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What happens to a long-running soap opera once it has been canceled, after all its characters have recovered from amnesia, reconciled their marriages and made amends with their evil twins who were recently revived from comas? It has to find new homes for all the props and set pieces it accumulated during its decades on the air.

On Saturday, soap opera fans will have a chance to own their pieces of broadcasting history when the props of a long-lived and recently canceled television serial are sold at an auction in Brooklyn. The catch is that Procter & Gamble won’t give permission for the name of the soap opera to be used in the promotion of the auction. But here’s some guidance: the show in question was the longest-running scripted program in broadcasting history before CBS ran its final episode in September.

Castners Auction & Appraisal Service will sell hundreds of items from — uh, that show — on Saturday at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The inventory, which includes almost everything you’d need to furnish a home, hospital or prison, is being sold by Props NYC, which is owned by Nicole Stiegelbauer. Her family’s scenery company, Stiegelbauer Associates, built the settings for shows like “As the World Turns” and a certain other soap opera before they were canceled.

“With the declining soap opera market here in the city,” Ms. Stiegelbauer said in a telephone interview, “there’s only so much stuff I can hold on to. I figured it was better to pass it along to willing fans who would be appreciative of the history.”

Among the items going on the block Saturday are the dining-room furnishings of the Spaulding family (from whichever show that clan appeared on), the spiral staircase of a certain well-known library and pieces of religious statuary.

“It’s like having a house,” Ms. Stiegelbauer said. “When you clean out a sound stage for a show that’s been existence for 20, 30, 40 years, it’s levels upon levels of history that just all of a sudden unravel. You’re like, ‘What does one do?’”

In this case, the items will be gathered by the truckload at Building 10 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard; a preview will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday with the sale starting at 11 a.m.

And once those pieces are gone, Ms. Stiegelbauer said, so too is the show. “For those of us that grew up watching it,” she said, “it’s like a piece of our childhood is going away.”

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My first thoughts were blades of grass, tree branches, and jars of cold desperation-filled air.

I've seen them for sale in Architectural Digest, but how many people are in the market for a spiral staircase?

ETA: I wonder if they tried to sell any to One life?

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Why are they waiting till now? Would have made better sense to capitalize on GL's finale to do this

IKR?

And if they're just selling stuff from the Peapack era, I am NOT interested.

Not that I would be able to buy anyway LOL.

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I don't think it is PG's decision, they sold the props to this woman who owns the set business but she wants to get rid of them as there are fewer and fewer soaps to sell them back to.

I would love to buy that giganto dining room table that was in the Bauer house. They used to be able to sit around 20 people! Though I have to say, maybe LW bought it years ago, she would give interviews that she always had her eye on that table.

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