Premiere Props ‘Hollywood Auction Extravaganza X’ Catalog Online, Television & Movie Prop and Costume Sale Event June 15 (Plus An OPB Editorial Plea For Authentication)

May 27, 2013 by · 2 Comments 


Lots for Premiere Props’ sale in mid-June have been listed online with online bidding partner iCollector, as part of their “Hollywood Extravaganza X”. The one-day auction is scheduled for June 15th. As with past auctions, the sale includes general memorabilia, though, as with their last sale, there is more interesting material with this event than they’ve had in some time, although much of it does not include any substantive information (or even vague information) about history and provenance in the lot descriptions (though to their credit, some do).  Premiere Props is such a frustrating company, on so many levels, but some of their auction descriptions (if you can even call them that) are beyond unacceptable.  I can’t imagine someone wanting a piece so badly as to take such a massive leap of faith in bidding on something in which no information whatsoever is provided about *why* it is authentic. Read more

Hobbyist Collector Launches “PROPbay” Online Museum and Marketplace to Auction, Buy, Sell, & Trade TV and Movie Props and Costumes

October 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Fellow hobbyist Alex Tutusaus has this week launched a new service for television and movie prop collectors called “PROPbay”.  The online service and website was created to offer collectors an opportunity to share photos and information about pieces in their collection, as well as interact with one another to discuss trading, buying, and selling such material.  The site is dedicated to original production material (not replicas). Read more

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

April 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 


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

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About OPB Website Reviews

June 16, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

A new feature to the OPB is an ongoing series of hobby-related website reviews that might be of interest to original prop collectors. This will include websites about specific subjects, online discussion forums, blogs, and more. Read more

About OPB Book Reviews

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Article Summary: An overview of a new category for upcoming OPB articles, featuring reviews of books, in whole or in part, related to original prop and wardrobe collecting. Read more

The 8th Annual Original Prop Blog “Year in Review” for 2014: News, Developments, and Trends in Collecting Original TV & Movie Props, Costumes and Pop Culture Memorabilia

January 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 


As per tradition, (see 2007 Year in Review, 2008 Year in Review, 2009 Year in Review, 2010 Year in Review, 2011 Year in Review, 2012 Year in Review, 2013 Year in Review), what follows is an editorial featuring my personal observations and opinions with regards to the business of buying, collecting, selling, and preserving original pop culture artifacts – looking back at the top trends, developments, and news stories of 2014. As is always the case, this is a completely subjective exercise, and merely touches on the developments and events that relate to the hobby. Read more

EXCLUSIVE: Video Interview with Colin Cantwell on ’74/’75 Star Wars Prototypes & Never Publicly Shown Concept Art, The Apollo XI Moon Landing with NASA & CBS, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, WarGames and More

November 13, 2014 by · 2 Comments 


Colin Cantwell is a dreamer.  However, he’s is one of those rare individuals who is not content to merely dream, but to imagine how to make dreams a reality, and takes action to make things happen.  And if the tool or method that he requires does not exist, he will invent it.  He is about thinking up possibilities that others would find… impossible.  He is also quite modest, regardless of his incredible accomplishments across a broad spectrum of disciplines.  He seems to be entirely self-motivated and has an internal engine driving him to achieve the results that bring his dreams to life.  My other observation, through my conversations with him at his home in Colorado some months ago, is that he is not only brilliant, but he is unrestrained by the divisions and categorizations that frame the lives of most of the rest of us.  Like the great Leonardo da Vinci, Colin Cantwell is gifted with a great diversity of talents, as a scientist, inventor, artist, special and computer effects wizard, architect, engineer, and I’m sure a number of other abilities.  In my opinion, he is one of our great national treasures that “we” didn’t know about.  He played a significant role in Star Wars: A New Hope, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Omnimax/IMAX, Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and WarGames, working with some of our greatest film auteurs like George Lucas, Stanley Kubrick, and Steven Spielberg.  He worked with NASA and CBS on the Apollo XI moon landing mission.  He even won over “the greatest architect of all-time”, Frank Lloyd Wright.  And at 82 years of age, he continues to work on his life achievements; with his concept of Cosmic Biodesics, only now is the rest of the world catching up to his ideas. Read more

‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ Movie Prop Fertility Idols In The Marketplace Update 2014

November 6, 2014 by · 1 Comment 


This is an update to the 2013 version of this same article.  As with that 2013 feature, this one is prompted by another Bonhams auction offering for a fertility idol attributed to use in Raiders of the Lost Ark , this one referencing back to one of their older auctions in 2005.  Due to public interest in discussing iconic props from the Indiana Jones films, and confusion in the marketplace with regards to the provenance and authentication of such pieces, I thought it appropriate to update my ongoing series of articles on the topic with the new information and photos (see: Raiders of the Lost Ark Fertility Idols In The Marketplace). Read more

Christie’s Withdraws “Prototype” Star Wars Stormtrooper Prop Helmet with Andrew Ainsworth Provenance from Upcoming Auction

June 16, 2014 by · 5 Comments 


Today Christie’s has withdrawn Lot 136 from their upcoming Sale #5446, a prop attributed to Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) and described as a “prototype Imperial Stormtrooper’s helmet“.   There has been ongoing public debate and controversy over movie prop Stormtrooper helmets trading for sale in the marketplace for years, and some of this debate and discussion intersected the legal battles between Lucasfilm and Andrew Ainsworth.  In the auction description, Andrew Ainsworth was named as the source of provenance for the prop withdrawn from the current Christie’s sale. Read more

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