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Tom Spina Designs – Han Solo in Carbonite Desk

February 29, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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

Guernsey’s Pugliese Pop Culture Collection Auction: HD Images from Today Show Feature

February 28, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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

Guernsey’s Pugliese Pop Culture Collection Auction: Featured on the Today Show

February 28, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

Here are links to the two video segments hosted on the Today Show website: Read more

Barret-Jackson Collector Car Auction Event: Palm Beach, FL – March 26-30, 2008

February 28, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

Barrett-Jackson is holding a Collector Car Event in Palm Beach, Florida from March 26-30, 2008. This auction will include 600 vehicles at auction, all no reserve, and will be broadcast on Speed.

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

Star Trek TOS Original Series Tricorder Prop – eBay Seller Response

February 26, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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

eBay Auction: Star Trek TOS Original Series Tricorder Prop

February 25, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

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

80th Academy Awards Ceremony Tonight

February 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

All details can be found at Oscar.com and Oscars.org. Read more

Profiles in History, Star Wares Featured on CBS News Sunday Morning

February 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

I missed the broadcast, but if I can find the video on the Internet, I’ll post an update with the link.

In any event, Bill Geist of CBS visited both Profiles in History and StarWares in covering movie props and costumes, given that tonight is the Academy Awards.

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.

The print version of the story appears in it’s entirety at CBSNews.com (LINK): Read more

Third Wave of NBC Universal Studio Auctions Begin March 3, 2008

February 23, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

More details can be found at www.nbc.com/Shop/auctions/ Read more

Authentic Superman Costume In The Marketplace – The Prop Store of London

February 22, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

Yesterday The Prop Store of London listed as “Sold” on their site an original Superman III body suit with a COA from Warner Bros.

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

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