The best of the Screenused.com March 2016 auction @icollector Part 1

So another year rolls around and here we have part 1 of a multi part look at some if the best and most interesting items in the Screenused  March auction coming up later this month taking place at the Silicon Valley comic con.

First up in honor of the Banshee tv series auction in May there are 3 items for fans of the TV show including the piece below.

  
(Cinemax, 2013) This outfit was acquired by the production for use by Matthew Rauch as “Clay Burton” in the season one episode titled “Meet The New Boss”. The outfit consists of a matching suit jacket and pants, made by Boss, a pink long sleeve button down shirt, black leather belt, a pair of Giorgio Brutini size 10.5 shoes and bow tie. The bow tie was also worn with other outfits. This will be the only Burton costume offered as part of the ScreenUsed Banshee auction in May with the correct matching bow tie.

Nice thing about this is its one of the few complete outfits from the character that will ever be sold. Burton is one of tv’s most interesting villains so if you haven’t checked out the show you simply must do so. 

Next up is Aeryn Suns (Claudia Black) top from the TV show “Farscape”. Pieces from the show have always done well at auction and rarely resold once people bought items through the “creation” convention auctions online.

  

The following lot from Muppets most wanted are pretty cool…a newspaper with the main muppet villain Constantine.

  
Terra nova fans are well served with costumes and props worn by Stephen Lang as Cmdr Taylor, the boss of the base thrust backwards in time to the land of the dinosaurs. First up two costumes worn in various episodes:

  
And secondly his metal etched dog tags again used in several episodes.

  

“The Thing” art of Ploog special edition artbook and storyboard special kickstarter review

 
Mike Ploog worked in the movie industry after working in comics heavily during the 1970’s on Ghost Rider and Daredevil. 

  
By his account, he has worked in post-production on the movie Ghostbusters (“All that stuff you saw on cereal boxes are my paintings”) and with film director Ralph Bakshi on the animated features Wizards, The Lord of the Rings, and Hey Good Lookin’. He was production designer on Michael Jackson: Moonwalker(1988), and has storyboarded or done other design work on films including John Carpenter’s The Thing,  Superman II,  Little Shop of Horrors and The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and, he says, several Jim Henson Company projects, such as the films The Dark Crystal  and Labyrinth and the TV series The Storyteller.

So a man with such rich history in the film world without a celebration of his work in book form was sorely lacking in fans collections. 

Make no mistake not only did the kickstarter come thru and deliver with flying colors but this is one of the finest hardcover books I’ve ever owned. Exquisite would be a good choice of word.

  
The packing was equally perfect as the shot above illustrates. The perks included a signed werewolf print and the storyboard book below. 

  
We early adopters got the set for just under $400. Copies of the set have already been selling for 2-3 times that.

The book itself is a wealth of imagery and the care gone into making this by FPG in Pittsburgh is astonishing. It’s truly a special piece. 

My version was the special “Thing” movie edition and of course came with a seperately packed one of a kind storyboard with all the characters from the arctic base in a custom folding sleeve drawn in pencil.

  
So have to say as my first kickstarter experience I had a great time with it. Congratulations to everyone involved on this great endeavor.

Screenused.com Banshee TV show preview and auction

  

The Screenused.com Banshee TV show auction is a giant auction of four seasons of props, costumes and set dressing scheduled for May 21st on Icollector.com.

This clapperboard was delivered to the Propstop offices declaring that plus reminding us of the important fact that it’s less than a month to the start of season 4 on Cinemax. 
Banshee is the story of a criminal who becomes the towns sheriff and uses his skills to fight crime against some of the great villain creations of the last 10 years.
The auction contains over 400 props, wardrobe and set pieces from all the main characters.

A special 3 costume preview of this massive sale is included in the Screenused March 19th sale on Icollector, Lots 35, 36, 37. Link: 

http://www.icollector.com/Banshee-TV-Lucas-Hood-s-Main-Outfit-Antony-Starr_i24262961

These three costumes include Hoods police outfit, Burtons enforcer suit and a dress ensemble worn by Lilly Collins

  
  

“Rambo” costume worn by Sylvester Stallone arrives from Heritage auctions 

  
So I really had to commit pen to paper (digitally) to commend Heritage auctions again for the completion of my order to buy the Rambo costume Sly wore in part 4 of his second most beloved franchise after “Rocky”

You may remember the concern I had about the shirt not matching other color variations in the catalog pictures. Well don’t worry…in person the shirt matches all the others perfectly.

  
First up everything came in a garment bag, the zipper adorned with Stallone auction tag. A coa endorsed by Sylvester hoping we enjoy the item, the placards from the exhibition with a picture of the item from the film and invoices…all perfectly packed and shipped for $30 in a few days.  

As I suspected the sand colored shirt indeed had #1 written inside as did the trousers. The under shirt was the correct color despite the auction catalog having some color correction….and no slice marks unlike the ones sold in the last half of the sale where they were converted to have squibs fired through them. 

Best of all the blue shirt that ended up in the lot was marked with a cotton sewn “R” right in the neck. Boy was that cool to see. R for Rambo.   

What a tremendous experience. Thank you Heritage and Allison in the sales department for facilitating this. To think that this shirt below went for $4,000 by itself….well I’m happy as a Mr Stallone headed for Oscar glory!

 

“Rambo”:  Stallone’s screen worn hero outfit from Sly’s personnel collecton.

  
Buying smart. That should be the main headline of this write up.

I’ve already described how the Heritage auction for Sly Stallone had some amazing hidden pieces amongst the expensive obvious lots but this piece above was always on my top three shortlist. Just how good it was I wouldn’t know until I received pictures from the auctioneer.

The lot specifically stated it had an extra blue shirt with it and of course knowing the pictures and film this was not the shirt seen in any way with this outfit. Of course it was an error and confirmed after reviewing these pictures from the auctioneer.


  It’s actually this shirt that sold for $2000 in the sale by itself! That is the blue shirt worn in the first half of the film.

 
What was very nice in that picture from Heritage also was the shot inside the shirt which wasn’t available in the catalog, showing a rather large “#1” revealing that beige shirt was the hero shirt worn in the film. 

 

So there you go. Obviously I was ecstatic to be able to win these and very grateful that Heritage was able to offer me as the under bidder the piece…doubly so for the great deal!

Interestingly the fate of said biege shirt is never revealed in the film. A case of there it is and then disappears! Why? Well the behind the scenes below reveals all.

  

REVIEW: Heritage auctions Sylvester Stallone auction 

http://youtu.be/oxiSzPM7uNA

So the event is a few days past and here is my review of what I saw having sat through 80% of the live 2 day event and caught up on Sunday’s internet only sale.
  

First up you will know that I loved the auction catalog that single handedly pulled me into bidding on several items and made me write that it was the single best example of its type ever. I absolutely still think that BUT ther were several examples that aided and frustrated me where a lot was listed with extra items and they were not pictured. On reflection that was a minor but annoying issue.

This did of course contribute to finding some really great deal lots where it was missed by others, or not sometimes. As much as I tried my quest to get a nice piece of Stallone history was frustrated time and again. 

So obviously going to the HA.Com website can easily pull you up a list of prices realized, something that you can find yourself but I wanted to give my thoughts on the event and key pieces that I wanted to bid on or stood out.

Stallone himself came out to start the event off and I thought this was fantastic and shot my hopes to pieces all in one go. By having him there I think it altered the prices a good 20% or more. For charity great…but for my pocketbook bad.

Prices were incredible really across the board for this sale. That comes from several long time collectors and dealers who most if not all of the time were blown out of the water bidding wise the same as me. Too high? Not if you intend to covert the piece and keep it but if you intended to resell then I think you may have some problems. I certainly think having a one time sale with over 4500 bidders and wall to wall advertising had a big impact on prices which may never be realized again.

Did I dislike anything? Well yes. 

Several times I found the extended time given to bidders online or in the room made me lose out on winning the item. Sometimes people paid an extra $100. Sometimes the price doubled all for the sake of bringing the hammer down very slowly. 

A number of times the item was reopened for bidders online. I’m sure this didn’t please a number of people especially who for seconds had the winning bid only to have it pulled out of their grasp.
Strangely enough there were 3 occasions when people started getting rowdy in the room and had small altercations with the two auctioneers present usually because the lot had been closed and their bid hadn’t been taken because they had decided too late to bid. Personally I was on the side of the auctioneer BUT having seen them reopen lots for people online not doing it for people in the room must have been annoying to those people seated in LA. It was the argumentative approach I had an issue with to some extent as we viewers a home had to listen to verbal sparring for about a minute.

So what were my 3 items I liked? 

Well I did a lot of matching items before I decided to bid. I was under the assumption that Stallone would keep his hero pieces and I was exactly right a number of times.

  This piece from Rocky 6 was of interest to  me and after viewing the film it screen matched precisely on the seams, buttons and wear to the picture below. Seek the 4mb version of this picture below and you will see the match.

 
Ultimately selling for $4500 I thought that was a bit rich for my blood.

  
Next up this piece from Rambo which was a bear to screen match. I’d say almost impossible on screen. Even the tshirt seemingly brown at one point seemed to change to grey towards the end.

My initial plan was to buy the headwear, arrows and costume for display but when the arrows & quiver sold for $3000 that went out the window sadly. 

 
In the end runner up again! Sure it’s a simplistic costume but I loved it for that and that it was worn for roughly half the action of the film. 

So what else did I like but avoided due to price? Well I loved the Dredd costume but $30,000 without shirt or trousers was crazy. Another $6,000 for the shirt. I adored the Copland outfit but to make it complete about $10,000. Escape to victory was a favorite as a kid and that Ex-Planet Hollywood display went for around 10k to with the goalie shirt and ball which I’m not sure how many caught was a film used ball signed by the cast and crew including director John Huston on the front.

My final and most disappointing loss was the “prototype” knife from Rambo 4. Only it wasn’t. It was the hero closeup piece from the extended edition where Rambo burns the enemy boat and throws his Second movie knife away in an act of rejecting violence. It matched 90% and only because some of the paint had come off the black blade after filming. I hoped to snag this for $1000 but it sold for $5000. I’m sure I went quite high at the end.

  
This one really hurt after all the effort I put into it. Unfortunately and I saw this a lot during the sale of one item sold for X the second item sold for around the same price. No deals…almost exclusively. I believe because 2 Rambo knives identical in style to this sold for $10,000 so I guess the bidders assumed x2 $5000 makes 10k. No idea if anyone  else matched it, most people claimed not to I spoke to but there you go.

  
It’s not a great pic above but that’s the moment before when he throws it and it lands….beautiful piece although admittedly the prop was rough compared to the hero closeup pieces which surprised me as it received a full on shot.

So there you go. A wonderful event spoiled by deeper pockets than my own. What do you do.  

Congrats to the winners. I know many of us are waiting in the wings to rebuy these pieces down the road when the heats off the prices. I’m pretty sure we will see some of them down the road…just like John Rambo.