‘American Pickers’: Looking Back at Some of Mike Wolfe’s Creepiest Finds

by Keeli Parkey
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To say that “American Pickers” star Mike Wolfe has come across some interesting items during his career in antiques would be an understatement.

But, while there have been many interesting items – there have also been some that are downright creepy. One of these creepy items is a bust and hands from Frankenstein. This piece was made as part of a promotion effort for a “Frankenstein” film released during the 1930s. The hands and bust were sent to movie theaters across the United States in order to bring attention to the film. They were placed on a dummy and the “monster” was set up in the theater’s lobby. The “American Pickers” host found this unusual piece from an older collector in Michigan.

Another creepy item found by Mike Wolfe during his career is a VW hood decorated to look like a red devil. You would definitely get out of the way of a car coming at you with that on the hood!

One of the “American Pickers” star’s most unusually famous finds is known as Wolf Boy. This creepy piece was the creation of Homer Tate, a famous sideshow artist. Wolf Boy was put on show at circuses. As of 2015, Wolf Boy had a home at Antique Archaeology Nashville in a wooden coffin.

“American Pickers” Star Mike Wolfe’s Creepy Finds Also Include a ‘Gypsy Grandma’ and a Collection of Glass Eyeballs

There is also the Gypsy Grandma discovered by Mike Wolfe on “American Pickers” at a Louisiana warehouse that also stored gumball machines and a self-playing piano. Gypsy Grandma was a coin-operated machine that dated back to the 1940s and 1950s. The way she worked was you put a dime in the machine, then you asked her a “yes” or “no” question. Gypsy Grandma would then reach over to a cabinet and take out a fortune for you. She would then drop it into a pot where you could take it out then read it.

Two creepy clown heads were also discovered on “American Pickers.” One was a paper mache creation that was put on a circus sign. The other was one of Bozo the clown. Wolfe found both of these in upstate New York.

If creepy clowns, Wolf Boy, and “Frankenstein” weren’t enough, Mike Wolfe once also found a box full of glass eyeballs. He found these in Florida from a retired eye doctor. The doctor had a collection of antiques related to his profession.

Mike Wolfe Also Had the Chance to Purchase a Mummy

The “American Pickers” star also once went on a road trip during which he discovered a mummy. While on this journey he came across a collection of freakshow memorabilia in North Carolina. These items dated from the 19th and 20th centuries. Part of this collection was the mummified remains of Marie O’Day.

“Back in the 1920s, she was murdered by her boyfriend, who threw her body into the Great Salt Lake,” Wolfe said in 2017. “When they found her 10 years later, she’d been mummified by the saltwater. They put her on tour. People used to stand in line for hours and pay 50 cents just to get inside the tent to see her. …”

Needless to say, Mike Wolfe decided not to add the mummy to his collection.

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