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Man Inherits Huge Clown Collection

Well now, this is kinda terrifying.

Richard Levine of Fort Lauderdale was living his life, minding his own business, when he suddenly inherited 13,000 clown items.

Levine got the collection after his father-in-law and business partner died two years ago.

The warehouse of nightmare fuel includes clown dolls with happy faces, clown dolls with sad faces, clown paintings, clown figurines, tiny clown puppets, giant clown puppets, all big, all disturbing.

Levine's father-in-law, Jack "Clown Jackey" Kline, who died in 2010 at age 81, owned all this clown stuff after spending more than 50 years collecting all the clown stuff he could get his hands on.

Kline, who often dressed as a clown and visited children's hospitals, also opened a Winter Haven museum called Clown Rushmore.

Levine, 58, needed a 30-foot truck to make six round trips to Central Florida to haul his clown collection to a warehouse in Davie.

"My wife and I had to make a decision," Levine told the Sun Sentinel. "Leave it up there and probably lose it or bringing it down here."

Levine says he's barely had the time to go through all of the items and hopes to inventory all of it. He'd like to sell off most of it and donate the rest. Although he admits he might keep some of it.

"I am slowly starting to like them and getting enthusiastic about them. I can see how Jack was into them," Levine said. "I don't go for the sad clowns much, though, but I really enjoy the happy ones."

But the happy ones are the ones that come to life at night!

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