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    One of the giant mechanical sharks that starred in the movie "Jaws" is seen at Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, also known as U Pick Parts, in the Sun Valley section of Los Angeles. The Associated Press

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    A customer walks through the yard of Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, also known as U Pick Parts, in the Sun Valley section of Los Angeles. The Associated Press

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    Owner Nick Adlen pauses for photos near the 1950s googie-styled arches at Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, also known as U Pick Parts, in the Sun Valley section of Los Angeles. The Associated Press

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    Junks cars are seen through the window of a watch shack at Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, also known as U Pick Parts, in the Sun Valley section of Los Angeles.

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    A customer leaves Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, also known as U Pick Parts, with a bumper he pulled from a junk car in the Sun Valley section of Los Angeles. The Associated Press

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    Tools are seen scattered on the yard as a customer pulls some parts from a junk car at Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, also known as U Pick Parts, in the Sun Valley section of Los Angeles. The Associated Press

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    Three men gather around a junk car to salvage some parts at Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, also known as U Pick Parts, in the Sun Valley section of Los Angeles. The Associated Press

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    A man walks between junk cars at Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, also known as U Pick Parts, in the Sun Valley section of Los Angeles. It's not just a junkyard or even a really big junkyard, but a living, breathing monument to Los Angeles pop culture. The Associated Press

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    A junkyard employee casts a shadow on a giant walnut sculpture at Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, also known as U Pick Parts, in the Sun Valley section of Los Angeles. The Associated Press

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    Jack Weimer pulls a part from a junk motorcycle at Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, also known as U Pick Parts, in the Sun Valley section of Los Angeles. The Associated Press

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    A weathered American flag flies at Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, also known as U Pick Parts, in the Sun Valley section of Los Angeles. It's not just a junkyard or even a really big junkyard, but a living, breathing monument to Los Angeles pop culture. The Associated Press

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    In this Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 photo, a bust sits on a copy machine at Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, also known as U Pick Parts, in the Sun Valley section of Los Angeles. The junkyard is closing on New Year's Eve, and everything must go by then, the cars, the shark, the arches, even the giant car-crushing machine. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Customers wait in line to pay for their auto parts pulled from junk cars at Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, also known as U Pick Parts, in the Sun Valley section of Los Angeles. The Associated Press

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    A man shows a bag containing light bulbs he pulled from junk cars at Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, also known as U Pick Parts, in the Sun Valley section of Los Angeles. The Associated Press

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    A crane moves junk cars crushed into a cube at Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, also known as U Pick Parts, in the Sun Valley section of Los Angeles. The Associated Press

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    A sign is seen near the entrance to Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, also known as U Pick Parts, in the Sun Valley section of Los Angeles. The Associated Press

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    Orlando Rodriguez, right, and Jose Garate sweep at Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, also known as U Pick Parts, in the Sun Valley section of Los Angeles. The Associated Press

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    Junkyard employee Fabio Flores stacks up used tires at Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, also known as U Pick Parts, in the Sun Valley section of Los Angeles. The Associated Press

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    An artificial flower adorns a junk car at Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, also known as U Pick Parts, in the Sun Valley section of Los Angeles. The Associated Press

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