 102 in 2011.

"The house is not currently on the market," their daughter, Linda Hope, explained regarding much recent speculation. "The garage is being cleaned out of things to prepare it, but it's not ready to be on the market yet. Eventually, it will be sold."

Hope noted that furniture, artwork and other items from her parents' home will later be auctioned via Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, probably in the fall of 2013. No one at Julien's could confirm that Wednesday, but the company held an earlier auction of Hope memorabilia in 2008.

She also mentioned that this is the last time to enjoy a special display at 10346 Moorpark St.

"We have the Nativity up that was sort of a Christmas tradition with my parents," Hope said. "This will be the last year that it's up there, but it's for all of our neighbors and friends for whom it's kind of a highlight to have that up there at the corner for the holidays."

The real estate website Zillow.com estimates the value of one of the three land parcels the property sits on at $3.52 million.

The main house is on that parcel. It has eight bedrooms, 11 baths and comes in at around 15,000 square feet. The total, 87,000-square-foot lot includes a pool and other structures.

Stephen Hampar, broker/owner of residential and commercial real estate brokerage Hampar Properties and president of the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce, said he couldn't begin to guess what the property's market value might actually end up being.

Fans of Bob and Dolores Hope can purchase Christmas decorations and other items the couple collected over the years during a garage sale at their Toluca
Fans of Bob and Dolores Hope can purchase Christmas decorations and other items the couple collected over the years during a garage sale at their Toluca Lake home.

Hampar, who recalls taking his children trick-or-treating at the Hope estate for Halloween, hopes any new owner will preserve its historic value.

"The estate is probably the last connection to old Hollywood in the area," he said. "It really is a landmark, probably the biggest landmark for Toluca Lake."

Hampar noted that, while other famous movie stars' homes still exist in the San Fernando Valley, the size of the Hope property makes it unique.

"I know Bing Crosby had at least two homes here, and both of them remain intact," Hampar said, referring to Hope's co-star in the "Road" comedies, some of the biggest box-office hits of the 1940s. "They're not on five acres, though."

Linda Hope would not divulge any details about the sale, saying she would issue a press release when she's ready.

She did, however, address the emotional impact of ultimately giving up the home she was raised in.

"Of course, it's always very hard to part with something that's been a part of your life," Hope said. "It'll be difficult but, you know, life moves on. My mother and dad certainly had a wonderful life and shared it with a lot of people.

"By having people able to get things from the garage sale that belonged to them - as well as, later on, the better things in the auction - I think they'd be very happy to know that."

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