The 8-minute short titled "Calling All Collectors" gives a brief look at the vast array of prized collectors’ items belonging to a former New York police officer who was one of the emergency responders in the 2001 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. Collectors from near and far visited the sale to get their hands on unique items which included life-sized statues of celebrities and movie characters, sports memorabilia and team figurines, rare Pez collection, vintage signs and advertising, and Coca Cola memorabilia.
“I figured if I tried to get rid of everything on my own, it would probably take me up to the year 2025 and I don’t have that kind of time. It’s kind of depressing to watch your memories walk out the door one by one but you open doors and close other ones. I want to go where it’s warm and enjoy the good life,” says Duke, who built the decades-old collection.
The self-commissioned documentary was produced by Lucky Rabbit Estate Sales as a gift to Duke who became ill post-911, and subsequently retired from his job as a Nassau County police officer. Most of the items in the collection are associated with happy memories from his childhood, including a large shark model that appeared in the movie Jaws. Duke decided to downsize his collection, and move to a warmer climate to spend his days riding his Harley motorcycle.
Cornelius, a collector who was featured in the film, was excited about the unique collection. He said: “You’re never going to see a collection like this again. Some of these toys are worth more than cars and houses. It’s like coming to a museum and it’s educational.”
Co-owner of Lucky Rabbit Estate Sales, Paul J. Dunn, noted that the documentary is another innovation for the estate liquidation industry, with the company leading the charge to transform the experience for its clients.
About the company
Lucky Rabbit Estate Sales is a NY Full Service Estate and Tag Sale Company with a solid reputation and happy clients. The owners are members of several professional organizations related to the estate sale industry including The New York Historical Society and The Antiques and Collectibles National Association.
Media contact: Paul J. Dunn