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With 22 years in the movie prop and costume world "ThePropStop" was set up to share my knowledge, love and passion for the world of movie memorabilia. We look forward to your continued to taking the ride with you, our readers.

Live & let die shark fin prop from the James Bond movie discovered 



I continue to have great luck in my current hunting the intranet for cool pieces that are being sold from film makers personal collections so I was amazed to be offered this spectacular piece recently from the collection of Wiilam Grefe, an elder statesman of 60’s and 70’s cult movies responsible for Mako: the jaws of death, Stanley and Impulse.

Whilst working in Florida Grefe had the good fortune to film the shark sequences for “Live and let die”, Roger Moore’s debut and obtained a couple of props from the productions Propmaster including this fin. 

Later the exact fibreglass fin would be out to good use in the Mako film, a script wrongly attributed to have been ripped off from Jaws but subsequently written prior and greenlit because of its success. 



Here is the fin in all its grey glory!



Now to visit the local pool!

Theme park connection online movie prop and wardrobe Icollector.com auction on Saturday March 28th

I’m very excited to have the exclusive on this first time event that Theme Park Connection is doing on March 28th. 

They have some incredible show pieces from Superman, Elysium,  The Abyss, Terminator, Edward scissorhands, Star Trek and the list just goes on. 

The items will be going up soon and TPC has proven recently on ebay they have a great crew, fast shipping and excellent customer service. 

There’s a new player in town and I’m very excited for this first event. 



“Cloud Atlas” Doona Bae costume from Neo Soul

One of my favorite movies of recent times is the incomparably long and confusing film cloud atlas. 



It’s just a really complicated piece of film but after much cultivating of the source material and 6 viewings my appreciation for the piece has grown in leaps and bounds and I encourage you all to not only read the book but watch the dvd/Blu extras and really listen.

I won’t scratch those here but I will present this very beautiful costume to you as worn by Doona Bae as Sonmi-451 from the Neo Soul sequences of the story.



The collar with her years of service markings is painted plastic, the dress with zip up front a similarly cheap garment yet incredibly well made by the Matrix movie costume maker Kym Barrett.



Flash Gordon Hawkman prop sword

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1984 auction with this sword in middle of the picture

1984 auction with this sword in middle of the picture

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Gordon’s Alive!!!!!

Of course he is and living in people’s Blu Ray collections worldwide.

In England I owned quite a few props from one of my favorite late 70’s/early 80’s scifi cheese feats but the stiff is much harder to find today. I was lucky to find the following piece obtained in the UK and shipped to the US in 1984.

This Hawkman sword has lost much of its chrome (a common problem of Flash props) but was used by one of Vultans right hand men. Made of fibreglass its in fine condition with its claw gripping the end of the pommel

Aliens Riverside studio auction 1987 update

David Oliver from “Propmasters” gives us an update

The whole lot was initially offered to my father by Tiny Nicholls, they knew each other and went way back, Tiny used to work for B&N. Dad had no real interest and I was just so very young with very little funds. Dad put Tiny in touch with Duncan @Bonhams who we both knew and the rest is history. I was there at the auction, Tim was as well I believe but we did not know each other then. I recollect it quite well. Complete full dress rails were sold off. Aliens Marines around £150 each, a huge crate of alien movie costume pieces, etc. Such very early days.

Davids collection can be seen at propmasters.net

Aliens & James Bond Riverside studios Bonhams auction catalog

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If you do a websearch on Riverside studios Bonhams auction of 1987 apparently it never happened. I bet most collectors on the forums and facebook haven’t either so its my pleasure to open up the paperwork vault and bring you pictures of the auction that so many people would wish they could go back in time too.

The event was held Monday 3rd August in 1987 at 3pm. Talking to a few colleagues on the MPF Tim Lawes of the Propstore of London was in attendance as was David Oliver of “The Twilight Zone” now “Propmasters”.

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Up to item 36 are items from “The Jewel of the Nile” including Michael Douglas’s famous white suit.

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The next items are Bond related.

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The front cover showed various items including the Clown costume from “Octopussy”, the Ringmaster and the cannonballer.

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Im sure you will agree those are some eye openingly good pieces.

No…your eyes are not deceiving you. That stunt cannonball suit sold for 95 pounds or around $150.00

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I believe the Dalton costume is this one that sold for around $550…with a Jereon Krabbe costume.

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Grace Jones costume pictured by Bonhams here sold for around $700. The cop is from “View to a kill”

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More Bond overstock below and then onto “Aliens” bottom right.

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Yes…that Gorman complete costume sold for 75 quid…..about $140 dollars.

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So thats 5 Gorman costumes total. Then the complete armor costumes with shirt and trousers, Helmets etc are listed as 2 Hicks, 1 Hudson, 1 Dietrich, 1 Frost.

There are 3 more that were sold as a SET!!!! lol….always makes me laugh to see that without leg armor for the characters Wierzbowski, Apone and Crowe.

Then Jackets, trousers and helmets for Hicks, Frost, Apone and Dietrich….again sold as a SET!!!

Lots 116-118 are various combos of jackets and trousers many of which we now know to have been production made but never used. One of the lots had 15 uniforms!

Now things get really mindblowing.

Lot 119 is Ripleys spacesuit from Alien….and an off duty uniform. That could either be from Aliens or Alien.

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I believe this is either owned by Hard Rock cafe or Planet Hollywood now.

Next are the other two members of the expeditions complete spacesuits followed by an incomplete Veronica Cartwright.

Then a couple of Spunkmeyers flightsuits from “Aliens”

I’m missing the next page but the final one I have is misc. films from the 70’s and 80’s

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Im doing a bit more research into the sale and trying to find out more on the prices so an update will be posted in due course.

Aliens Hicks Michael Biehn costume turns up on ebay…and an overview of “Aliens” costumes in the marketplace

whip14One of the best places and the worst places to shop for props is ebay.com. Unfortunately it is riddled with celebrity bras, fake antique store props and background character pieces, but occasionally a real gem can show up for sale. Originally sold in 1987 on August 3rd at the riverside studios Bonhams of London auction I think its very important when pieces like this come up to document the sale.

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Why? Because really good items are rare, and especially when they have been lost for so long.

Here is a link to Riverside studios information from a Dr Who perspective: http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Riverside_Studios

At the sale which had a plethora of really good items from Bond, Alien and Aliens as well as smaller productions costumes were sold for so cheap that today we would look upon it as impossible. Ive searched the internet but almost no mention has been made of the sale…in fact one of the only relics has been the odd costume to surface from it, and of course the original printed auction catalog.

Here is a quote from the great David Oliver over at Propmasters who was present at the sale:

The dress rails full of Aliens Marine Armour, etc., etc., at the bonhams chelsea bank auction. Only me and Tim Lawes were present there, i think perhaps because we were the only 2 collecting then in the UK !! My father was actually offered the entire inventory from Tiny but was not interested and passed Tiny on to Bonhams, it was alot of money then, i think he wanted around £25000 for it. What a pittance in todays market!

Here is an example below of those costumes liberated in 1987 for around one hundred pounds each that a few years later went for a great deal more. I actually have communication from Giles Moon, the gentleman in charge of the department at the time where I confirmed they both had strong provenance, one from The Twilight Zone (Propmasters) and the other from Alien War. Both sold for 920 pounds each in November 1996 at Christies South Kensington. whip7 In June 1993 at Camden house auctions this Frost sold for $750.

ALIENS” 1986 (20th Century Fox), four piece USCM camouflage uniform. Lot consists of: a helmet covered in camouflage material with video eye camera, including tape label inside helmet inscribed “Frost”; a camouflage jacket with an assortment of embroidered patches, with cloth label over breast pocket labeled “Apone”, (portrayed in the film by Al Mathews); matching camouflage pants with label “J. Remar”, and a pair of black leather and khaki fabric boots labeled “Hudson”, (portrayed in film by Bill Paxton).

This following item was one of the things that was useful in linking the ebay auction with the competition from Film Review magazine mentioned in the sale. http://www.proparchives.com/science-fiction/science-fiction-1980s/aliens/aliens-sigourney-weaver

ALIENS/SIGOURNEY WEAVER A two-piece boiler suit of grey cotton, a grey cotton T-shirt and an imitation brown leather bomber jacket – worn by Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in the 1986 Twenty Century Fox film Aliens; accompanied by a still of subject wearing the costume and a copy of a letter from Film Review magazine, congratulating the vendor on …becoming a prize-winner on our movie costumes competition….

whip8 Although the above was the first prize winners item…the second prize was the Hicks sold on ebay a few days ago. This one is kind of funny as supposedly it was sold at Bonningtons in ’87. Sigh….so much for spellcheck.

http://www.proparchives.com/science-fiction/science-fiction-1980s/aliens/trevor-steedman-camouflage-fatigues-from-aliens.

whip9 This one sold for $4000 in Profiles which for a background character shows the high prices achieved since 2008. So back to the Hicks that showed up on ebay this month. Here is the all important text from the sale as well as pictures used during the sale.

whip13 This is the genuine combat dress Michael Biehn wore as Cpl. Dwayne Hicks in the Movie Aliens (1986). Two parts, the short sleeve jacket and the trousers. I live in Sweden and got the dress as a second prize (first prize was Weavers t-shirt and leather-jacket!) in a competition arranged by a British film magazine back in 1987 or 1988 (if I remember correct it was Films Illustrated). They had got the props from an auction at the wellknown British auction house Bonhams. The dress have been stored by me since then and have never been used by anyone during all those years (Michel Biehn is rather small, which I am not…). What more to say? This is a unique prop.


On Feb-03-15 at 11:18:20 PST, seller added the following information: NEW INFORMATION I want to inform you about a blemish on the jacket – see pictures. I looks like oil slicks or something, and when I got the dress I was fool enough to try wash away one of the spots but the only thing that happened was that the fabric got a little bit blanched around the spot. (There is one more oil slick, but that one you do not see from outside the dress.) Perhaps I should have mentioned this little flaw from the beginning, but for me it has not been of importance for the personal value of the dress. Now when I see the very high interest in the item, with a lot of money involved, I feel it would be wrong not to inform about every little detail that could influence your decision to bid and buy. If the highest bidder before this information will still be the winner at the end of the auction want to resign it will of course be okey for me. Sorry for this, but I hope you still will be interested! I also added a picture of the label in the trousers, the jacket has no label.


On Feb-03-15 at 14:10:47 PST, seller added the following information: Got a question if there is also is a patch on the right sleeve with a screaming eagle and USCM (the American flag is on the left side) – and that is correct. It is placed more on the back so you do not see it in the pictures. I tried to upload it here now, but I already my 12 ictures so it did not work. Mail me and I send you the picture!whip12

With the above evidence sent to me I was able to inform the seller that the costume trousers were in fact worn by Mark Rolston as Drake.

In the end the costume was purchased from the seller privately. This was during a time when the leading forum on Aliens posted the auction information for other bidders to see apparently even though it was against the rules to do so (even though a direct link wasn’t given as I understand). A screenmatch was also made during this time essentially raising the possible value exponentially and published their too.

Sadly I wasn’t the winner of this item but i’m glad that it finally showed up in the world after being in this gentleman’s closet for the best part of 25 years in Europe.