Gilt Groupe Offers Sale of Authentic Memorabilia from Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi'; Proceeds Benefit the Orangutan Foundation International

November 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Gilt Group has again opened a unique sale of original props for charity, this time offering material from Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, which opens in theaters in the United States tomorrow.  Per the website retailer, “Lee is donating the proceeds from the props to Orangutan Foundation International (, after having an inspiring experience when he visited the facility while doing research for the movie”.  Of the pieces offered is the lifeboat which represents an important part of the film. Read more

Gilt Groupe Offers Sale of Authentic Memorabilia from ‘Midnight in Paris’, Net Proceeds Benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

February 23, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

This morning the Gilt Group has opened its sale of original props from the Woody Allen film ‘Midnight in Paris’ on it’s website.  The site states that all net proceeds from the sale of this original memorabilia from the Academy Award nominated film will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Read more

Pawn Stars: Harry Houdini Straight Jacket Matched to Vintage Photo from January 1, 1915 – For Sale On eBay

May 19, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Last week’s episode of Pawn Stars featured a gentleman who brought in a vintage straight jacket that he believed to have been owned by magician Harry Houdini.  In the episode, Rick calls in Murray SawChuck to help authenticate the piece, which he ultimately believes he does irrefutably via matching details (stitching, buttons, placement and style thereof) to a very high resolution vintage photo from January 1, 1915.  If correct, it marks the pieces as extraordinarily rare and historically important, yet the owner of the piece and Rick cannot come to terms, with the owner at $30,000 and Rick at $25,000.  It would seem to be much more valuable than that, by my estimation, and is currently listed for sale on eBay for $149,000. Read more

Pawn Stars: An Entertaining Television Series for Collectors and Original Movie Prop Hobbyists

March 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

One of my favorite programs on television is Pawn Stars, which airs on The History Channel.  Pawn Stars is a reality series about the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas run by “The Old Man”, his son Rick, and his grandson “Big Hoss”.   The series is akin to Antiques Roadshow in that customers bring in antiques, collectibles, and other items to sell, which includes authentication and appraisal by experts. Read more

eBay’s “kellysheroesmilitaria” No Longer A Registered User

October 31, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

The account of “kellysheroesmilitaria” has been suspended on eBay, showing a status of “No longer a registered user” and “Not a registered user” (also known as “NARU”).  Read more

More On Original Props from 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

October 14, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

The topic of original props made for the film, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea was broached in two recent articles, focusing on a Nautilus model that was part of the final auction event held by Red Baron’s Antiques (see Red Baron Antiques Final “End of an Era” Auction September 27-28, 2008 and Follow-up: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea & Red Baron ‘Nautilus Model’ Auction). Read more

Follow-up: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea & Red Baron ‘Nautilus Model’ Auction

September 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Since publishing the article a few days ago about the final auction event to be held by Red Baron’s Antiques (see Red Baron Antiques Final “End of an Era” Auction September 27-28, 2008), prop collectors very familiar with the film 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea have provided some photos and observations related to the auction for the Nautilus model described as an “80″ Studio prop believed to be one of the submarines used in the 1954 movie“. Read more

Red Baron Antiques Final “End of an Era” Auction September 27-28, 2008

September 20, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Red Baron Antiques will be holding their final auction on September 27th and 28th in Atlanta, GA.  The “End of an Era” auction will be comprised of antiques, but one original movie prop included in the sale will be what is claimed to be one of the 80″ studio prop submarines from 20,0000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954). Read more

Anatomy of an “Original” Movie Prop Certificate of Authenticity (kellysheroesmilitaria Update 7)

August 29, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

This is a follow-up to previous articles (see kellysheroesmilitaria Original Props…, Update 1, Update 2, Update 3, Update 4, Update 5, Update 6) in which “original prop” auctions by “kellysheroesmilitaria” on eBay were compared with non-movie prop matching items available for sale from online retailers, as well as non-movie prop purchases made on eBay by “kellysheroesmilitaria” and items that appear to match being offered for sale as “original props” from the same eBay account.  Read more

kellysheroesmilitaria Update 6: eBay Third Party Reporting Case Study Conclusion

August 13, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

As noted previously (see kellysheroesmilitaria Original Props: Update 4, eBay Third Party Reporting Case Study), I had used the eBay third party reporting systems (see eBay & Third Party Reporting (Fraud, Violations of Policy) to alert eBay to problematic listings while testing the effectiveness of sharing material information directly with eBay through their public systems in an effort to help them to enforce their own policies.  This article serves as an update and conclusion, marked by the occasion of kellysheroesmilitaria relisting one of the primary auctions reported to eBay. Read more

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