It only feels like yesterday when I was down in London at the BFI IMAX soaking in the vast array of movie props and memorabilia from the TV shows and movies I love so dearly. Prop Store is back again with another killer live auction and some of these items have me aching to see them in person
Worth in excess of £2 million there are 600 unique and original items to be made available to the public and you won’t believe what they have on offer this year.
Just a handful of items on offer include the full Joker costume worn by Jack Nicholson in the 1989 Batman movie. Tom Cruise’s Maverick flight suit from the 1986 movie Top Gun. Jack Nicholson’s jacket from The 1980 Horror classic The Shining. Mjölnir – The Hammer of Thor will also be up for sale as used by Chris Hemsworth on screen in the 2011 movie Thor. One of my personal favourites are the Marty McFly’s light up self lacing shoes worn by Michael J Fox from the 1989 powerhouse that is Back to the Future Part II.
If only the shoes were on display I would travel the length of the country to see those shoes in person. The history, the nolstalgia, I cannot wait to see them in person and tell you all about it!
As with many of these Prop Store auctions the prices that some items can fetch are eye watering. One of the lots expected to sell at the highest prices would be an ILM Y-wing Model Miniature from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983). This model I believe is the same model that was on display at Prop Store’s booth at the San Diego Comic Con just gone. It drew in a lot of attention as it’s a hero piece meaning its the exact model seen on screen in the movie. The most detailed version and as a result has a pricetag estimate of between £100,000 – £200,000.
My favourite bit about the auction is the preview exhibition. This will be open to the public ahead of the auction at London’s BFI IMAX Odeon cinema from the 7th – 26th September. I’ll be on the first train down because last year I was so captivated by everything on display that I ended up staying there for four hours!
Last years auction live exhibtion has the batpod from The Dark Knight which sold for a staggering £312,000. Thankfully I had a picture with that beauty before it headed off to it’s rightful owner.
Other items to feature in the Prop Store Auction are as follows
Top items to be sold at the Prop Store auction (with estimated sale prices) include:
- Alien Creature Costume from ALIENS (1986) £20k-£30k
- Buddy’s Costume (Will Ferrell) from ELF (2003) £8k-£10k
- Dr. Peter Venkman’s Jumpsuit (Bill Murray) from GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) £6k-£8k
- Peter “Star-Lord” Quill’s Hero Helmet (Chris Pratt) from GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014) £30k-£50k
- Indiana Jones’ Bullwhip (Harrison Ford) from INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989) £50k-£70k
- James Bond’s Royal Navy Cap (Roger Moore) from THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977) £5k-£7k
- Jules Winnfield’s “Bad Mother F**ker” Wallet (Samuel L. Jackson) from PULP FICTION (1993) £20k-£30k
- Jack Torrance’s Jacket (Jack Nicholson) from THE SHINING (1980) £30k-£50k
- C-3PO Special Effects Head from STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) £60k-£80k
- Thor’s Mjölnir Hammer (Chris Hemsworth) from THOR (2011) £20k-£30k
- Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell’s Flight Suit (Tom Cruise) from TOP GUN (1986) £20k-£30k
- Superman’s Flying Tunic (Christopher Reeve) from SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE (1987) £8k-£10k
- The Terminator’s Costume (Arnold Schwarzenegger) from TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES (2003) £10k-£15k
The auction is suitable for people of all budgets but I must admit that even the lower priced items may need a little piggy bank saving behind them. There are a few playing cards from Casino Royale (2006) that are estimated at around £200-£300 and a few crew items from the Harry Potter series estimated to sell for around £400.
Registration is now open at www.propstore.com/liveauction. Online proxy bids can be submitted from Friday 1st September.
Stephen Lane, Prop Store CEO, commented on the upcoming auction: “After achieving astonishing sales last year, we’re super-excited to announce our fourth live auction in London and pleased to be partnering with ODEON again. September 2017 brings an opportunity for us to bring a global audience of film fans and collectors to London’s BFI IMAX, to visit the free exhibition and place bids in our auction to secure original pieces of film and TV history.”
Sylvia Woon, Interim Commercial Director at ODEON UK & Ireland said: “We’re thrilled to welcome back Prop Store to London’s BFI IMAX for another fantastic auction. The incredible items they curate for film fans get bigger and better every time, and this year is no exception with a range of modern film props from the likes of Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as classic titles like Aliens and the Indiana Jones films. We can’t wait to welcome guests through our doors to see them in person, and enjoy some fantastic entertainment on Britain’s largest screen at the same time.”