Waxahachie

Memorabilia From '60s TV Show ‘The Munsters' Hits Auction Block

The McKees don't open their home to daily public tours, though they do offer appointment-only visits

NBCUniversal, Inc. For more than 50 years ‘The Munsters’ have entertained families and now some frightfully fun items from the ’60s sitcom could be yours. NBC 5 got a sneak peak at some of TV memorabilia offered by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions.

In Waxahachie, Texas, a small city due south of Dallas, there's a mansion that could be mistaken for the set of the iconic 1960s TV show "The Munsters" — but it's actually the home of Chuck and Sandra McKee.

“It’s ongoing work for the last 20 years,” said co-owner Chuck McKee.

McKee said transforming their home into a replica of the Munsters' mansion at 1313 Mockingbird Lane was his wife’s idea, but he’s clearly embraced the 60s sitcom theme, too.

Memorabilia from the show ‘The Munsters’ is going up for auction. Heritage Auctions showed off the items at the ‘Munster Mansion’ in Waxahachie. Katy Blakey reports.

The house is all his handiwork — from the replica staircase with the family’s pet dragon Spot to the kitchen, bedrooms and rotted tree stump out front.

“It’s just clean, wholesome fun,” McKee said. “They were an American family. They just looked kind of funny.”

The McKees opened their doors to Heritage Auctions this week. The Dallas-based auction house is preparing to auction off what is believed to be the world’s largest private collection of "Munsters" memorabilia.

The items belonged to late television producer Kevin Burns and include Lily Munster’s flowing gown, Grandpa’s jacket and electric chair, Eddie Munster’s costume and more.

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Yvonne De Carlo iconic "Lily Munster" Vampire Batwing Dress from The Munsters (CBS TV, 1964-1966).
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Some of the items up for auction at the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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Grandpa's Electric Chair inside the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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Butch Patrick "Eddie Munster" purple velvet costume from Munster, Go Home! (Universal, 1966).

Actor Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster on the show, is a friend of the McKees and came to town to visit them and see the memorabilia.  

He called Waxahachie’s Munster Mansion one of his "favorite places on the planet."

“I’ve known [the McKees] for over 20 years,” Patrick said. “I’ve seen the development of the house and it’s phases. It’s a constant work in progress.”

Patrick said he loved his time on the show and always enjoyed watching the special effects and the make-up artists do their work behind the scenes.

Yet, Patrick admits he saved very little from the set for himself.

“I would bring home stuff, but I would give it away to friends — the ears, headpieces from Herman, I even gave away my scripts,” Patrick said. “But I gave a lot of stuff to a lot of happy people so I’d like to think I shared a lot of good memories with other people.”

He now enjoys touring the country meeting fans and promoting his new YouTube Channel, "All Things Munster."

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The Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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Butch Patrick “Eddie Munster” signature costume and extra coat from The Munsters (CBS, 1964-1966).
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Yvonne De Carlo's iconic “Lily Munster” Vampire Batwing Dress from The Munsters (CBS TV, 1964-1966).
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Butch Patrick's “Eddie Munster” purple velvet costume from Munster, Go Home! (Universal, 1966).
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Some of the items up for auction at the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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Original The Munsters Magazine Cover Art for Monster World #2 and Famous Monsters of Filmland #209 by Vic Prezio
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Original “Herman Munster” Magazine Cover Painting for Famous Monsters of Filmland
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Grandpa’s Electric Chair inside the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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Original The Munsters Doorknob from the “1313 Mockingbird Lane” Set (CBS, 1964-1966).
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Original The Munsters “Frankenstein” Electrical Switch Plate from the “1313 Mockingbird Lane” Set (CBS, 1964-1966).
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The Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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The Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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Front Door of the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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The entry way of the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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The entry way of the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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The Coffin Phone Booth inside the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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The living room inside the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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Herman Munster at the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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The doorway to the dungeon inside the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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The harp in the living room of the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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The Dining Room inside the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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The Dining Room inside the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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Lili Munster in the kitchen of the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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Lili Munster in the kitchen of the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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A butler inside the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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The Munster Mansion Homeowner’s memorabilia room
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The Munster Mansion Homeowner’s memorabilia room
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A closet inside the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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A TV inside the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas that was playing the original show “The Munsters”
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The rotating Suit of Armor inside the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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The rotating Suit of Armor inside the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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Lili & Herman’s bedroom inside the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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Lili & Herman’s bedroom inside the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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Lili & Herman’s bedroom inside the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas
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Marilyn Munster’s bedroom inside the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas.
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Marilyn Munster’s bedroom inside the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas.
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Marilyn Munster’s bedroom inside the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas.
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Phone inside Grandpa’s bedroom inside the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas.
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Grandpa’s bedroom inside the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas.
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Grandpa’s bedroom inside the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas.
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Grandpa’s bedroom inside the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas.
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Eddie Munster's Bedroom at the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas.
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Eddie Munster's Bedroom at the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas.
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Eddie Munster's Bedroom at the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas.
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Eddie Munster's Bedroom at the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas.
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Eddie Munster's Bedroom at the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas.

As for the McKees, their home is not open to daily public tours, though they do offer visits by appointment only.

They don’t watch the show as much as they did during their early years of building the home, but they are always looking for ways to make the house as authentic as possible to the TV set.

“We do stuff and then we re-do stuff,” McKee said. “We’re semi-retired now so we can devote more time to it. It’s been a lot of fun.”

NBC DFW was invited to the 'Munster Mansion" in Waxahachie on Wednesday and is giving you a full walking tour inside the home. For more information about the home, visit https://www.munstermansion.com/.
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The Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas

NBC Universal's Universal 1440 Entertainment is developing a new Munsters feature film that is being directed by musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie. A release date has not been confirmed.