The Comisar Collection conserves more historic television costumes, props, sets and related ephemera than any other archive—including the fabled Smithsonian in Washington DC—and maintains a level of collection care that leads the nation in the preservation of Hollywood materials.
The objects in our care are the touchstones of a shared past, and they memorialize the reciprocal influence between television and American culture. We are proud to excite and educate the general public about social history, and our materials have been showcased on programs including “The Today Show,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” CNN, as well as having been the subject of documentaries produced by The Learning Channel and The History Channel. Additionally, we have been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Art & Antiques, Esquire, People Magazine, TV Guide and many other publications; and President Bill Clinton, President Ronald Reagan, Governor Gray Davis, and a dozen senators are among those who have acknowledged our archival and humanitarian efforts.
Collection founder and president James Comisar is a renowned art market specialist with the focused expertise of locating, valuating, authenticating and caring for television artifacts, having created the marketplace in 1989. He is of service to a stellar clientele that has included Johnny Carson, David Chase, Simon Cowell, Norman Lear, David Letterman, Ray Romano, Jerry Seinfeld, Donald Trump, Steven Spielberg, Aaron Spelling, John Wells and Dick Wolf; and he has expertized many millions of dollars worth of ephemera presented by auction houses Butterfield & Butterfield, Bonhams, Christie’s North America, Christie’s South Kensington, Heritage, Julien’s, Profiles in History, Sotheby’s North America, Sotheby’s United Kingdom, as well as having founded the Hollywood memorabilia department for eBay-Butterfields in 1991.
While James Comisar preserves the past, he is also committed to assisting those who struggle with the present. He has sponsored tens of thousands of meals for the homeless population of Los Angeles, underwritten medical and nutritional necessities for children and their caregivers challenged with HIV-AIDS, and he has long been associated with Project Angel Food, a Los Angeles-based agency that delivers meals to those with life-threatening illnesses, for whom he and his colleagues have raised over $1 million.