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Mark Duncan  /  AP file
The house in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood where the 1983 movie "A Christmas Story" was filmed.
updated 12/22/2009 12:28:58 PM ET 2009-12-22T17:28:58

A reality TV contestant gets to spend a couple of nights living like Ralphie in the house used for the movie "A Christmas Story."

The experience is a "major award" for Billy Jeffrey, who says he's obsessed with the 1983 film. He bid $4,200 in an online charity auction and was scheduled to make his sleepovers Monday and Tuesday nights.

The house in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood is now a tourist attraction.

The Christmas cult classic film stars Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker, a young boy determined to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.

High bidder Jeffrey was a cast member on the ABC reality TV series "True Beauty" last winter and has toured as a Chippendales exotic dancer. He said Monday it was his first visit to Cleveland.

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