Part 2 just for you our Dr Who geeks and restoration interested parties.
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.
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.
Used by Gargamel it has adjustable light settings in the eyes and mouth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This original key prop was used by one of the main characters in many stories by Joe Lando.
Remember you can prebid now or watch live Saturday on Screenused.com
I asked Neil who has been involved in buying some beautiful Dr Who pieces in the UK in the last 10 years to write up an article on his purchases at Bonhams and here is a beautifully written piece about one of those pieces for you all to enjoy.
Part 2 will be up very soon.
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.
Check out the auction starting tomorrow
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.
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