While this isn’t an original prop-related article, I thought it was a neat piece and worth making a note of, especially since Tom Spina is an important figure in the hobby, as a driving force in preservation and restoration of props (see OPB Featured Interview).
Tom and Richard Riley of Tom Spina Designs created a really cool “one off” piece of functional film art – a desk designed and fabricated for the home theater/office of Mark Hall, lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning group Casting Crowns. The desk features the iconic Han Solo in Carbonite from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Read more
Here are a few HD screencaps from the Today Show broadcast aired this morning (see prior article for videos). This is only from the second segment, as I don’t believe the first segment airs in my market. All are 1920×1080 (click for high resolution). Read more
The broadcast of The Today Show featured a preview of Guernsey’s Pugliese Prop Culture Collection auction, to be held at the Palm in Las Vegas March 15-16, 2008.
This auction will include some cars used in television programs, including 13 cars from The Sopranos and “Super KITT” and “Attack Mode KITT” from the recent Knight Rider NBC special which aired this month. Read more
As written in yesterday’s article, “eBay Auction: Star Trek TOS Original Series Tricorder Prop“, an item was listed on eBay yesterday, marketed as an original tricorder prop from Star Trek: The Original Series, with an opening bid amount of $12,000, which has raised some concerns in the Star Trek collecting community as to it’s authenticity: “Star Trek TOS Original Series Tricorder Prop (1966-69)” (eBay Item #280203748990).
Alec Peters of the Star Trek Prop, Costume, and Auction Blog wrote an article about this auction on his blog today, “Alledged TOS Tricorder on ebay – Mark English replica?“. Read more
An item was listed on eBay yesterday, marketed as an original tricorder prop from Star Trek: The Original Series, with an opening bid amount of $12,000, which has raised some concerns in the Star Trek collecting community as to it’s authenticity: Read more
Tonight is the 80th Academy Awards ceremony. The telecast for the Academy Awards for outstanding achievements of 2007 are being presented at the Kodak Theatre starting at 5PM PST.
I missed the broadcast, but if I can find the video on the Internet, I’ll post an update with the link.
While I can only speak to the print version of the story, it is somewhat typical of mainstream media coverage of the hobby – focused on price and value with no mention of the importance of authentication.
NBC Universal is hosting a third wave of direct from the studio auctions starting March 3, 2008. The first two sets of auctions listed included original props, wardrobe, and set-pieces from Heroes, The Office, 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights, and Las Vegas.
I thought it appropriate to make note of this piece here, along with photos, as an archive reference of what an authentic suit looks like.
Of particular note is that the very few I’ve seen with impeccable provenance (such as the costume sold by ScreenUsed) have a very distinct features which differ from those that have no studio paperwork, such as the distinctly shaped collars, the “S” symbol sewn “into” the costume, rather than “onto” the costume, etc.
It is also interesting that the suits with questionable provenance never include high resolution, full coverage (front, back, close-up) photos for comparison.
The Prop Store of London Description: Read more