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Comic Billy Crystal to auction mementos to help Long Beach

Billy Crystal auctioning off memorabilia to help Long Beach

Billy Crystal describes some of the movie memorabilia he'll be auctioning off from his personal collection on eBay to benefit his hometown of Long Beach. (Credit: YouTube)

Actor and Long Beach resident Billy Crystal is auctioning off memorabilia to raise funding for his hometown as it continues to rebuild from superstorm Sandy.

Crystal said in a video that he is downsizing his Culver Studios office outside Hollywood and auctioning off his movie and sports mementos on eBay.

He said he’s selling the items “to raise money for my hometown of Long Beach, Long Island, that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy a couple of years ago and I’m helping them rebuild the city,” Crystal said. “There are some really great personal things that I hope you will buy.”

All net proceeds will go to the Long Beach Relief Effort, city officials said. About 80 items are up for auction, including autographed magazine covers and a prototype poster for his Long Beach-based Broadway show, “700 Sundays.”

Other memorabilia include signed scripts from the movie “City Slickers,” Crystal’s personal art collection and sports memorabilia, including jackets and jerseys.

This is not the first time Crystal has rallied behind his hometown. He made a $1 million donation to Long Beach shortly after the October 2012 storm to help the city rebuild its waterfront boardwalk, parks and other community projects.

He also lobbied with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to secure federal funding to replace hundreds of trees destroyed by saltwater flooding.

“Billy is our favorite son,” Long Beach Councilman Anthony Eramo said. “He never forgot where he came from and still has Long Beach sand in his shoes. His generosity to Long Beach has always been amazing.”

The eBay auction runs through Sunday.

The memorabilia can be purchased at stores.ebay.com/Auction-Cause/Billy-Crystal.html

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