Revisiting TV Prop Studio Sanctioned Auctions: Descriptions, Research, Production Made, Multiples, Back-Ups, “Use” on Screen (ScreenBid/Breaking Bad, Profiles in History/LOST, Christie’s/Star Trek)

October 17, 2013 by · 1 Comment 


An issue that seems to come up with every official studio auction of original props and costumes from popular television shows is that of buyers feeling mislead by descriptions of auction houses, particularly use.  We saw this with Christie’s and their official “40 years of Star Trek” auction, with Profiles in History and their sale of material from ABC’s LOST, and based on a reader comment today on my article about newcomer ScreenBid and their Breaking Bad auction, it would seem that the same issue is in play with this latest sale as well.  Since people likely don’t check my articles for comments after reading it, I thought it might be worthwhile and productive to highlight that comment and my response in a new article, as it is an issue that seems to occur with each of these official studio sales, particularly because it brings in participants who have not participated in such sales before, and perhaps have not purchased or collected original props, costumes, and other artifacts from film and television. Read more

‘LOST’ Items Not “Lost”; New ‘The Prop Blog’ and Unnamed Source Get Facts Wrong About Upcoming Auction According To Profiles in History

May 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Yesterday, “The Prop Blog” (see New Website “The Prop Blog”…) published an article citing “a source that has chosen to remain anonymous” reporting that “Profiles in History plans to auction off only what they have determined to be the top 1,000 pieces” in their upcoming LOST auction.  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

Profiles in History Feature in Latest Issue of ‘LOST: The Official Magazine’

December 12, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 


The latest issue of ‘LOST: The Official Magazine’ (Jan/Feb ’10) includes a “preview” feature on Profiles in History and their auction of assets from the TV show, slated for mid next year following the close of Season Six.  Read more

Profiles in History Offers Online “Preview” Catalog of Props in Next Year’s LOST Auction

September 18, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 


As announced earlier this week, as part of my coverage of next month’s auction (see Video Interview: Joe Maddalena and Profiles in History “Hollywood Auction 37″, Disney/ABC’s “LOST” Auction Update), Profiles in History today published a special preview catalog of LOST items to be offered in their event in June 2010. Read more

Video Interview: Joe Maddalena and Profiles in History “Hollywood Auction 37″, Disney/ABC’s “LOST” Auction Update

September 16, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 


I spent part of the day yesterday at Profiles in History with President & CEO Joe Maddalena, who gave a personal tour and preview of some of the items offered for sale in their upcoming “Hollywood Auction 37″ event, to be held at Calabasas Hills, California on October 8th & 9th. Read more

“LOST” Images from Disney’s D23 Expo, Exhibit by Profiles in History Promoting May 2010 Auction

September 14, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 


As reported back in June (see “D23 Expo” at Anaheim Convention Center in September 2009 to Feature “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives”), Disney held a fan expo this past weekend.  Included among the exhibits was one from Profiles in History which promoted the upcoming final season of LOST as well as their subsequent auction of original props, costumes, and other assets from the hit television series. Read more

ABC Interview with Profiles in History About LOST Auction

August 5, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 


The official ABC website has an interview with Profiles in History’s Joe Maddalena about next year’s LOST auction of original props, costumes, and other studio assets.  As with the Original Prop Blog interview, this was shot during Comic Con. Read more

San Diego Comic Con 2009: Event Recap, Impressions, Experiences, Perspectives

July 31, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 


As with last year’s event, I thought I’d share my own personal impressions and experiences about Comic-Con International 2009 in San Diego, to close out my series of articles and features on the event (see San Diego Comic Con 2009).  Read more

San Diego Comic Con 2009: Video Interview with Joe Maddalena, Profiles in History (ABC’s “LOST” Auction)

July 27, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 


I spent some time at the Profiles in History exhibit at San Diego Comic Con, and was especially interested to learn more details about the recently announced LOST auction, an event planned to coincide with the conclusion of the popular series in May 2010.   The following video interview with Joe Maddalena, President of Profiles in History, offers some great information about the LOST auction, the overall auction schedule of the company over the next year, and other items of interest to hobbyists. Read more

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