Sorry, folks. To see Forry’s trove you’ll have to visit the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle, the New Zealand home of The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, and the collectors who bought items at an auction 18 months ago. Ackerman, a literary agent, offered tours of his Los Feliz home, packed with thousands of movie props, books, photographs, and even life masks of his horror heroes, many of them featured in his Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. In 2002, when he encountered medical and legal problems, Ackerman began selling his treasures. He kept the choicest, including Bela Lugosi’s Dracula cape and ring, until he died in 2008 at age 92. Those two pieces sold for close to $90,000.
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