'Cheers' Stars George Wendt and John Ratzenberger Reunite as the Show's Bar Goes Up for Auction

Wendt and Ratzenberger respectively played Norm Peterson and Cliff Clavin on Cheers, which aired from 1982 to 1993


The stars of Cheers are making one last toast for old times' sake.

George Wendt and John Ratzenberger, who respectively played Norm Peterson and Cliff Clavin on the hit NBC sitcom, reunited 30 years after the last episode was filmed to say goodbye yet again to the iconic bar, which is now up for auction in Dallas.

The bar — the actual physical structure, including the "bar counter in three sections with brass railing, burgundy leatherette barstools," and "back bar unit" — is up for grabs to the highest bidder as part of Heritage Auction's James Comisar Collection.

"It was fantastic, so great to see the bar," Wendt, 74, told news outlet WHDH 7 of visiting the set prop once again before it goes into new ownership.

The bar houses autographs from several cast members, including wood carvings into its surface made decades ago by Ratzenberger, 76, and fellow co-star Kirstie Alley. (Alley played lead Rebecca Howe, for which she won a Golden Globe and Emmy.)

The bar is part of a larger auction of nearly 1,000 pieces from some of the most popular shows in TV history, including Gunsmoke, I Love Lucy, Star Trek, The Office, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and All in the Family.

"Preserving this, and Archie Bunker's set, that's a big deal," said Ratzenberger. "That's a real big deal because all these things are part of our lives."

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The actual Cheers set was based on the Bull and Finch Pub in Boston. The show, which aired on NBC from 1982 to 1993, followed the locals that frequented that locale, and also starred Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Woody Harrelson, Rhea Perlman and Nicholas Colasanto.

Wendt revealed that the cast still stays in touch, but told WHDH 7, "We catch each other in bits and pieces. It's kind of hard. It's like herding cats trying to get us all together."

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"I get a lot of letters to this day about 'Thank you, we went through a bad time when my father was dying, and the only joy in his life was watching your show,'" Ratzenberger told WHDH 7. "So, it really does mean a lot, so to see this, it meant a lot."

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According to WHDH 7, the bar is just one of the items up for auction, along with props from other series like The Tonight Show, Mad Men and Breaking Bad.

The auction, which is now live online, will end between June 2 - 4 in Dallas.

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