Jason Bourne’s Hero Glock 17, “The Bourne Ultimatum”

opb-intro-glock-17-jump-x380

This is the next in a series of more comprehensive profiles of the original props in my own collection, and the next piece to be showcased one of four blank fire Glock 17s used by Matt Damon as Jason Bourne in NYC scenes in the Paul Greengrass film "The Bourne Ultimatum". … [Read more...]

Les Hemstock’s “Planet of the Apes” Statue of Liberty Prop: A “Terminal” Error in Authentication

compare-real-statue-of-liberty-les-hemstock-planet-of-the-apes-x425

An industry professional who personally inspected the Les Hemstock "Planet of the Apes" Statue of Liberty prop at the "The Hollywood Collectors & Celebrities Show" convention has come forward with information and evidence that it was actually custom designed and sculpted for the film, The Terminal (2004), which would confirm that it has absolutely no connection whatsoever … [Read more...]

“The Robert De Niro Collection” at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

robert-deniro-collection-video-link-x425

Robert De Niro donated his personal collection of 8,000 costume, prop, and makeup items from fifty-six motion pictures and two theater productions to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin in 2006.  This material is now available to researchers and the public at the humanities research library and museum at the University. … [Read more...]

“Super Hollywood” Superman III Costume Case Study: High Resolution Photo Archive & Analysis

super-hollywood-superman-costume-ebay-super38-case-study-50-x2000

This marks the 100th article related to Superman costumes in the marketplace characterized as "original".  This article includes hands on analysis and a new archive of high resolution photos of a Superman costume sold by Armando Alvarez ("Super Hollywood") and accompanying provenance and eBay and PayPal transaction records from the buyer.  This new material is also compared … [Read more...]

Superman Costume Tracking Matrices [Version 2.0]

superman-costume-matrices-042509-70x100

This work product is part of the ongoing series of articles about Superman costumes in the marketplace, tracking public auction house, dealer and dealer websites, and public eBay listings of costume items attributed to use by Christopher Reeve in the Superman films of the 70s and 80s (see category Market Watch | Superman). … [Read more...]

“Die Hard” Movie Prop Beretta, NYPD Badge Set, Zippo Lighter, Radio

die-hard-assortment-collection-movie-gun-70x100

This is the next in a series of more comprehensive profiles of the original props in my own collection, and the next pieces to be showcased are the Zippo lighter, Kenwood radio, and NYPD badge set from the John McTiernan  film "Die Hard" staring Bruce Willis as John McClane and the hero Beretta from "Die Hard With A Vengeance". … [Read more...]

Interview With Brian Johnson, Special Effects Artist (Special to the OPB)

brian-johnson-spfx-interview-star-wars-empire-strikes-back-70x1001

Brandon Alinger of the Prop Store of London has shared some interviews with me with permission to publish them on the Original Prop Blog for readers to enjoy. The first interview is with Academy Award winning Special Effects Artist Brian Johnson. … [Read more...]

Battlestar Galactica Original Prop Auction II Update – Live Event Catalog Available Online

propworx-battlestar-galactica-auction-ii-catalog-pdf-x425

The electronic version of the Propworx auction catalog for their second upcoming Battlestar Galactica prop auction is available for download - the live event is is scheduled for May 8-10, 2009 in Pasadena, CA. … [Read more...]