The best of the Screenused.com winter auction 2016 (part 2)

One day to go before the auction begins and here are our favourite items from the second part of our helpful guide.

Auctions begin on the Screenused website and NOT icollector. It’s a new system so please have some patience in case of hiccups. I’m sure if you have any Desi or Jeff will be able to help via email.

From the episode of Banshee “ways to bury a man” Lili Simmons has never looked hotter than in this two piece swimsuit and robe combination.


And in this piece from episode 3 season 2


And this from season 1.

Next up Johnny cab from the movie “Total recall” this preproduction headpiece is the first to ever come to public auction. This would make an excellent tom spina piece to be repaired and painted!

From “Captain Phillips” this beautful wadrobe set was worn by Tim hanks and is a great piece from the first encounter he has with the Pirates.


This time magazine cover was made by the printer for the  production of “Ghostbusters 2” and is a fantastic frame able piece.


From the movie “Smurfs 2” this light up hero prop wand is a stunning piece.

Used by Gargamel it has adjustable light settings in the eyes and mouth.


From the movie The Hunger Games here is Liam Hensworth’s helmet.


One of the early pieces for sale is the immortals mask from “300”. Only 30 of these were made for production and this is a great condition example.


From the “Matrix Reloaded” here is one of the shields from the Neo fight. This one is special because it’s a handheld version used by the Asian attacker pictured below with handle and padding. He eventually ends up pinned to the wall with a Sai which was another version of this rigged to the wall.




And lastly from fox tv’s “Terra Nova” here is a great piece worn by the bases resident police woman. If you want the guns guy on facebooks movie prop forum is selling those too so check that out at your leisure.


We hope you have enjoyed our look at our personal favourite lots. Screenused is a great company run by two great people Jeff and Desi.

Here at the propstop we support them because buying or selling they are top notch guys and we love to shout that out to the the community. Good business should be supported and we are proud to do our bit. 

Nuff said.

The best of the Screenused.com Winter auction (part 1)

It’s Christmas and thus auction season. Because the items in the auction don’t have screencaps I decided to cap the best ones so you can see them in the film. 

Let’s start with 

This is such a cool piece. The sword of Sinbad! Currently a steal at $125! This is so cool I might have to bid on it.


Next up Dr Quinn…medicine woman. At its height this thing was HUGE! A bona fide tv phenomenon.

This original key prop was used by one of the main characters in many stories by Joe Lando.


The following piece is a cool Tarrantino piece of set dressing. 


From the movie From Dusk till Dawn one of the shields from outside the nightclub. I believe this is one of the first of these to become available.


Another popular item in the sale are matrix props. Choose from a shield or this great sword. 



Want a sword from Spartacus. SU can help. Another stupidly cheap piece worthy of attention!



Next “the wind And the lion” from 1975!




I love this next piece. Scudders police ID from “walk amongst the tombstones” is a beautifully made prop. A great Liam Neeson piece. 


If your a predator fan then this ADI piece is a must have from The Wolf Predator.


That’s it for part 1. Part 2 tomorrow.

Remember you can prebid now or watch live Saturday on Screenused.com

David Brandon presents his next “Propdomain” auction October 1st on Icollector.com

Although screenused has now made an exodus from Icollector This series of auctions always delights David’s faithful with creatures, body parts, and creative items born from visual fx houses in the Los Angeles area. 

Look out for a large selection of witch items tomorrow from “The last witch hunter” with Vin Diesel as well as props and makeup fx from a slew of other productions. 


I think David would be open to saying he is not perfect on all his descriptions as he says he is a prop liquidator but careful inspection of items has always revealed some real gems in amongst the cut off ears and creature tails.

http://www.icollector.com/THE-LAST-WITCH-HUNTER-HELLBOY-GALAXY-QUEST-BODY-PARTS-SCREEN-USED-PROPS-50_as42049
Check out the auction starting tomorrow 

Propstop Review: The Propstore of London October 2017 auction catalog


So I’m going to Seperate this review into two pieces. First up to review the work Donne on cataloging, creating and producing this latest in a series of beautifully made auction books.

Second up, a few thoughts about  our current market and although my own they encompass a huge degree of comments made to me these last few years that cannot be ignored. Indeed if your thinking it then chances are that your fellow collectors may well be doing that too.
So it’s just awesome again. Beautiful paper, clear closeup pictures taken from just the right angle, great descriptives and amazing website exclusives like the videos that take you deeper into the item. I even feel more comfortable with many of the estimates for once.

I think apart from the actual content (i.e. You may or may not like a particular film or item) this book is about as good as you could reasonably ever expect. It’s just a beautiful keepsake. Which is good because sadly most of us are never going to own the things we are being guided to buy.

It’s not Propstores fault. Problem is as sellers we all seek the best selling price. It’s typically what makes selling something you like easier. They are a business and one cannot fault a business for that much as faulting an individual for it is bloody stupid too.

The worst feeling is seeing your item that you sold for a pittance end up in an auction three months later as you were told “it’s my Grail”. Ask yourself how many times you have seen that happen. Worse…when your $500 sale ends up going for $10,000 because you were trusting to be nice. That just hardens us all as sellers.

The trouble as I see it is auctions are becoming too much about the fees. Take nearly any current auction as an example. You have you $1000 item, then your fees that now include taxes, premium, shipping and before you know it your paying $1400 or more importing something from England. Add on credit card fees or money change fees well it’s getting to the point that when you come to resell the items it’s painfully obvious that a lot of people are overpaying in their initial rush to be first to market.

The rush by companies recently to take the good stuff and hold it for their main auctions has become all to obvious. Rember waking up for screenused.coms daily listings that included top tier items. Me too. Even propstores daily items have suffered. Just open the latest catalogue and those daily items are dwarfed by it.

So as usual I’m stuck in the middle between the Rock and hard place. As a buyer and seller I hit these conflicts all the time. The conversation that may be initiated by the above comments should be open and directed at dealers but as buyers we are responsible for our actions too. When dealers do the wrong thing we should be able to call it out or discuss it, but wether we want to admit it or not there will always be a divide in this hobby between those who have money and those who don’t.

It’s not attractive to be jealous that you or I can’t afford the batpod but it’s ok to feel that way. Your only human after all.

I want all those people who can’t though to remember that all dealers obtain these items from similar places that we do. Each other, crew members, studio sales, etc. so if you want to own something great find something to trade…there are ways to your ultimate goal that do not mean spending every penny you have…just a bit of it. I do realise a batpod trade is a bit of a stretch but we all have our rosebud sled.

The market is very sludgy right now. There are a lot of buyers but a lot of them have payment plans and bigger eyes than wallets so remember this. I especially implore those who wish to jump into the market in a more “dealer” like way. It’s not easy. It’s not simple. It is in fact incredibly hard to run a business so unless you want to be like the owner of all those eBay graveyards of ex VIP/premiereprops lots that will never sell, think again. Too many speculators have been put out to dry thinking they know it all after reading a few blogs and thinking they know it all.

Thank you to Steven and Brandon for providing our review copy of the catalog.

Hunger games second Profiles in history auction 


In a move that should surprise no one a huge cache of hunger games repeats and extras is being offered. 

Sadly I think this will just serve to devalue those pieces purchased a few months ago as there was already a huge amount released to the market. Here is the press release:

Profiles in History presents The World of the Hunger Games Auction – Part II

Offering over 200 lots, including iconic, instantly recognizable screen used props, costumes and set pieces from all four films from the blockbuster “The Hunger Games” franchise! Highlights include:

“Katniss Everdeen” Victory Tour ensemble from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

 “Katniss Everdeen” and other character’s combat wetsuits from the arena sequences in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Spile prop and “Drink Up” notecard from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
“Peeta Mellark’s” interview suit from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.
“Katniss Everdeen” Mockingjay stunt ensemble from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

Signature costumes from “Effie Trinket,” “President Snow,” “Finnick Odair,” “Johanna Mason,” and “President Coin.”

“Katniss Everdeen” combat ensemble with disguise cloak from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.
A host of Peacekeeper uniforms and prop weapons.
 And much, much more!
The auction will be October 17th 2016

The 6th Day Hero Foosh gun used by Arnold Schwarzenegger 

  
Here is a beautiful hero prop made for the movie “The 6th Day”. 

  
Here is a very well written write up by minieffects on the replica prop forum.

Here is the why, where and how the foosh guns were made
  

Why: the basic priciple behind the foosh gun was that it was a chemical laser and the flame was the waste material from the chemical reaction being expelled.
  
Where: the now defunct Applied Effects LLC. (www.appliedfx.com)
They were also responsable for the guns in Van Helsing and props for minority report as well as firefly. and yes it is the same riffle in firefly because the same company provided the props. I wouldnt bother contacting them because they are no longer in business and even if they were they do not sell props or copies of props due to there leagal obligation to the studios. 

 

original unused Ron Cobb design

 
How: Both guns were designed in Solidworks and grown on a 3d wax printer. The wax castings were then sent to a foundry and investment cast from aluminum and bronze. 

 

final blueprint design by Ron Cobb

 
Once the parts were returned to the shop they were cleaned up and hand assembled. As far as the foosh effect, its the same basic principle of the sandman guns from logans run. 

 

gas chamber wth screw cap

 
Sealed chamber with a small amount of calcium carbide (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calcium_carbide) and water. the reaction creates acetylene gas. 

 

toggle switch

 
The toggle switch near the trigger activates the ignighter (like a small spark plug) and pulling the trigger releases the gas. You had between 1-3 shots per load depending on how long you held the trigger. It was really fun to fire.

  
Word of caution. These weapons were fabricated by someone with 25 years of special effects expierence and who is also a gun specialist. Do not attempt to replicate these items unless you know what you are doing. If you have any dought DONT DO IT. Im olny saying this because I have been in the film industry for 19 years and I have seen many people hurt because they dont know what they are doing. In addition, If you own or intend to own any of the orginal working guns, please dont try to use them. You dont know what condition they are in. You dont know what the proper load capacity is, nor how to mantain them. Just put them in a nice case and enjoy them.
 

battery compartment

 
As far as the stunt copies the same basic process was done, grown, molded, and then cast, only out of flexible or rigid urethane. In addition the orginal guns went to vancover without slides and they had a working light in the small viewing screen. A sort of digital scope. The rifle was the same 

There were only 2 rifles made I believe so those are extremely rare. There were alot more pistols, stunt and hero. If the pistols has foss harvester on one side and serial # on the other they are originals. 

 

serial number 1

 
You can tell because they were grown in the part and not engraved after, there are no milling marks. They did present Arnold with a working pistol at the end of the show. He was apparently thrilled and yes he did light a cigar with it.

 

firing effect in the film


There’s a small amount of damage on the piece and the top slide (made in resin and added when it was sent to Canada) was damaged on set when dropped by Arnold but it’s rare to have so much background information on a prop and also to know where a majority of those props are. 

One is owned by Arnold, one working example is owned in the UK and is on yourprops and one is decommissioned and this one apparently is missing parts to make it function and was  also sold to the UK. This is the most recent one, owned by a high up crew member who kindly sold it to me.

 
The slide thing is interesting. Right now my gun resembles the gun before it as sent to Canada. The Cobb design was made this was way specifically to resemble a non gun and more of a tool. It was in Canada the design was changed and holes drilled in the aluminum to affix the resin slide.

  
Hope you enjoyed the write up of this rare piece