|Melrose Place Series Finale Items Up for Auction Only at Amazon.com|
Fans Can Now Bid on and Own Items from the Last Episode of Melrose Place; Auction Benefits Two Great Charities, Courtesy of Spelling Television, ARTISTdirect, and Amazon.com Auctions
SEATTLE, May 25--/PRNewswire/--Last night, one of TV's hottest series of the 1990s came to an end, and today, fans can bid on items from the unforgettable and historic last Melrose Place episode at Amazon.com Auctions (NASDAQ: AMZN), the exclusive site for this unique online charity auction of memorabilia from a major television series.
An unveiling of the finale items took place last night at the Beverly Hills Planet Hollywood during a special viewing party with fans and Melrose Place cast members, Thomas Calabro (Michael Mancini), Kelly Rutherford (Megan Lewis), Jamie Luner (Lexi Sterling), and Rena Sofer (Eve Cleary). Immediately after the airing of the last episode on FOX at 9 p.m. PDT, the following items opened for bidding at www.amazon.com/auctions: Amanda and Peter's ashes; Amanda's heart-shaped locket given to her by Kyle; a black Bible used by the preacher marrying Lexi and Michael; a picture of an ultrasound of Jane and Michael's baby; the baby mobile Kyle hung in the nursery; Lexi's license plate from her Jaguar used by Eve to run over Peter and Amanda; Peter and Eve's dissolution-of-marriage paperwork, signed by Jack Wagner; Amanda and Kyle's judgment of divorce, signed by Heather Locklear; and a set of scripts from every Melrose Place episode, including the finale.
Special items, most signed by the cast, have also been added to the auction. These items include the first script when Amanda Woodward joined Melrose Place, signed by Locklear; Megan's dress from her wedding to Ryan; Jake and Alison's marriage certificate; Amanda and Peter's marriage certificate, signed by Jack Wagner; a signed script by the cast from the final season; cast photos signed by Aaron Spelling; as well as other signed scripts and legal documents. Bidding for all Melrose Place items closes on May 27, 1999.
"We're delighted to give our fans a chance to have something from our most exhilarating episode ever," said Aaron Spelling, executive producer of Melrose Place. "We worked very hard to make the Melrose Place good-bye one that our fans would never forget."
"We're excited be offering these wonderful pieces of TV history while welcoming Melrose Place fans into the Amazon.com Auctions community," said Joel Spiegel, vice president and general manager, Amazon.com Auctions. "We expect that these very historic and special Melrose Place auction items will be cherished by the winning bidders."
Visitors to the Melrose Place auction site can also click to www.melroseplace.com to register to win the original Melrose Place apartment complex sign and other exciting prizes.
The auction is a collaboration among Amazon.com Auctions; Spelling Television and its merchandising division, Hamilton Projects; and ARTISTdirect. More than 200 original wardrobe items, props, and furnishings from Melrose Place opened for bidding on Amazon.com Auctions the evening of May 17. Net proceeds of the 10-day online charity auction will benefit the American Cancer Society and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
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About Melrose Place and Spelling Television
Spelling Television is a division of Spelling Entertainment Group, Inc. (NYSE, PE: SP), a leading producer and distributor of television and film entertainment. In addition to Spelling Television, the company comprises Big Ticket Television, Worldvision Enterprises, and Hamilton Projects. The company has 11 series in production for the 1998/99 season and, through its combined libraries, controls approximately 10,000 hours of programming for worldwide distribution. Viacom, Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIAb) owns approximately 80 percent of Spelling's common stock.
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