I recently came across an eBay auction that ended in March, offered by Auction Depot LA with a Global Antiques COA titled: “GONE WITH THE WIND FILM PROP ORIGINAL DAGGER SWORD”. This piece realized $713.00 at auction.
This seller and consignor/authenticator have already been topics of past articles:
As discussed in the previous articles, “Auction Depot LA” (auctiondepotla1 on eBay) offers a large number of items on a regular basis (nearly 200 items are currently live on eBay in the “Collectibles” category of their eBay store, as of the writing of this article).
These collectibles, attributed to film/television use and/or ownership by Hollywood stars and public/historic figures, are apparently consigned and authenticated by “Global Antiques” (also referred to as “City of Los Angeles Global Antiques”).
For example, many of these items are described as “original” and “authentic” props from “Gone With The Wind”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “Casablanca”, “I Love Lucy”, “Star Trek”, “James Bond”, “Lord of the Rings”, and other films and television programs, as well as many collectibles and antiques marketed as owned by John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball, and other classic and iconic Hollywood stars as well as objects previously owned by public figures such as Sigmund Freud, Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, Al Capone, Andy Warhol, and others.
The following piece was another item offered for sale to the public on eBay by Auction Depot LA, with a Certificate of Authenticity from the same source/authenticator, also described as “curator” in the listings, “City of Los Angeles Global Antiques”.
Gone With The Wind “Original Dagger”
“GONE WITH THE WIND FILM PROP ORIGINAL DAGGER SWORD” (eBay Item #310032365421)
High Resolution Full Auction Archive: eBay Listing – auctiondepotla1 “GONE WITH THE WIND FILM PROP ORIGINAL DAGGER SWORD”
This is the marketing description for the item:
You are looking at a GONE WITH THE WIND FILM PROP ORIGINAL DAGGER SWORD + COA.
Now is your chance to own a piece of Hollywood history!!
- Gone With the Wind, 1939
- Film Prop Original
- Dagger/ Sword + Sheath Cover
- Metal Material
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do you know what scene this item was featured in?
A: Since this item was pulled from a large vault of props, exact scene details are not available. It may be recognized in a scene or it could be used in production off camera.
Q: How do I know this prop is authentic?
A: Global Antiques is the curator of all of the props available for auction through Auction Depot LA. They acquire these props from collectors and studio personnel. The item is authenticated by Global Antiques after its provenance has been validated and certified. Every prop we sell is accompanied by a Silver or Gold Certificate of Authenticity. No other documents are included with the auction.
Q: How can I contact Global Antiques or the original owner?
A: We act as an agent for Global Antiques and would be happy to answer any other questions you have. We cannot disclose contact info for our private sellers but you are welcome to call us toll free at (877) 337-6852
INCLUDED IN THIS AUCTION
- GONE WITH THE WIND FILM PROP ORIGINAL DAGGER SWORD
- Certificate of Authenticity Global Antiques, Los Angeles)
Appearance: Used during the production of the motion picture: Gone With the Wind. Signs of use. No damage.
These are the details of the “Certificate of Authenticity (City of Los Angeles, Global Antiques)”:
The COA cites “Gone With The Wind”, “Film Prop Original”, with an “AM Approval Date” of “1939″.
Per Wikipedia (LINK):
Gone with the Wind is a 1939 film adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel of the same name and directed by Victor Fleming. The epic film which was set in the American South in and around the time of the Civil War, starred Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland. It told a story of the Civil War and its aftermath from a white Southern point of view.
It is a matter of record that the film was originally released in 1939 and the story took place during the American Civil War (circa 1861 – 1865).
The “dagger sword” offered in this auction did not appear to match the period of the film, but seemed to resemble a WWII-era (circa 1939 – 1945) Japanese weapon.
World War II, per Wikipedia (LINK):
World War II, or the Second World War, was a global military conflict, the joining of what had initially been two separate conflicts. The first began in Asia in 1937 as the Second Sino-Japanese War; the other began in Europe in 1939 with the German invasion of Poland.
The war ended September 2, 1945.
There is a replica, reproduction dagger commercially available today that appears to match the one attributed to use as a film prop in “Gone with the Wind”:
Modern Replica “Japanese WWII Naval Decorator Dirk” (Product No. 22-4044)
This replica knife is currently widely available at online merchants for approximately $36-$55. Examples include:
This compilation shows a promotional photo of the modern day reproduction Japanese WWII naval decorator dirk replica in the center, and photos from the Auction Depot LA Gone With The Wind “film prop original dagger sword” eBay auction surrounding it:
High Resolution Archive: “Japanese WWII Naval Decorator Dirk” & “Auction Depot LA Gone With The Wind Dagger Sword”
Jason De Bord