Mortal kombat: premiereprops battle royal for Inglorious Basterds prop

Saturday 8th December saw an event many missed as Premiereprops.com sold Col Hans Landa’s briefcase from the opening scene of Inglorious Basterds and THIS happened…..

Auction video

Like the energizer bunny it kept going and going and remember there is a 23% fee on that too.

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November 17th 2018 Movie Props Group auction on Liveauctioneers

So over the last three weeks you will have seen me blasting from the airwaves the propblock/Heroprop auction that I was kindly asked to help promote. I’m very pleased to have fulfilled that end of the bargain. If you have seen twitter, Instagram or Facebook it’s been there to pick up on. Even Neil Blomkamp of Elysium and District 9 retweeted stuff he liked!

With some 200 bidders almost, 230 lots of high quality authenticate items with a COA from both companies and a lot of excited people asking questions I’m sitting here the night before and really feeling the excitement.

I’ve been involved over the last few years with quite a few events and this is as cool an auction as I’ve seen. With great items like the vehicles and the props ranging from $100 to ALOT more (but certainly still great value compared to what they have sold for in other auctions) there really is something for everyone and as it’s a tradition here at The Propstop I thought let’s take a look at some of the items getting no love in the sale that you may have missed.

First up

I had misidentified this art at a previous sale and it turns out to be by renowned futurist artist Syd Mead. This is a protoype version of the bit and a beautiful piece of original art. Mead’s art goes for thousands so don’t let this sell for $100. If you love Tron this is for you. There’s also a more expensive piece of art of the solar sailor but certainly nicer in that it shows the ship pretty much as seen on screen. That piece is by Peter Lloyd and well worth the bid.

This incredible Terminator skull is listed as a crew gift from Stan Winston. This is definitely the nicest crew gift I’ve ever seen. It does take batteries and has been checked to see if it lights the eyes. It does!It’s just stunning. If you have wanted a Winston piece but don’t have the $25k for an original screenused piece here’s the next best thing. I should stop looking at it. It’s awesome.

Very cool. Iron man. Nuff said. It’s from the third film when the set was blown up and all Tony’s armor destroyed so I suspect can’t be worn but it’s awesome, no bids. I’m surprised. I bet tomorrow this will be snapped up.

Breaking bad. Classic tv. Want something not in the tv propstore auction that’s iconic and has a coa from screenbid/Sony. It’s right here. Snap it up and put a Walter white head in the mask and thank me later as you are complemented for your excellent prop taste.

Harry Potter robe. This should be top of any HP collectors list. Basically a piece of wardrobe that tells the whole story. I rate this higher than a wand but that’s just me. Stunning.

THIS. If you don’t know what it is why are you reading this page. Probably histories favorite gun prop from Aliens and although stunt solves the problem of not needing a firearm license the truth is stunt rifles were used for most of the film anyway because the real ones were dangerous and they didn’t have that many.

Here is Sigourney with a stunt rifle below.

I know unlike 15 years ago there are a few more in the wild than we thought but it doesn’t matter. This would be the crown of nearly every collection in the world. Nuff said.

The Fly arm from the 1986 Cronenberg film. Totally amazing piece used in production. Only reason this survived is the talented person who made it saved it from the dumpster.

It’s in amazing condition for its age and has real brush bristles from 1985 as the hairs.

From Starkid this is an incredible comic with hand drawn art on the outside and interior pages with hand coloring.

Featured many times in the film this is a very cool piece and took many others to produce.

Resident evil has some cool pieces including a light up trigger bomb device from The Final Chapter and this shotgun trap is an metal CNC and plastic hero prop.

The above is the cgi version but this is the prop used on set and is a superb prop!

Red dwarf is featured in the auction with a Kryten robot head, a can of leopard lager (dated two months before the episode aired underneath) and this knife from the episode Justice.

Used by Lister and the cyborg played by Nicholas Ball this actually still works and the blade disappears inside when you stab yourself. Just don’t actually stab yourself please!

If you are BBV tv fan then these die-line copies of the storyboards from Doctor Who Trial of a Timelord. These were used to make one of the shows most audacious vfx shots of the Timelord space station.

Simply a great piece to frame on the wall.

Anything else? Well there’s just loads of cool stuff. Here are some caps of other items from production in the sale.

Stunt bag from The Dark Tower

Elysium Manuel WETA workshops helmet

Costume worn by Sofia Vergara Hot Pursuit

Resident Evil 5 metal hero Alice weapon

Resident Evil 6 light up bomb remote Wesker

Dave Lister leopard lager Red Dwarf

Baby Driver Subaru car

Tomorrow Saturday 17 November at 10am pacific!

See you then. Liveauctioneers.com

https://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/130429_movie-props-group-entertainment-memorabilia/

Ewbanks presents The Propmasters 30th anniversary Auction

Well with little over a week to go Propmasters event auction is nearly with us and I thought I’d use this opportunity to look at some of the pieces.

First up from the Benny Hill show, a staple of youth here is one of Mr Hills signature suits priced around 1,000 pounds estimate.

Lot 57 is a Star Wars ceremonial guard outfit priced at an estimate of 2500 pounds. These all ways do well at auction and if you want one here’s a great example.

At 5000-8000 pounds this next prop is on the high side but has been squirreled away in David’s collection for a long time. This “From dusk till dawn” vampire killing weapon is a fantastic piece used by George Clooney and definitely worthy of consideration.

I really like the next lot because it’s so interesting. Here’s the description:

Star Trek (1989) Trek Maroons made for Nichols, Doohan, Takei and Robin Leach for the 1989 Robin Leach Lifestyles TV special filmed on the Enterprise bridge at universal studios. Accompanied by an official press still picturing the characters in uniform.

1000 pounds estimate seems like a deal to me on that lot.

One of the classic dwarf creature characters from Flash Gordon next.

That’s a classic piece from the film and well worth a tinker if your a Flash fan.

Finally from Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie with an estimate of four to six thousand pounds is the tiger jacket worn by Lara Croft.

So my other thoughts. It’s a very varied sale. I think there are a number of marquee pieces but I think overall it needed a few others. The research done is great and pictures are very well done.

Bottom line if there’s something here for you go ahead and bid because those all important facts and figures are solid. Kudos for that.

The catalog also has a load of art, promotional material and more costumes and props with 350 lots total.

The full inventory can be seen below at the Ewbanks main page for the auction.

https://www.ewbankauctions.co.uk/Propmasters-The-30th-Anniversary-Auction/2018-11-15

22.5% buyers premium with VAT in the U.K. items exported outside the country should not have to pay the UK tax but check with the auction house to make sure.

Movie Props Group Facebook Entertainment Memorabilia auction November 17th 2018 preview

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We had a chance recently to talk to the organizers of the November 17th auction on Liveauctioneers this week and pin them down on a few questions that have been asked on the forums. Here is our group chat (heavily edited for things like laughter…where did THAT come from reactions and repetition)

Hi guys what is the aim of the November sale?

Basically a fun little event was the idea mainly because so many people had always asked why so many companies concentrate on the high end items and don’t concentrate on the $200-500 customer.
What we have seen is that market for lower end items and reasonably priced pieces is being neglected. Now can bidders make that item go beyond that price, of course, but we still want to start them low and give everyone a chance. Having said that then a lot of cool more expensive items came down the pipe so now it’s a big delicious stew of cheaper and high end items!

It was a case of why not as well. Tiana has a talent for finding rare and hard to get items, Jarrod has experience doing online sales, and we asked Mark to help as he advertises everyone else’s sales and does reports on auctions all the time on the Propstop and between us we saw a gap in the market as several companies left us the past few years or have moved away from having a lot of different items to more of an “event” one single production sale which lets face it is not interesting if that show or movie isn’t for you.

Is it kind of last minute?

Not particularly. It’s been in talks for a long while. Certainly it’s a stress test in a way which is why at this time only a few collectors were asked to contribute with most coming from Heroprop & The Propblock. The plan is once everything is 100% running smoothly and more people know about it to run slightly bigger auctions with more peoples items and be a service for our community to help them sell their midprice items. Too many people are offering items only to have them be turned away as the auction houses only want the “premium” items is what we are hearing.
Also, as much as we respect Profiles, their auction will run before Christmas and I doubt those items will be shipped until January. With our auction the shipping is in-house so if you buy you will have before Christmas. Barring world changing issues of course….

Fees?

Yes the buyers fee is one of the lowest out there at 20%. Basically add 1/5 of what you spend to get your total. If you spend $1000 the fees included mean you owe $1200 plus the shipping. Obviously there are local taxes in Nevada and if we ship outside the USA you are responsible for those fees like any auction.

Shipping?

In house from The Propblock offices. We are offering all the usual usps, fed ex and UPS. There will be third party shipping offered on large items that need crating. Also If you talk to Jarrod first I’m sure you can pick up at The Propblock offices in Las Vegas. Just confirm with him that first.

What’s in the auction?

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Baby Driver Subaru

We have just around 200 items. These include items for the first time buyer and some crazier let’s say vehicle sized items. Well…come to think of it they are vehicles.

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Alien head from Amalgamated Dynamics

And the future?

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Doctor Who storyboard “Trial of a Timelord”

All depends if people make this a success. We will continue to find great items but their sellers need buyers. It’s the literal circle of life. But yes we hope this is the start of community auctions for everyone to enjoy.

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My Favorite Martian Animatronic head

Ash vs Evil dead auction part 4 “This is my boomstick!”

The fourth article in this series deals with the eponymous Ash’s weapon of choice for long distance fighting…his shotgun.

11 was the total of these sold by Vip auctions from late June thru August 2018.

The first sold June 6/29/18 for $6100 and was simply a stunt rubber version.

The next week a far superior plastic version sold for $3750.

Also that date the first of the shotgun holder versions sold. This was a foam material with a metal section that could be moved to make the gun longer and shorter for placement in the holster. In fact it’s been reported the standard size shotguns don’t even fit the holsters.

The week after a plastic went for $4750 and the first purpose built “missing piece” shotgun came up sans the very front.

7/20 another stunt sold for $4000 and another back pack rig came up for $770 pictured below.

Another of this type sold a week later for $1095.

This specialized version below was made to be gripped between teeth by the child actors portraying Rubies dark children.

This one sold for $1282.77

On 8/3 this stunt rubber with a pink end showed up which I believe was made for stunt practice work and did for $3050.

I found a behind the scenes picture with Ash’s stunt actor which I believe is this same item with the pink tip.

The final boomstick was sold 8-17 and was the holster variant again selling for $1025.

It seems plausible that the hero versions which were mostly absent were kept by the producers and Bruce who I heard did keep items from the show.

Looking at pictures there is clearly a break in half version shown below that was completely absent.

I’m also doing research into these that season 1 uses a different shotgun to seasons 2-3. More on that later.

The hero firing versions are presumably with the armorer in New Zealand so it’s doubtful we will see those in the future.

The eBay Vip auctions “Ash vs Evil Dead” sale part 3: “I came…I Sawed….Ash conquered”

Part 3 is all about Ash Williams iconic Chainsaw and the auction had a qty of stunt and hero pieces. This article will go thru them in order to keep these props from disappearing into private collections and never re-appearing once the auction is over. This way the info and photos can live on outside eBay.

6/29 the first saw sold for $12,200. The yellow tags were production used to keep track of the props and this was the only working prop in the sale, at least until later when another showed up marked wrongly.

The same week for $5100 a buyer who I know purchased this rubber version below.

Week two bought this variant with blood tubes to spew red stuff all over the actors. The chain is rubber.

This sold for $8600 and was marked second unit for possible stunt and closeup work.

Week 2 also brought the cheapest saw in this rehearsal piece which may or may not have been used on set. The blade definitely is for stunt rehersal use and the onscreen blade may have been used as Vip told me some pieces were added just to make the pieces more complete. This sold for $4100

This was also the same week.

Again a hodgepodge of pieces that didn’t necessarily go together including the vfx blade used for pushing into a victim. $5376.

The week of 7/13 saw this chainsaw below and the first appearance of the piece I bought today.

The first of two was another vfx piece that sold for $5700 and was a favorite of mine. It came with two blades and blood tube for spitting out the red stuff.

The second was marked main carbon lightweight #2 and was one of two hero chainsaws used in set the most by Bruce. Why? It was light….most of the other saws were heavy due to the vfx equipment or if they were rubber. This one below sold for $9300 but would never be paid for as we will discover later.

The following week saw another vfx saw. This sold for $5700.

This one has tracking markers on the blade. It had another extra blade with it but probably never attached on here.

That was the only version that week but on 7/27 this one sold for $9000.

Described as plastic with metal blade and rubber teeth but was marked second unit.

On 8/3 this one sold too. This was plastic with a hard rubber blade and sold for $5650 and again was described as second unit.

On 8/10 a second full stunt rubber saw came up for $5100.

This second to last chainsaw had two metal blades and came with a giant battery and three distressed chains on 8/17. It sold for $8100.

The final chainsaw we had already discussed above. Selling over a month ago it was never paid for and relisted to end Fri Sept 14th. This is the piece I won today a First unit all important lightweight metal blade with plastic housing.

More news when I get it in hand.

The eBay Vip “Ash vs Evil Dead” auction Part 2 : Anatomy of an Ash costume

That up there friends is a rare image. He is one of the stunt men that at least 80% of all the Ash costumes were worn by…except that number is wrong and later on in the article I will show you why.

So who is this gentleman with no girdle and abs of steel?

Why that is Bulgarian stunt artist Raicho Vasilev and he’s awesome and basically acted it stunted in every major action movie filmed overseas for the last 10 years.

Time and time again we have seen his name pop up in the auction, and yet the stunt costumes unless they came with one of the nine over the shoulder shotgun holsters always sold for 50% the price of the hero costumes worn by Bruce. Well guess what I don’t expect most of you to realize the following but due to it appearing in following tv show sales, Ash was no exception. Not only were the props reused between seasons but so was the wardrobe.

“This first came to my attention in the early 1990s after years of watching Doctor who on the BBC and thinking that certain costumes looked very familiar and during the Bonhams BBC sales I was able to see some of those outfits with more than one tag, sometimes one placed over the other or multiple names inside the collar. Years later with the 2005-2007 It’s a wrap Star Trek auction this information came in very handy. Numerous costumes were altered during production.”

That was a piece from an article I wrote years ago. Indeed hero costumes became stunts. Cardassians were worn by up to seven different actors. Klingons swooped baldricks snd Boots. Starfleet personel outfits had 3-4 names in. Despite an initial reluctance for the community to believe this more and more people received their outfits and quickly realized that a term I coined called “pulling the tag” was a necessary part of checking the history on these pieces. This resulted in many costumes re-discovery as repurposed pieces as the production would see tags on top of wardrobe tags, and not just remove them or take a marker and line thru the old name. One pair of shoes I had started life as being from TNG, then used for Kira on DS9 and lastly used by Hoshi on Enterprise.

One of my favorites was the monster Maroon as they cane to be called “Wrath of Kahn” outfits. You can read about those pieces on the Propstop if you search for the article.

So how does this effect Ash? Well easily because I discovered in week 1 or 2 that the same thing had happened.

Basically on Ash it seems they did in New Zealand something not done on Trek. They removed the old tags most of the time so I started finding scissored remains with little tufts of white still remaining. Then late in the auction I finally had my proof when a season 3 Episode 10 Costume was listed with the stunt mans name inside plus the original Season 1 Bruce Campbell tag still inside. Because it was a flush tag they hadn’t been able to cut it and because it was faded I believe they left it. That doesn’t mean every single cut tag is a hero! Put those scissors away! Tsk tsk.

So this was a season 1 shirt used with the glove hand and then used on S3E10 the final episode where it was bleached and distressed. I had to have it because it was the evidence of my reuse theory.

So why does this happen?

Simple. Money. As we saw they hand made around 150 of these shirts and custom produced round the same amount of trousers. If any were missing from the auction it’s because the cast and crew made off with them. We already know Bruce, producer Sam Raimi and Robert Tappert all collect and they presumably know the value of this stuff by now. I’m sure they must be kicking themselves seeing what business Vip did overall. There were too many hero costumes not here in my opinion thus what was left was better than nothing.

The blood used in season 1 was changed in season 2. It’s like a sticky gel that is pretty impressive compared to blood that turns a costume into a sticky mess and then hardens solid, but I suspect that the stuff stains so clearly if Bruce needed a fresh shirt they gave the stunt men the damaged ones down the line after washing. I’ve already seen faded blood on some of the stunts from prior use. Thinking it’s just other stunt work was always too narrow a view.

So now we have that info let’s go back to our title.

How are these costumes made?

Quite beyond my expectations as it would seem.

The standard shirt which I thought may end up being changed each season is rock solid the same in each with a few embellishments. There are also not different color ones as I expected.

Both trousers and shirt are custom. The shoes are not, but hard to find. The belt possibly is custom (still working on that). The shotgun holder is VERY custom.

The shirt isn’t denim at all but some kind of fake stretchy denim like fabric. The first few buttons are fake and hide a zipper that goes up to the mid chest then becomes real buttons for convenience.

Some buyers will have noticed the last two items on eBay although not many received them as there was very few of certain ones. What am I talking about. Firstly sock suspenders. Yeah I don’t use them either.

I tended to see these more with the stunt outfits admittedly. They actually attatch differently than the picture and go on buttons sewn into the shirt.

Secondly the different suspenders. There was basically a few examples sold pictured below.

The left side shows the blue slip on covers. Some were sold without, a majority in fact. I’m still not sure if these originally were front and back or just made for one direction but these were made for the black area to go under the shirt and the blue to come out of slits in the shirt near the leather belt, thus hiding the suspenders against the blue shirt by his belt. That’s why several of the shirts had horizontal holes in the front.

The second type of suspenders were attatched in the middle and instead of clipping left and right of the belt simply clipped in one place in the middle of the belt. This was used specifically on off duty outfits to my knowledge although I’m sure the stunt outfits used them too.

On paper I know it seems that there were load last of these costumes. Perhaps. The truth is when you take into consideration the number of hero pieces vs stunt, even the number of belts, blue ended suspenders, shoes (hero shoes are very rare) well the numbers get small really fast.

Take Ashy Slashy’s leather custom made shotgun holster and belts. To my knowledge 8 were sold. That’s nothing. If you have one or even two you got something special. They were certainly reused over and over and cleaned of blood and gore each time. If yours is clean chances are it wasn’t used much. The ones that were are beat to hell that I’ve seen.

Yes the asylum costume needs a regular belt and harness holster set too!

Same goes with the shotgun reloader that comes in resin or rubber versions.

Super rare. I think 2 of each version off top of my head. These fit over the belt with two metal U shaped pieces.

I’ll add numbers of costumes in a future article but in the meantime I’ll close this one off for the time being.

As you can see there was more to this outfit than met the eye.