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You can bid on Hollywood treasures at this film and television auction

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

Prop Store—one of the leading entertainment memorabilia specialists in the world—is hosting a live and online film and television auction with more than 900 lots of rare props, costumes, and ephemera from iconic franchises like Star Wars, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, The Hunger Games, and many more.

Prop Store auction, Obi-Wan lightsaber
Photos courtesy of Prop Store

The two-day “Treasures From Film and Television” auction will take place on Dec. 1 and 2, 2020, beginning at 2:00 p.m. GMT (9:00 a.m. ET) each day.

Costumes

Prop Store auction Joker fedora

The auction includes some of the most iconic costumes in movie history, including the production-made Batman cowl sculpted specifically for Michael Keaton for Tim Burton’s “Batman” (1989) as well as the Joker’s purple fedora worn by Jack Nicholson in the same superhero film – including white make-up marks. The cowl is expected to sell for £8,000 – 10,000 (approximately $10,600 – $13,250) and the fedora for £20,000 – 30,000 (approximately $26,500 – $39,700).

Prop Store Auction Batman Cowl

Movie heroes often wear tuxedos, and this auction has several, including the midnight blue custom-made Tom Ford tuxedo Daniel Craig wore in “Skyfall” (2012). The lining of this suit—expected to sell for £10,000 – 15,000 (about $13,250 – $19,875)—is autographed by Craig in silver-ink, and a Tom Ford label with the text “Daniel Craig, Bond 23” is embroidered inside the jacket’s interior right chest pocket.

Not to be outdone by 007, the reversible tuxedo worn by Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in the action film “Mission: Impossible” (1996) includes a bespoke cream-and-black reversible dinner jacket with labels reading “Tom Cruise” sewn into the suit’s shirt and pants.

Among the complete costumes in the auction is the costume Arnold Schwarzenegger wore throughout James Cameron’s sci-fi action sequel “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” The Terminator’s black leather motorcycle jacket became an iconic piece of pop culture, so it’s no surprise that the costume is expected to sell for £20,000 – 30,000 (approximately $26,500 – $39,700).

Many of the costumes Jennifer Lawrence wore as Katniss Everdeen in the blockbuster “The Hunger Games” franchise are also up for auction, including her combat costume from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” (2015).

Expected to sell for £40,000 – 60,000 (about $53,000 – $79,500) is Keanu Reeves’ complete costume from the sci-fi action sequel “The Matrix Reloaded.” Reeves wore the black costume, including the full-length ecclesiastical-style textured wool coat (labeled “Keanu Reeves #1 Hero Coat”) in scenes set within the simulated Matrix universe. A Warner Bros. certificate of authenticity accompanies the costume.

One of Hollywood’s favorite love stories is “The Princess Bride” (1987), so naturally, one of Hollywood’s favorite princesses is Buttercup. Robin Wright’s full-length red dress from Rob Reiner’s fairy-tale adventure is expected to sell for £6,000 – 8,000 (approximately $7,950 – $10,600).

Who wouldn’t want their very own Stormtrooper suit? For an estimated £8,000 – 12,000 (about $10,600 – $15,900), one lucky bidder can have a stormtrooper suit worn in “The Reckoning” and “Redemption” episodes of Jon Favreau’s Star Wars television series “The Mandalorian,” complete with a hand-painted helmet and metal-studded leather blaster holster.

Weapons

Prop Store auction, Kingsman rifle

A wide range of weaponry is available at the auction, including Hawkeye’s (Jeremy Renner) H&K P30 stunt pistol from “The Avengers” (2012), James Bond’s (Pierce Brosnan) hero Walther PPK pistol, silencer, and holster from “Goldeneye” (1995), Tequila’s (Channing Tatum) stunt rifle from the action sequel “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (2017), and Captain Barbossa’s (Geoffrey Rush) hero flintlock pistol from “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”

Prop Store auction, Barbossa pistol

Two iconic weapons from “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” (2005) are also included in the auction: Darth Vader’s hero lightsaber wielded by Hayden Christensen and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s hero lightsaber wielded by Ewan McGregor. Vader’s saber is constructed from turned aluminum decorated with resin, rubber, and metal components. Located at the hilt’s center is a Sith crystal chamber, which features a silver strip decorated with a black geometric design and a protruding activator switch. Obi-Wan’s saber is made of machined aluminum and cast resin detailing, with a metal core running through the weapon’s body. The handgrip is finished in black, and the power cell reserve cap is painted in dark shades of metallic faux bronze. Twelve small circles are engraved into the top of the projection plate.

Darth Vader’s lightsaber is expected to sell for £40,000 – 80,000 (approximately $53,000 – $106,000) and Obi-Wan’s weapon for £80,000 – 120,000 (approximately $106,000 – $159,000).

Prop Store auction, Wolverine claws

Wolverine’s claws worn by Hugh Jackman in “X-Men” (2000) are a rubber stunt version with a metal armature. They are painted faux-silver to resemble the adamantium that coats Wolverine’s skeleton, and the claws are designed to fit snugly in the hands, with a metal-bar grip. Each grip has “H J,” for Hugh Jackman, engraved into it (one is marked “R 2” and the other “L 2”, indicating which hand it is for).

Props

Prop Store auction, DaVinci Code cryptex

Many of the props up for auction are practical—meaning they actually work—including the functional hero cryptex from Ron Howard’s thriller “The Davinci Code” (2006). An essential key to the film’s plot, the cryptex required a five-letter code to reveal a secret message hidden within. The cryptex has an ornate brass frame with five twisting dials that display the alphabet letters in black. When the word “APPLE” is lined up with the device’s arrows, the right end pops out, revealing an inner tube, which shows the paper message.

Prop Store auction, golden compass

Another functional prop is Lyra’s practical hero alethiometer from “The Golden Compass” (2007), which is expected to sell for £10,000 – 15,000 (about $13,250 – $19,875). In the fantasy adventure movie, the alethiometer is actually the “golden compass” of the film’s title and was; therefore, it was an essential prop. An image of Prague’s Church of Our Lady before Týn—the place where the alethiometer was supposedly invented—adorns the lid’s underside. Three winding crowns control the three red hands, and the fourth, larger hand moves with the twisting of a circular mechanism located at the base of the alethiometer.

The functional hero Book of the Dead from “The Mummy” (1999) was one of two prominent Ancient Egyptian artifacts featured in the film. The heavy book is made of resin is finished in black to resemble obsidian and features an Egyptian hieroglyph insignia and raised scarab beetles. The circular mechanical emblem on the cover must be twisted counterclockwise to open the book, which causes the clasps to pop up.

Prop Store auction, the mummy book of the dead

Special Effects

Prop Store auction, sandworm puppet, Beetlejuice
Prop Store auction, Jack Skellington

Two instantly recognizable stop-motion props up for auction are the Jack Skellington stop-motion armature with a head casting from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993) and a sandworm puppet from the stop-motion sequences in Tim Burton’s horror comedy “Beetlejuice” (1998). The Jack Skellington full-body metal armature—expected to sell for £10,000 – 15,000 (about $13,250 – $19,875)—was custom-made for the production with joints at all major movement points (including shoulders, elbows, knees, and hips). The black and white striped sandworm puppet—expected to sell for £4,000 – 6,000 (about $5,300 – $7,950)—is made of foam-filled, textured latex skin with a metal armature, red eyes, a green mouth, and a dorsal fin.

One of the most notable pieces in the auction is the H.R. Giger-designed special effects mechanical Alien head from the production of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror classic “Alien” (1979). This head was constructed for the production by David Watling, who also previously worked on the mechanical R2-D2 unit on “Star Wars.” Based on H.R. Giger’s iconic design, the head was likely to have been hand-painted and finished by Giger himself. Expected to sell for £40,000 – 60,000 (approximately $53,000 – $79,500), the head is made of resin and fiberglass and has a moveable jaw and toothed ‘tongue’ protruding from the mouth.

Prop Store auction, Alien head

While not directly from the movie, fans of the E.T. Adventure theme-park attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood, Florida, and Japan may recognize the peepers from the animatronic version of E.T. that welcomed park visitors to his home planet. The metal animatronic under skull with plastic eye and mouth details that can be manipulated by a series of mechanical elements is expected to sell for £2,000 – 3,000 (approximately $2,650 – $3,975).

Prop Store auction, ET ride head

Lots 1-463 will be available on Dec. 1, 2020, and lots 464-913 will be available on Dec. 2, 2020. Bidding will begin at 2:00 p.m. GMT (9:00 a.m. ET) on each day. Click here for the complete online catalog.

Interested buyers can register to bid online, by phone, or bid live on auction day. Click here for information about how to register.

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