Holly Haber and Lennard Billin of Reel Clothes & Props Featured in UK’s Daily Mail Article

March 17, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Owners Holly Haber and Lennard Billin and their business, Reel Clothes & Props, are featured in an extensive article published in print and online in today’s Daily Mail out of the UK.  The publication, which has a fondness for celebrities, focuses on what kind of wardrobe material the retail outlet offers and goes into specifics of how it relates to various Hollywood actors and actresses, as well as providing a primer on the notion of values and investment. Read more

Story About Prop Masters on National Public Radio (NPR) Academy Awards Feature

February 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

National Public Radio (NPR) has broadcast a radio feature about the world of the prop master, talking with principals from History for Hire, ISS Props, and The Handprop Room and others. Read more

Jalopnik Challenges Authenticity of “JFK Ambulance”; Barrett-Jackson Sells Vehicle for $132,000 at Auction

January 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

While not about original props and costumes from movies or television, this story is of interest in that it involves a public auction and public challenges over the authenticity of a high value item offered for sale – an ambulance said to have carried the body of President John F. Kennedy following his assassination in 1963 (Barrett-Jackson Lot: 1277 – 1963 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE AMBULANCE).  Read more

Debbie Reynolds’ “Hollywood Motion Picture and Television Museum” Update – Collection ‘Likely’ To Be Sold At Auction

September 10, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that it is “likely” that the collection of memorabilia planned to be showcased in Debbie Reynolds’ Hollywood Motion Picture and Television Museum will be sold at auction.  Read more

Entertainment Weekly Reports: “SyFy Goes Hunting for Hollywood” with Joe Maddalena on the SyFy Channel

June 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello reports via his “Ausiello Files” exclusively today that the SyFy network has greenlit a new cable television series,’Hunting Hollywood’.  EW reports that the “documentary-style show” will feature information about collecting pop culture memorabilia, as well as original props and costumes from film and television.  Joe Maddalena, owner and CEO of Profiles in History, will serve as the host of the program. Read more

Zap2It Questions Authenticity of TV Prop Assets from ABC & Disney’s Upcoming LOST Auction Managed by Profiles in History

May 12, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

In an article published today by, the news entertainment website questioned the authenticity of props being auctioned by Profiles in History in their well publicized and studio sanctioned sale event (see ‘Lost’ finale auction — Real or reproductions?). Read more

New eBay Legal Development in the UK – Seller to be Fined up to £50,000 for Shill Bidding

April 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The latest in a series of interesting legal developments related to eBay in the past few years, breaking news today is the case of an eBay seller in the UK who faces up to £50,000 in fines for shill bidding his own auctions.  The Daily Mail reports this is the first case in which someone is being fined for such activities. Read more

Debbie Reynolds’ “Hollywood Motion Picture and Television Museum” Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Reorganization Update

March 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Wall Street Journal and the Knoxville News Sentinel both report that Debbie Reynolds’ Hollywood Motion Picture and Television Museum filed its Chapter 11 plan of reorganization in a Los Angeles bankruptcy court last week, and that “[t]he plan calls for the completion of the museum’s construction, aims to resolve a long-running legal dispute, promises to pay creditors in full and hopes to put Reynolds’ substantial collection… on public view for the first time in more than 10 years. Read more

New Zealand Herald “Fraud of the Rings” Story Gets It Wrong About Original “Lord of the Rings” Movie Prop Collection

March 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Reporter Joseph Barratt authored a news feature in this past weekend’s “Herald on Sunday” (published online by The New Zealand Herald) titled “Fraud of the Rings?” which focused on Troika Brodsky and his collection of original movie props used in the Academy Award-winning Lord of the Rings film trilogy directed by Peter Jackson.  The collector was both surprised and dismayed by the story that was published, questioning his credibility and the authenticity of the pieces in his collection created by Weta Workshop and sourced from highly publicized, direct from the studio sources (New Line Cinema Auctions and a Hasbro sweepstakes contest). Read more

Lawsuits And Controversy Over Autographed Memorabilia With Doctored Celebrity Signing Photos

January 11, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

A story which has been playing out in the mainstream media recently involves multiple lawsuits and controversy with regards to autographed memorabilia, including doctored photos altered to include images of items that are completely fictional in the context of the original photos, with instruments and other material added to unrelated photos. Read more

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