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Review of First Prop Store Live Auction and Profiles in History’s Hollywood Auction 65, 67, 68, The Expendables

October 23, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

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The past week has been a significant one for the original television and movie prop, wardrobe, and asset art market, with two of the biggest dealers in the business having their own live auction events.  This marked the first big live auction for Prop Store, which held it’s “Auction of Film & Television Artefacts” on the 16th, and Profiles in History had a multi-day event for their “Hollywood Auction 65″ and their Expendables Auction (“Hollywood Auction 67 & 68″ – yes, the naming/numbering is confusing… see prior article).  With over 2,600 lots offered for sale collectively, it provides an opportunity for some analysis of each sale on its own merits as well as comparing and contrasting the different companies and their approach with the marketplace. Read more

Profiles in History ‘The Expendables Auction” (+ More “Hollywood Auction 65″) Movie Prop Catalog Available Online for Sale Event October 20

September 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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Profiles in History’s catalog for “The Expendables Auction”, which follows their “Hollywood Auction 65″, is now available in print as well as online, via their official site. This sale is scheduled for 20th at their Calabasas Hills facility.  Interestingly, though it is “The Expendables Auction”, lots 1 – 165 are from Expendables 3, and 166 -252 are from other films.  The Catalog then transitions back into “Hollywood Auction 68″, with lots 253 – 440 from the Narnia franchise…  so 37% of “The Expendables Auction” is material related to The Expendables, though the name of the auction and cover of the catalog would lead one to believe it is entirely dedicated to The Expendables. Read more

Profiles in History ‘Hollywood Auction 65′ TV & Movie Prop Catalog Available Online for Sale Event October 17-20

September 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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Profiles in History’s latest auction catalog, “Hollywood Auction 65″, is now available in print as well as online, via their official site. This sale is scheduled for October 17th-20th at their Calabasas Hills facility.  While with their last big Hollywood Auction sale they seemed to change course on their reserves/estimates strategy on much of the catalog, and steered away from the hopeful jackpot estimates that have plagued their sales more and more in the past few years, that old philosophy is still somewhat present with this sale (see Gilligan’s Island costume with a $30,000-$50,000 estimate), though on balance, things seem to be more reasonable than not, relatively speaking.  But they continue to lead the industry with phonebook-sized catalogs, this one weighing in at 630 pages, with a mix of new material and material that has been up for auction in past sales (some many times). Read more

San Diego Comic-Con 2014: Profiles in History Exhibitor Booth (#SDCC)

July 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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This is part of my ongoing coverage of San Diego Comic-Con 2014.  As per tradition, Hollywood memorabilia auction house Profiles in History are exhibiting at their usual space, Booth #1605.  I’ve been attending Comic-Con since 1987, and have been covering it on the Original Prop Blog since 2008, and if I’m honest, I would say this is their most disappointing showing to date.  The entire back wall are costumes for the Expendables franchise (which, if you haven’t seen the film(s), isn’t too exciting).  With what little space is left, there is not too much to impress… and I think that this is maybe the second or third year running where the big promo is a signing from Sean Astin. Read more

Profiles in History ‘Hollywood Auction 62′ TV & Movie Prop Catalog Available Online for Sale Event December 21st

November 26, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

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Profiles in History’s Winter auction catalog, “Hollywood Auction 62″, is now available in print as well as online, via their official site. This sale is scheduled for December 21st at their Calabasas Hills facility.  Kudos to Profiles, as it seems that they generally have changed their reserves/estimates strategy on much of the catalog, and steered away from the hopeful jackpot estimates that have plagued their sales more and more in the past year or two.  It is another massive catalog, and though a good portion of it is familiar, there are some really interesting pieces in the Western Costume and Sound of Music sections in particular. Read more

Profiles in History ‘Hollywood Auction 56′, ‘Dreier Collection, Part 2′ Post Auction Reaction – Update on “Jackpot Reserves/Estimates Finally Out of Control?” (8 Months Later)

August 7, 2013 by · 7 Comments 

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Profiles in History had a tremendously heavy auction schedule at the end of July, holding no less than four auctions across five consecutive days (Property from the Estate of Milton H. Greene on 7/27, Hollywood Auction 56 on 7/28-7/29, The Dreier Collection Part 2 on 7/30, and their Animation Auction 58 on 7/31), though they also held their Rare Books and Manuscripts Auction 55 earlier in July, and had their huge San Diego Comic Con display in-between sale events.  These were their first big sales of 2013 (apart from the awkwardly titled, adjective-heavy The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector, Part 2).  The last of their traditional Hollywood Auction events was in December of last year and, as written at the time, it seemed to indicate a collision of escalating reserves/estimates and some push back from the marketplace on the same.  Taking a top down view of these latest sales, the same mixed bag would seem to now be a trend, rather than a one off occurrence. Read more

San Diego Comic Con 2013: Video Interview with Joe Maddalena, Profiles in History

July 21, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

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Joe Maddalena of Profiles in History took the time to talk about his company and upcoming auctions at Comic Con International: San Diego this weekend.  Below is the video interview… Read more

San Diego Comic Con 2013: Profiles in History Exhibitor Booth

July 19, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

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A long time exhibitor at Comic Con International: San Diego, the original props and costumes from film and television on display with Profiles in History this year are pieces on the auction block for their sales happening this month – Hollywood Auction 56 and The Dreier Collection, Part 2. Read more

Profiles in History ‘The Dreier Collection, Part 2′ TV & Movie Prop Catalog Available Online for Sale Event July 30th

July 14, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

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Profiles in History’s ‘Dreier Collection, Part 2′ auction catalog is now available in print as well as online, via their official site. This auction is scheduled for July 30th at their Calabasas Hills facility.  The ‘Dreier Collection, Part 1′, was held around the same time last year. Read more

Profiles in History ‘Hollywood Auction 56′ TV & Movie Prop Catalog Available Online for Sale Event July 28-29

June 28, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

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Profiles in History’s Summer auction catalog, “Hollywood Auction 56″ is now available in print as well as online, via their official site. This sale is scheduled for July 28th & 29th at their Calabasas Hills facility. Read more

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