Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington has found the most extreme home of them all: The high-end auction house.

The host of TV's long-running feel-good reality series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Pennington has now signed on to host The Great Big American Auction — which just landed a pilot order from ABC. (Pennington's not moving far: ABC is also the network behind Home Edition.)

Think of Great Big American Auction as a more contemporary Antiques Roadshow. In this case, Great Big American Auction will feature personal treasures with a historic, artist or pop culture bent, all being auctioned off to the higher bidder (and all with a personal story to boot). Among the examples: A near-mint copy of Amazing Spider-Man #1; a ring once owned by Elvis Presley; and an autographed Les Paul guitar being auctioned off to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research.

The show is also touting a fully intact checkbook ledger featuring 132 checks signed by Ty Cobb in 1931 and 1932, rescued from the baseball legend's Georgia home after a fire.

Cineflix Productions (American Pickers) is behind the show, along with Heritage Auction Galleries, which plans to hold the auction at the Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach, Calif., on Saturday, April 16. The auction will be shot for the pilot, and is open only to "qualified bidders." For more information, go to Heritage's website.

Heritage experts will handle the appraisal of the items and run the auction, while Pennington hosts. Former The Bachelor and The Bachelorette showrunner Lisa Levenson is the executive producer.

"The quality of the material is only matched by the moving stories and significant personalities of those individuals who have trusted us with their prized possessions," Pennington writes in its introduction to the event. "The lots have been chosen for rarity, value, breadth of appeal and the depth of the story associated with it."

Pennington has hosted Home Edition since 2003. Before that, he was a popular carpenter on TLC's Trading Spaces.

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