PROPMASTERS’ UNIQUE MOVIE AND TELEVISION ARCHIVE UP FOR AUCTION AT EWBANK’S
WHAT WITH HALLOWEEN on it’s way, what could be better than scaring your guests with a lifesize statue of Pinhead? Straight from Pinewood Studios, this figure was made for promotional purposes for the horror movie saga Hellraiser, and carries an estimate of £5,000. It is up for sale as part of what is being billed as the ultimate sale of collectable film and TV props, costumes and memorabilia. The sale celebrates the 30th anniversary of Propmasters – the specialists in all things movie-related.
When Lara Croft races on a motorbike along the Great Wall of China in the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle Of Life, this is the jacket she wears. As a highly identifiable and a signature wardrobe piece to both the character and the movie, it will appear as a highlight in the sale at Ewbank’s Auctions in Surrey on 15th November with an estimate of £5,000 to £8,000.
The 250 plus lots on offer will feature items solely drawn from Propmasters’ unique movie and television archive, which spans from the 1930s to the present day. Other highlights include a production-made Darth Vader helmet from the Star Wars franchise (estimate £15,000), the jackhammer used by vampire killer hero George Clooney’s character in From Dusk Till Dawn (£5,000) and even a lifesize Anterean Alien model from the film Cocoon (£3,000).
For Trekkies, autographs from all eight central actors of the original 1966 Star Trek series – from William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy to DeForest Kelley and James Doohan – are lotted together at just £300.
When it comes to rare scripts, how about an original production script for the 1968 film Where Eagles Dare, starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood (£400-600)? Or the 1979 BBC strike-hit Dr Who series SHADA, starring Tom Baker and written by the legendary Douglas Adams, more famous as the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (£1,000)
Propmasters are pioneers in the world of movie prop collecting, serving the collector as a business since 1988 and collecting privately prior to then. Over the years they have supplied Planet Hollywood, major auction houses throughout the world and, most importantly, collectors.
“The popularity of collecting seems to have no end as more and more people join the growing snowball in search of film props and costumes,” says Propmasters founder David Oliver. “We have sold items within the last 24 months which we have seen more than quadruple in price, amazing to consider we are talking ‘thousands’ rather than ‘hundreds’.
“Prop collecting is now very firmly established which we are more than proud to see as when we first started the reaction was more of a ‘What do you want that for?’ rather than a ‘Wow, where did you get that?’ as it is today.”
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