Heritage auctions presents: the best auction catalog ever made. Period.

  

  
In a year of superlative auction catalogs from Propstore and Profiles in history who would have thought that Heritage auctions like Rocky himself would come into the ring and after changing dates on the sale and giving themselves a few months extra time to prepare, made this outstanding knockout blow. In short in my eyes, they have produced the best looking entertainment catalog ever made. 

Those are 25 years in the business eyes too.
You can argue price and estimates all you want but for sheer number of quality items, clear photos and great descriptive write ups it’s fantastic. The lenticular cover is cool too!

  
The thing that makes it special though is two fold. The lay outs with their flare, fold out gatesleeves and Hollywood stylings are phenomenol but the heart and soul of Stallone speaks volumes in his personal recollections of nearly all the key items. It’s simply great to know which items he had on set with him the most and background history related by the actual guy who not only held and wore them on set but also curated them for his own personal collection. 

  
It is in short a true collection of hero props since he clearly selected only the best and most worn item to take home with him. In a world currently inundated with stunt, backup and unused items in sales this is the real deal folks.
So…if it isn’t clear by now I loved this thing. Catalogs are the things we decide to mark our territory on. They are the device we time travel back to our past defeats and glories and remember for good or bad. They are the authenticity in our memories and our physical link to the historical items we may never hold but yet get to cherish as the camera never settles on them long enough to enjoy and yet here we get to peruse that picture and covert it.

  
$75 may seem a lot but this should be in everyone’s collection and takes over its place from 1991’s Bonhams Dr Who Catalog as my personal favorite catalog ever. It’s impossibly good.

My thanks to Eric Bradley at Heritage auctions for the review copy of the book.

I leave you with a personal quote from one of Sylvester Stallones biggest fans. It does explain why amongst the pretenders he has lived on in showbusiness and fans hearts for his whole career…and why bids are already off the charts on some items. 

It’s also why your going to probably lose the item you want to bid on. It’s not the movie…it’s the man that inspires his fans.

“Sly inspires fans to be healthy, your never to old to be in shape but most of all to never give up on what you want to achieve in life”

Paul Wintner, Fan #1

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
http://www.paulfrasercollectibles.com/Say-hello-to-his-$25,000-little-friend—Scarfaces-gun-stars-at-auction/4379.page

    
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

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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.