From the 2006 movie by Kurt Wimmer here is Violets mostly complete red costume from the library fight….a great costume.
This of course….was an April fool.
Sources today confirmed that a brand new auction company headed by Chris Hardwick, he of Nerdist.com fame
and scheduled for their first major event with a sale of items from the set of “The Walking Dead” that on Sunday reached an astonishing 15 million people on Sunday.
“I’ve decided that being a famous talkshow, internet celebrity, tv and movie star and general nice guy isn’t enough” Chris said to us yesterday. “I’ve thought that after seeing Hershel’s head on our table on the “Talking dead” a few episodes ago that we need to give something back for the fans PLUS make some money back for the show so we can fire a few more bullets each episode. Further to that I have been asking the onset crew to keep all the pieces of make-up that were to be thrown away, bullet casings, overly bloodied wardrobe and basically anything that we could save from the production to offer up on the internet live on I.collector.com”
“So far some of the best things we have are actual bullets that came out of Rick’s gun that were going to be swept up and thrown away. I bet we can get major bucks for these!”.
Other items include pieces of zombie flesh (in reality rubber strips doused in red food coloring) each with their own COA saying exactly which zombie and episode these items were used in. On set makeup artist Todd G. was asked to keep meticulous records and even though working 14 hour days managed a sterling effort.
“Greg Nicotero actually kept coming back to our storage tent saying we couldn’t have these heads as they needed them for the next episode but I had him over-ruled by the armorer” Todd proudly stated. “We need those bullets firing each episode more than these burnt zombie heads.”
What else can we expect? The prison has been taken down from Season 3 and all the barbed wire kept. Was it rubber to protect the actors I asked? Speaking to John Sanders the property master he confirmed that it was but they couldn’t afford it so they used metal mostly. “It was sharp. We kept losing Zombie extras as they would poke their eyes out and nick themselves. The blood would ruin the zombie appliances so we had to make sure that they stopped walking into it with their contact lenses on by poking them with sticks out of camera.” How much would a roll of barbed wire start at? “I reckon people will buy it and paste it onto collector cards. After seeing some of those swatches of real live costumes on ebay going for hundreds I expect we will see those selling for lots!”
When asked why wouldn’t any major actor costumes or props like the crossbow used by Daryl be featured in the sale and costume designer Eulyn Womble had this to say. “Oh no…we need that for the next 10 seasons of the show. Our actors like to wear the same clothes week after week so we only have one of each costume. The smell really helps them keep in character.”
Well sounds to me like this is going to be an amazing sale. I for one will definitely be watching with interest!
Well Im very pleased to announce that due to the volume of emails and phone calls Theme Park Connection has had
it looks like they have started pulling items and relisting them.
Paul Wintner, a trust member of the prop community relayed to me he had been in contact with Brian and that things had started to be
altered from there end as of today. Looking at the auctions and my own personal records it seems the Katniss reaping costume has been
I also wrote up a piece for the movie prop forum about this piece. Here is a copy of that information.
Firstly it looks like the reaping dress was pulled and retitled
1: first listed as
HUNGER GAMES Jennifer Lawrence Worn KATNISS Reaping Dress Original Movie Costume
I’ve highlighted worn as that has been removed
2: Second listed as
HUNGER GAMES Jennifer Lawrence KATNISS Reaping Dress Original Movie Costume
Both titles used a different subheading
1: 100% AUTHENTIC ORIGINAL SCREEN WORN MOVIE COSTUME
2: 100% AUTHENTIC ORIGINAL PRODUCTION USED MOVIE
The main body of the text still says in the listing
1:This costume was worn by actor Jennifer Lawrence in her role as heroic District 12 Tribute in the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen!◾This blue reaping dress was worn during the iconic scene where Katniss volunteered as tribute to take her sister’s place in The Hunger Games
2: This costume was worn by actor Jennifer Lawrence in her role as heroic District 12 Tribute in the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen!◾Katniss wore her blue reaping dress during the iconic scene where she volunteered as tribute to take her sister’s place in The Hunger Games
◾So fine…I see some changes made buts its still confusing and misleading. In other words its a get out of jail clause.
Sill says this further down:
One of the key characters in The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen is the District 12 female Tribute in the 74th Hunger Games◾As played in the film by Jennifer Lawrence, the story centers around Katniss as she takes her sister’s place in the annual Hunger Games competition
◾This costume is featured prominently in the film in key scenes including Katniss volunteering as tribute
I highlighted this again to show that the wording is just atrocious. So we have basically gone from a hero piece to a production used piece…..to a “prominently used piece”……
So yes changes have been made but I think its only gone to muddle the original intent and now the listing really makes no sense.
Now this Arena shirt was listed yesterday and they did a great job.
Correct heading, stunt shirt, everything. Perfect.
The same goes with a lot of items going up including production made but unused examples of various costumes. This is how to present the stuff. Much better.
We will keep you updated including prices as the items finish this week. Just remember if you are bidding on this auction they have over 1000 pieces so there are many multiples, check the listings carefully and if in doubt ask. There is NOTHING ever wrong with wanting to know what your spending your hard earned money on.
Thanks very much to an RPF.com reader and poster this evidence pretty much puts a smoking gun on the scene.
Note the cuffs of the sleeve
“Id like our company to stand for honesty and excellence”.
Fong Sam, Blacksparrow auctions video
I first made contact with Fong at Profiles back in the day when he still worked there. His face and voice more than any other were the voice of reason at that company. When things went off course his quick responses, friendly attitude and as direct as possible answers were refreshing to me. That’s why I always went back to him.
I’m not the only one of course. Fong built a reputation there that when he opened up Blacksparrow auctions in 2012 it was a big surprise to all of us at first, but quickly has gained traction ending with one of the best auctions of 2013, “The Hunger Games” sale in November. It was run incredibly smoothly, made a load of money and more importantly brought alot of new collectors and respect to the hobby. When I did a brief interview at C2E2 with him it was made very clear that all the costumes would come with full wardrobe tags, with pictures of the actor, thoroughly inventoried and with a COA. This is how the items had been shipped to him from the production company and I have spoken to a number of collectors that have confirmed that all the lots arrived quickly, impeccably packed and with all the supporting documentation.
So bringing that focus on the quote from Fong Sam on Saturday on the Propstop’s Facebook page it really does throw a light onto some serious issues that may have crept up with a new player on the movie prop circuit “Theme Park Connection” in Florida. Whilst I haven’t done any business with them as of yet certainly many of you reading this will have seen their recent auction of a “Jurassic Park” raptor cage that went viral all over the internet back in late January this year. That story can be seen here.
A number of weeks ago word spread that a large number of “Hunger Games” pieces were about to hit eBay and with a little digging around of course it was discovered that “Theme Park Connection” had purchased the remaining inventory from Fong. In his words “I just didn’t want to spend the next year selling stunts and doubles of costumes, that we had already spent a year selling.”
When the first few days of lots hit a majority of it was background character wardrobe from the Capitol and then I saw the first lot of “Hero” costumes hit the middle of last week. Fong’s enthusiasm and the fact the items may go a little cheaper this time around was a big part of my decision to bid this time around but being a creature of habit I spent a lot of time into the wee small hours of the night looking at all the costume pieces over this weekend and discovered that many of them didn’t seem to have wardrobe tags, and remembering what Fong said to me all those months ago I decided to ask him. The response was :
- This blue reaping dress was worn during the iconic scene where Katniss volunteered as tribute to take her sister’s place in The Hunger Games
- Theme Park Connection is providing a Certificate of Authorization stating the costume item is from the production of The Hunger Games, signed by a representative of Lions Gate Entertainment
- Inventory Number: HG-1059