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Blacksparrow auctions presents: The “Pixels” movie sale

The auction ends December 5 and can be viewed at Icollector.com

The Pixels Auction features original screen-used costumes and props from the arcade-inspired aliens movie starring Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan and Peter Dinklage. 
The auction highlights include “Arcader” jumpsuits, costumes for all principal characters, outfits for Serena Williams and Dan Aykroyd, a full-size Q*bert, the hero Donkey Kong hammer, the complete Lady Lisa costume, an assortment of DARPA Light Cannons, fully function arcade game consoles, and much more. 
The collection comes directly from the production studio and will include a certificate of authenticity from Blacksparrow, Inc. 
For more info, please contact info@blacksparrowinc.com or (818) 937-9399. Previews available by appointment.

Screenused.com Winter auction: another look at more items (part 2)

Since we did a small look at some of the items in the sale I thought since this sale is twice as big as usual lets look at more items that may be of interest to bidders.

First up as we go into the final week of bidding the number 1 item is the Klingon costume used in various episodes of “Star Trek” including “Voyager”. Its not my costume but I 100% can couch for those labels being put on top of other labels in that costume. We have discussed this before on Thepropstop and this was proven done by the “Trek” costume department so buy it and peel away the history. Who knows what other names will be revealed!

xmen10Clynell Jackson is mentioned in part of the costume and he was in DS9 “Apocalypse rising” and the “Voyager” episode “The Expanse”. Those are two episodes not even mentioned on Screenused.com. Here he is in full Klingon makeup below.

xmen12The second highest item at $2000 is this Rollerball jersey from the original 1975 movie.

This Madrid team jersey was custom-made by the production for use by stuntman “Craig Baxley” during filming of the first rollerball match between Houston and Madrid. The green and white #1 jersey is distinctive as it is seen worn by the “#1 Motorcycle driver”. Wear is present and expected, but the jersey remains in very good condition.

xmen11Now high bids are not necessarily the end result of the day of sale. To see items that haven’t been bid on that people will be bidding on next week simply search by number of bookmarks on Icollector. That story is very interesting in that the top two bid on items are further down the list in interest.

Top three bookmarks are:

Jon Maclane wrist watch from “Die Hard”

xmen14The MAX HULC suit from Elysium we covered a few days ago. Opening bid on that is $20,000.

ELYSIUM-weta-propsThirdly the Howard the Duck miniature we covered the other day a well. The minium bid on that has been met and will sell at $325 unless someone bids more.

This “Star Wars” Death Star section starting at $6000 is another noteable inclusion to that list.

xmen15So far the most number of hits is for the R2D2 and the landspeeder which in my opinion although Screenused on tv really are just replicas of the original million dollar pieces (if they came to auction) so are of little interest to most propcollectors….but in a time when Star Wars is the talk of the town they are pulling in the punteres.

After that comes the BTTF licence plate starting at 12k, the Jokers long barrelled pistol which is priced to sell currently at $900 seen below, and the $3000 Yoda head.

Any other items worth looking at in this writers opinion? Well thats a REALLY cheap full Spartan costume for $2000 from “300”  that a few years ago may have pulled in over $6000. The nanite injector from “I Robot” is a cool key prop for $700 opening. I have a soft spot for Nancy Allen so the “Robocop 2” helmet is a steal at $300. The sheer volume of “Trek” panels surely means a few will go pretty cheap. Some of them I’ve never seen on the market ever before.

If you liked “Cloud Atlas”, or enjoy the Wachowski brothers films the two pieces in the sale from that picture are major wardrobe pieces including the hand knitted scarf worn by Halle Berry in many key scenes and the custom dress worn by Sonmi in the future scenes.

normal_CloudAtlas_7250I also loved this Godzilla 1997 clapperboard as its ununusal in that the letters were velcro’d on….why? Because of all the night shoot and rainfall sequences that would have washed the letters away otherwise.

xmen17So there you have it. A few more things to ponder on before the sale coming up a week on Friday and Saturday. Stay tuned for the results on the auction with Thepropstop!

Press misrepresents Juliens auction “Scarface” rifle with Screenused launcher 

The press is never one to worry about bending the truth and as usual here is a prime example.


Newspapers in the UK are advertising the sale of Tony Montanas rifle as being the entire prop from the film when in fact it’s just the grenade launcher that was used on screen. 


As the below screen so shows this item has been availsble for months on the “Golden closet” website with no buyer. 


The piece specifically here is explained in full with its heritage showing the grenade launcher being described as attached to a non firing replica.

Here is the internet story from The Mirror that any reader would assume the entire gun is the screenused original.

And another from the register. 

What is also disturbing is Juliens seems to endorse this with the following from their Twitter account 

Description from the Juliens auction site:


I also discovered this sale in 2010 which may or may not be the same item

I only thought this should be brought up as it is an iconic prop and certainly one I have followed for years. If it truly is worthy of a high price it should speak for itself rather than be embellished in such a way that detracts from the reputation of the sellers when they did such a good on of originally establishing it.   

Screenused.com winter 2015 auction highlights 

This winters catalog showcases another wonderful selection of contemporary affordable prop and wardrobe items gathered together for collectors to potentially win at auction.

Items can be bid on icollector.com starting now and include some of our favorite items below:

First up  

This is one of the licence plates from the flying Delorean in “Back to the future 2”. Although pricey at $12,000 this is an authentic and rare piece of history from the Universal studio movie obtained from the propmaster.

Batman fans will be well served by the only piece of  “The Bat” from “Dark knight rises” suspected to be in private hands. In a well publicist YouTube video this very piece of wing is seen stuck off the plane when it hits a pole in downtown Pittsburgh by accident. The vehicle was turn hastily repaired but this piece was left off and ended up left behind by production.

“Saw” puppet. Not much to say. An expensive $12,000 puppet from one of the most famous movie franchises to come out in last 10 years. Actually now I think it’s a pretty fair price seeing the opening bid gets it.

Original “Star trek” inflatable tribble from Desilu series. This piece was made by prop man Jim Rugg and is one of three known to exist. Having watched the episode several times I believe this white tribble can actually be seen in the plastic tribble cannister in several shots right near the bottom…it’s simulated breathing seemingly making the whole pile move.

According to the information I’ve checked on this piece it was kept by a crew member and is one of the 2 principle clapperboard a made for production and turn signed after filming by Mike Meyers. A standout piece. 

Wolverines gloves from “Xmen”. From the first film these are a hero pair of Wolverine gloves used by Hugh Jackman. Due to the budget very few battle suits were made so these are very rare custom gloves made to have the claws put through them.

“Howard the Duck” movie miniature. Ilm models are rare enough…even more so for this film. A great find!

I have such a history with these Exo suits from “Elysium” that to see one that I didn’t witness put together is always cool. It’s also amazingly complete! The picture just tells the story so if you have money and love of the film this is a no brainier. Comes on its own custom base.

Screenuseds two day sale begins Friday November 20th and concludes Saturday 21st both days at 10am Pacific. Further details can be gotten from Screenused.com.

Anthony garland collection sale on October 25th

David from Propmasters forwarded me the following info:

Propmasters present ‘The Anthony Garland Collection’ Auction, to be sold via Ebay from October 25th, in support Of The British Heart Foundation.

Anthony Garland was formerly Senior Vice President, Managing Director of Universal Networks.

A select number of items will be offered without reserve with 50% of the proceeds going direct to our nominated Charity. Items include unique Awards, Autographs, Presentations, etc.

Premiereprops Last Witch Hunter costume and prop sale

coming up on Friday October 23rd vin Diesels new movie hits theaters and on the 24th Premiereprops is selling the assets from the film on icollector.com

Following up from offering the TV show Falling Skies in August the la based propseller is following up offering items from this film which hasn’t been reviewed yet but early buzz is positive.

The last surviving witch hunter battles against an uprising of witches in modern day New York.

An immortal Hunter of witches is tasked with the job of coming between the covens of New York City and their goal to eliminate humanity.

In order to do this, he must partner up with a beautiful witch, something he thought he would never do.
More news next week.

EXCLUSIVE: Blacksparrow auctions “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” auction details

The-Girl-with-the-Dragon-Tattoo-Wallpapers-Movie-6One of 2011’s most polarizing movies, “Girl with the Dragon tattoo” made quite an impression on its viewers.

Directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara although the film did good business, sadly it didn’t do well enough to get the promised trilogy of films. Unlike most Sony productions where items have come available to purchase fairly soon after production it was presumably felt that the costumes would be held back for reference work for the sequels so now 4 years on the hero pieces have finally come to the public through Blacksparrow auctions.

Fong Sam who you may know from Profiles in History and now head of Blacksparrow auctions who brought us the wonderful “Hunger games” auction in 2013 took a few minutes out of a busy schedule to run down the event.

Items will be available on Icollector and Liveauctioneers to bid on in the next few days. This pre-bidding culminates in a live auction taking place on September 12th 2015 at 10am Los Angeles time. There are just under 200 lots including props and wardrobe, many of which include tags and have been matched to the filming thanks in part Sony’s archive department which has become quite adept at maintaining only the best items according to Fong.

Some of these items will be detailed below so you can get an exclusive look into the items but it would seem nearly every costume piece is seen in the film often combined with other outfits and this makes for a great time spotting each piece at different parts of the film.


              Lizbeth’s green scarf (ch 2/39)


                Lisbeth grey hooded top


Motorcycle helmet worn by Lizbeth

Right now it appears most of the lots are split up into various pieces although some of them do come mostly complete. The jewelry is split and includes various pieces such as earrings, necklaces and bracelets.

Spiral earings

                Spiral earings worn by Lizbeth

A lot of the pieces were purchased in Europe and are high end clothing, although in the case of Lizbeth’s stuff it has been distressed per the character.

Other items include:

Costumes for Daniel Craigs character including his hero tweed wool overcoat, his basement capture costume, Stellan Skarsgards costumes, Robin Wrights eyeglasses (a personal favorite item of Fongs), Christopher Plummer wardrobe and various hand props including Lizbeths ID card, various reports and handprops including the all important archive Binders used by Lizbeth.

Fong also commented on some of the items that have been available on eBay.com and mentioned that these items were basically unused alternative pieces purchased during pre-production, stunt and double pieces. All the pieces through the auction come with a COA from Blacksparrow making them far more desirable to collectors.

Here at the Propstop we are really looking forward to the listings going live and the final event which should be several hours of furious bidding. We will have more pictures of the final auction listings very soon.

Thanks to Fong Sam for taking the time to talk to us.