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

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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 … [Read more...]

‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ Fertility Idols In The Marketplace Update 2013

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With their latest "Entertainment Memorabilia" sale event in Knightsbridge on July 3rd, Bonhams is offering for public sale a second fertility idol attributed to use in Raiders of the Lost Ark with paperwork from industry veteran Kit West.  Due to public interest in discussing iconic props from the Indiana Jones films, and confusion in the marketplace with regards to the … [Read more...]

NOTICE: Original Prop Blog Does Not/Will Not Supply Props to Dealers “jnsmcmahan”, “jsnent”, John Tarter, Billie Null, Mark Sullivan, L.A. Prop & Wardrobe, Hollywood Prop Supply, Studio West Prop, Ellis Props, et al

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I am in receipt of a phone call today from a gentleman from Missouri, calling me claiming that he was told by an eBay dealer that the "vintage Listerine bottle from The Waltons" that he purchased was sold by the Original Prop Blog to the eBay dealer.  A simple search brought up such a listing on eBay - VINTAGE LISTERINE BOTTLE FROM TV'S THE WALTONS+ - sold five days ago by eBay … [Read more...]

Southern California’s NBC-4 “I-Team” Investigation into Julien’s Auctions Michael Jackson Autographs from Costume Designer Michael Bush

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NBC-4 in Southern California have broadcast a report on their news program and published an accompanying story on their official site looking into claims made by third parties that items offered for sale by Julien's Auctions, sourced from Michael Jackson's costume designer Michael Bush, feature Michael Jackson autographs that are not authentic.  … [Read more...]

Profiles in History: Multiple Topic Housekeeping on “Peer Review”, Auction House Reserves, and Online Discussion Forums

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This article is intended to serve as some general housekeeping on recent topics related to Profiles in History and their auction events held late last month.  As public debate and discussion spanned several websites, including this one, I thought I would make a note of where topics stand with regard to a variety of topics.  I've also received a number of private inquiries from … [Read more...]

Profiles in History “Peer Review” on George Reeves Superman Cape; More on 12/29/75 Western Costume Letters

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As noted in recent articles (see Profiles in History Pledges More Transparency; Open Q&A On Website Regarding Provenance, Authenticity, Other Questions and Profiles in History Pledges More Transparency: Update & Response to “What We Are Currently Working On”), Profiles in History's General Manager, Fong Sam, has written about embracing what they call "the concept of … [Read more...]

Profiles in History Pledges More Transparency: Update & Response to “What We Are Currently Working On”

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As a follow-up to the public dialogue last month between myself and Fong Sam, the General Manager for Profiles in History (see "Profiles in History Pledges More Transparency; Open Q&A On Website Regarding Provenance, Authenticity, Other Questions"), Fong has published a new response today on his Haxbee.com site (see "What We Are Currently Working On").  Though this was … [Read more...]

Profiles in History Pledges More Transparency; Open Q&A On Website Regarding Provenance, Authenticity, Other Questions

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Fong Sam, General Manager at auction house Profiles in History, yesterday published an interesting article on his haxbee.com website about "the concept of auctions as peer review", in response to a question at a panel at C2E2 (where they held their Captain America auction) about "verifying provenance".  While Fong's article covered a number of different topics, and referenced … [Read more...]