An upcoming auction of Hollywood memorabilia includes an egg from James Cameron's Aliens, Jack Nicholson's Joker costume from Tim Burton's Batman and Marty McFly's boots from Back to the Future Part II. It may take a while, but iconic props and costumes eventually find their way to the auction block, and oftentimes they bring in big bucks.
Earlier this summer, Gary Kurtz, one of the producers on the first two Star Wars episodes, parted way with some memorabilia from the films, including an original R2-D2 unit used in several films that went to a bidder for $2.76 million. In the same auction, Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber from A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, sold for $450,000, while Darth Vader’s helmet from A New Hope also sold for $96,000. Now, fans of several other legendary films will have their chance to score some major props from the productions and more.
According to Wired, the Prop Store in London is hosting an auction of 600 action, sci-fi and fantasy film and TV items on September 26. Brandon Alinger, one of the collectibles experts with the Prop Store said the auction is a multi-consignor sale, which means the items have come from a variety of sources including private collectors, studios, production companies, industry personnel and rental houses.
Among the gems up for sale is one of Nicholson's Joker suits from Batman, which has a starting bid of $12,955. If you want the Joker's fedora or trench coat, those are being auctioned off separately. In addition, the Xenomorph egg from the end of Aliens (complete with burn marks from Ripley's flamethrower) has a starting bid of $1,295; while bids for Marty's light-up Nike boots (partially restored) worn by Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future Part II start at $16,195.
Perhaps one of the most buzzed about items from Pulp Fiction is on the auction block, too, as Jules Winnfield's (Samuel L. Jackson) wallet, the Bad Mother F---er (one of five made for the movie), is up for bids starting at $12,956.
Ghostbusters fans can get in on the action, too, with Peter Venkman's costume from the original film (starting bid: $3,886). Also up for grabsare a pair of severely bloodshot contact lenses worn by Gary Oldman's titular character in Bram Stoker's Dracula (starting bid: $1,296); Data's trench coat, worn by Ke Huy Quan in The Goonies (starting bid: $9,715); and the whip Harrison Ford used as the titular character in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, with bids starting at $32,395.
Of the more contemporary items, Peter Quill's helmet worn by Chris Pratt in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie is up for bids, starting at $19,437.
Fans of these films and TV shows (the auction includes items from the likes of Doctor Who and Star Trek) aren't required to be at the Prop Store auction in order to bid. Online bidding is going on now at the business' website, and the auction will conclude with online/live bidding on September 26. Naturally, people who are interested are going to need deep pockets if they want to score anything big, but if they do, they're sure to be making some sound investments.
At the very least, fans can see the items on block online, or in-person, as the Prop Store is displaying some of the items at London’s Odeon BFI IMAX theater.