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Blacksparrow Auctions ‘Hollywood’s Leading Men & Women Auction′ Catalog Available Online for Sale Event April 12th at Hollywood Show

March 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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Blacksparrow Auctions will be holding their “Hollywood’s Leading Men & Women Auction” on April 12th at the Hollywood Show at the Westin LAX.  The auction event is described as including “original costumes, props, autographs and other memorabilia from some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie, Jim Carrey, Will Smith, Channing Tatum, Gary Oldman, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey, Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Russell Crowe, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Sean Penn, Hugh Jackman, James Gandolfini, Emily Blunt and many more.” Read more

The Original Prop Blog 2013 Year in Review: News, Developments, and Trends in Collecting Original TV & Movie Props, Costumes and Pop Culture Memorabilia

January 4, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

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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), 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 2013. 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

Blacksparrow Auctions Publishes Online Catalog for their “Hunger Games Costume Auction” on November 16th

October 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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Blacksparrow Auctions has today put out their auction catalog for the Hunger Games Costume Auction, to be held on Los Angeles on November 16th.  Hardcopy catalogs are available to order on the official site, though you can also view the catalog online with bidding partner LiveAuctioneers.  The sale boasts 200 costumes from the popular 2012 film. Read more

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 

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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

James Bond Lotus Esprit Movie Prop Car Submarine from “The Spy Who Loved Me” Sells for Nearly $1M in RM Auctions Sale

September 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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One of the more interesting lots in the RM Auctions sale in London this week – the highly customized Lotus Esprit that was converted into a submarine in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) – hammered for £550,000, which translates to about $968,000 with fees.  While it did not meet pre-sale estimate expectations that were set at £650,000-£950,000, it is a significant sale none the less, and certainly improves upon the price paid by the buyer who purchased the contents of a New York storage container for a mere $100 about 24 years ago. Read more

The Original Prop Blog 2012 Year in Review: News, Developments, and Trends in Collecting Original TV & Movie Props, Costumes and Pop Culture Memorabilia

January 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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As per tradition, (see 2007 Year in Review, 2008 Year in Review, 2009 Year in Review, 2010 Year in Review, 2011 Year in Review), what follows is an editorial featuring my personal observations and opinions with regards to the business of buying, collecting, selling, preserving original pop culture artifacts – looking back at the top trends, developments, and news stories of 2012. 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

The Original Prop Blog 2011 Year in Review: News, Developments, and Trends in Collecting Original TV & Movie Props, Costumes and Pop Culture Memorabilia

January 8, 2012 by · 5 Comments 

As was the case in previous years (see 2007 Year in Review, 2008 Year in Review, 2009 Year in Review, 2010 Year in Review), what follows is an editorial featuring my personal observations and opinions with regards to the business of buying, collecting, selling, preserving original pop culture artifacts – looking back at the top trends, developments, and news stories of 2011. 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

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

Prop Talk Podcast #016 – Mike Schultz, “The Shark Guy” | Interview by The Original Prop Blog with Jason DeBord

July 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Mike Schultz, special guest. This is the sixteenth ‘Prop Talk’ podcast by the Original Prop Blog. Mike Schultz, known as “The Shark Guy” has done extensive research into the “Bruce” prop sharks made for and used in the classic Steven Spielberg film, Jaws (1975). This special edition of ‘Prop Talk’ was recorded on site at Comic Con 2011 in San Diego.

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Prop Talk Podcast #015 – Dan Hill, Prop Store | Interview by The Original Prop Blog with Jason DeBord

July 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Dan Hill, special guest. This is the fifteenth ‘Prop Talk’ podcast by the Original Prop Blog. Dan Hill is Warehouse Manager for Prop Store, Los Angeles.  This special edition of ‘Prop Talk’ was recorded on site at Comic Con 2011 in San Diego and reflects the spirit of fellow hobbyists getting together and having fun at the annual pop culture event.

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