Sep 20 : The 2018 Prop Store Auction

September 6th + 20th 2018.

Unlike last year, where I was basically dragged against my will to the 2017 Prop Store Auction at BFI Imax, this year I was already on-site to check out just a fraction of the 'Kool Warez' on the second day they went on display. Here's a sample OF the sample, along with starting prices to be replaced by final prices (excl. auction fees).

If you’ve got the cash and the inclination, here’s the website that’s hosting the auction….. but for me, here's how stuff I can't afford went down:

(note : all prices exclude auction fees)

 Sure, my hypothetical bank account and I also have our eyes on the Colonial Marines Flamethrower further below ... I think this is the coolest cabinet in the exhibit. (Excitingly, one of the free promo postcards they hand out features the hoverboard. So at least I've got that....) Hoverboard winning bid : £30,000 License plate winning bid: £19,000 (fire-singed!) wind-up cadillac winning bid : £16,000

Sure, my hypothetical bank account and I also have our eyes on the Colonial Marines Flamethrower further below ... I think this is the coolest cabinet in the exhibit. (Excitingly, one of the free promo postcards they hand out features the hoverboard. So at least I've got that....)
Hoverboard winning bid : £30,000
License plate winning bid: £19,000
(fire-singed!) wind-up cadillac winning bid : £16,000

  "At least with crazy people you know where you stand...."  Batman Returns Catwoman Makeup Test Bust - winning bid: £3,250

"At least with crazy people you know where you stand...."
Batman Returns Catwoman Makeup Test Bust - winning bid: £3,250

  "There's a power-laces version of these, but they deleted that scene"  Catwoman's boots from Batman Returns. Winning bid £5,500

"There's a power-laces version of these, but they deleted that scene"
Catwoman's boots from Batman Returns. Winning bid £5,500

 Honestly, I'm not sure if the autographed photo is included with the Indy fedora (or if even the hat stand is), but with a Starting bid of £100,000 I think it's important to ask these questions. (Winning bid : £325,000)  I've since learned that the photo is being sold separately. Starting bid: £100, bidding at £600 four days later… winning bid £900

Honestly, I'm not sure if the autographed photo is included with the Indy fedora (or if even the hat stand is), but with a Starting bid of £100,000 I think it's important to ask these questions. (Winning bid : £325,000)

I've since learned that the photo is being sold separately. Starting bid: £100, bidding at £600 four days later… winning bid £900

  “Once I own the clapperboard, I’m allowed to write “Director : Steven Spielberg” on it, right?”  Temple of Doom bullwhip. Winning bid £45,000 Temple of Doom 2nd unit clapperboard. Starting bid: £3,000 (but unsold)

“Once I own the clapperboard, I’m allowed to write “Director : Steven Spielberg” on it, right?”
Temple of Doom bullwhip. Winning bid £45,000
Temple of Doom 2nd unit clapperboard. Starting bid: £3,000 (but unsold)

  "A lot of work went into making it look old. If it was in better condition it would be cheaper I’m sure..."  Goonies Medallion. Winning bid: £25,000

"A lot of work went into making it look old. If it was in better condition it would be cheaper I’m sure..."
Goonies Medallion. Winning bid: £25,000

  "Here's my card. Got some Australian guy to autograph it"  Heath Ledger Autographed Joker Card. Winning bid: £10,000

"Here's my card. Got some Australian guy to autograph it"
Heath Ledger Autographed Joker Card. Winning bid: £10,000

 Not pictured, but included with the dog tags: Wolverine's sideburns (not kidding!) Winning bid: £5,000

Not pictured, but included with the dog tags: Wolverine's sideburns (not kidding!)
Winning bid: £5,000

  "Flossing. It's important, no matter what the species..."  Xenomorph Head from ALIENS (1986). Starting bid: £10,000…. eventual sale price : UNSOLD.

"Flossing. It's important, no matter what the species..."
Xenomorph Head from ALIENS (1986). Starting bid: £10,000…. eventual sale price : UNSOLD.

   "Game Over, man. GAME OVER!!!"   Hudson is cool, but the dog tags you’d really want are NEWT'S ( "Why don't you put HER in charge??" ) Private Hudson's dog tags from ALIENS. Winning bid: £14,000 (!!)

"Game Over, man. GAME OVER!!!" Hudson is cool, but the dog tags you’d really want are NEWT'S ("Why don't you put HER in charge??")
Private Hudson's dog tags from ALIENS. Winning bid: £14,000 (!!)

   "The Adventures of Luke Starkiller as taken from the "Journal of the Whills" - saga 1)"  - fourth draft by George Lucas. Autographed. By many people. Winning bid: £10,000


"The Adventures of Luke Starkiller as taken from the "Journal of the Whills" - saga 1)" - fourth draft by George Lucas. Autographed. By many people. Winning bid: £10,000

  "I'm just a piece of clothing.... but you're making me feel uncomfortable."  - Inanimate object don't have feelings, but fine. I'll go and photograph Jean-Luc Picard's Starfleet uniform... Seven of Nine Starfleet uniform from Voyager. Winning bid: £7,500.

"I'm just a piece of clothing.... but you're making me feel uncomfortable." - Inanimate object don't have feelings, but fine. I'll go and photograph Jean-Luc Picard's Starfleet uniform...
Seven of Nine Starfleet uniform from Voyager. Winning bid: £7,500.

  "High pitched wind-chime theme sold separately"  Number Six's Red Dress from Battlestar Galactica (2003). Winning bid £6,000

"High pitched wind-chime theme sold separately"
Number Six's Red Dress from Battlestar Galactica (2003). Winning bid £6,000

  "I’m more portable than the Edward Scissorhands costume, but fundamentally the same. AND cheaper. Think about THAT"  Freddy vs Jason Razor Glove starting bid: £7,500 (but good news : the similar-looking test-fitting glove has a starting bid of just £2,000) (winning bids £19,000 and £9,000 respectively)

"I’m more portable than the Edward Scissorhands costume, but fundamentally the same. AND cheaper. Think about THAT"
Freddy vs Jason Razor Glove starting bid: £7,500 (but good news : the similar-looking test-fitting glove has a starting bid of just £2,000) (winning bids £19,000 and £9,000 respectively)

  "It's from the early 1990s so it doesn't have an Iron Man heads-up display inside, sadly..."  Rocketeer helmet. Winning bid: £22,500

"It's from the early 1990s so it doesn't have an Iron Man heads-up display inside, sadly..."
Rocketeer helmet. Winning bid: £22,500

  "Wait for the sequel. The cartridge is smaller and lighter"  Apparently they made four of these, and the winning bid for this one was £37,500!

"Wait for the sequel. The cartridge is smaller and lighter"
Apparently they made four of these, and the winning bid for this one was £37,500!

  "No.. the dilophosaurus venom is on the other jeep’s number plate"  Muldoon's jeep wrangler number plate from Jurassic Park. Winning bid £9,000

"No.. the dilophosaurus venom is on the other jeep’s number plate"
Muldoon's jeep wrangler number plate from Jurassic Park.
Winning bid £9,000

 Wonka Bar. Starting bid: £5,000.  Inedible. W inning bid £8,000

Wonka Bar. Starting bid: £5,000. Inedible.
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inning bid £8,000

  Not pictured but included: metal arms for gripping onto the backs of cars (useful!).  T-1000 shirt from Terminator2 : Judgement Day. Winning bid: £14,000

Not pictured but included: metal arms for gripping onto the backs of cars (useful!).
T-1000 shirt from Terminator2 : Judgement Day. Winning bid: £14,000

  "I'm from Transformers Revenge of the Fallen.... or perhaps you'd prefer to remember me from a different movie? Even if it's one that I wasn't in?"  Decepticon 'Alice' from Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. Winning bid: £11,000. Medical therapy to suppress memories of that movie : £ Higher.

"I'm from Transformers Revenge of the Fallen.... or perhaps you'd prefer to remember me from a different movie? Even if it's one that I wasn't in?"
Decepticon 'Alice' from Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. Winning bid: £11,000. Medical therapy to suppress memories of that movie : £ Higher.

  "You don't want to look inside. Buy it if you must, but I looked inside earlier, and I'm telling you : you don't want to look inside"  Pulp Fiction Big Kahuna Burger Bag. (Winning bid £2,000)

"You don't want to look inside. Buy it if you must, but I looked inside earlier, and I'm telling you : you don't want to look inside"
Pulp Fiction Big Kahuna Burger Bag. (Winning bid £2,000)

  "It was probably worth more before they made Solo : A Star Wars story, huh? Better hope they don't make more, huh?"  Han Solo's jacket from The Empire Strikes Back (apparently there's at least one more, used more on screen, but not in as good condition). Starting bid: £250,000. ….I probably should have asked you to sit down before letting you read that. (good news : it’s UNSOLD)

"It was probably worth more before they made Solo : A Star Wars story, huh? Better hope they don't make more, huh?" Han Solo's jacket from The Empire Strikes Back (apparently there's at least one more, used more on screen, but not in as good condition). Starting bid: £250,000.
….I probably should have asked you to sit down before letting you read that.
(good news : it’s UNSOLD)

  "She called me a BITCH and she didn't even apologise..."   Aliens vs Predator Queen Puppet. Starting bid: £10,000….. winning bid: £30,000

"She called me a BITCH and she didn't even apologise..."
Aliens vs Predator Queen Puppet. Starting bid: £10,000….. winning bid: £30,000

  "I am a robot, and therefore any smile of smug satisfaction you see coming from me is on you, not me."  T800 Endoskeleton from Terminator 2. Winning bid £200,000 Christopher Reeve's Superman II costume. Winning bid £130,000

"I am a robot, and therefore any smile of smug satisfaction you see coming from me is on you, not me."
T800 Endoskeleton from Terminator 2. Winning bid £200,000
Christopher Reeve's Superman II costume. Winning bid £130,000

  "You wanna see my train ticket?"  Edward Scissorhands costume - winning bid £65,000

"You wanna see my train ticket?"
Edward Scissorhands costume - winning bid £65,000

  "Remember that Star Wars movie where everyone died and that's why it wasn't important that you really got to know or remember or like them? Well... .we hope you remember and got to like them!"  Jinn Erso's costume from the PROMO tour of Rogue One. Winning bid £19,000

"Remember that Star Wars movie where everyone died and that's why it wasn't important that you really got to know or remember or like them? Well... .we hope you remember and got to like them!"
Jinn Erso's costume from the PROMO tour of Rogue One. Winning bid £19,000

  "I'm actually wearing a coquettish expression underneath this mask. I guess you could say it's one of the drawbacks of the mask.... but there are advantages"  Jason X stunt mask : Winning bid: £6,000

"I'm actually wearing a coquettish expression underneath this mask. I guess you could say it's one of the drawbacks of the mask.... but there are advantages"
Jason X stunt mask : Winning bid: £6,000

  “But… if Johnny 5 is Alive, how is this auction even legal??”  Johnny 5's eyes from Short Circuit. Winning bid: £2,000 Johnny 5 miniature from Short Circuit 2. Winning bid: £15,000

“But… if Johnny 5 is Alive, how is this auction even legal??”
Johnny 5's eyes from Short Circuit. Winning bid: £2,000
Johnny 5 miniature from Short Circuit 2. Winning bid: £15,000

  "Somebody saw a cockroach on the third floor. We figure it's safer just to burn down the whole city block"  ALIENS Colonial Marines flamethrower. Starting bid: £10,000 (unsold)

"Somebody saw a cockroach on the third floor. We figure it's safer just to burn down the whole city block"
ALIENS Colonial Marines flamethrower. Starting bid: £10,000 (unsold)

  “Hold still… as long as you’ve already suffered extensive nerve damage you won’t feel a thing”  Will Smith's Noisy Cricket gun from Men In Black. Winning bid : £13,000 !

“Hold still… as long as you’ve already suffered extensive nerve damage you won’t feel a thing”
Will Smith's Noisy Cricket gun from Men In Black. Winning bid : £13,000 !

So.... that's a whole bunch of stuff I can't afford. But ..... if you're the person in the future who bought the Back to the Future part II hoverboard, and is/are/were dreading the inevitable argument with your significant other over how much you spent on it, just call me and I'll be happy to take it off your hands!

Because that's the kind of person I am.

Thursday, 21st September - the auction itself!

The lots proceed alphabetically, and I was there from “Little Shop Of Horrors” to “Stargate” (which is just after ‘Star Wars’)

Highlights:

  “It’s the swimsuit Jennifer Lawrence’s character was wearing in the movie “Passengers”… though your brain probably filtered that as “Jennifer Lawrence’s Swimsuit”, am I right? Well, you guys are pervs. Pervs with money…. so let’s proceed”  - winning bid : £2,091

“It’s the swimsuit Jennifer Lawrence’s character was wearing in the movie “Passengers”… though your brain probably filtered that as “Jennifer Lawrence’s Swimsuit”, am I right? Well, you guys are pervs. Pervs with money…. so let’s proceed” - winning bid : £2,091

  “It’s the hand that reaches out of the TV in the movie ‘Poltergeist’. Or so I’m told, since I was hiding behind my sofa when that part happened”  - winning bid : £1,900

“It’s the hand that reaches out of the TV in the movie ‘Poltergeist’. Or so I’m told, since I was hiding behind my sofa when that part happened” - winning bid : £1,900

  “Good news for the lady who seems to be using this theatre to breastfeed her infant right now…. check out this next lot!!”  - Winning bid for the nappies from ‘Raising Arizona’ = (unsold) (note they were a styrofoam mould with a nappies covering attached to the outside)

“Good news for the lady who seems to be using this theatre to breastfeed her infant right now…. check out this next lot!!” - Winning bid for the nappies from ‘Raising Arizona’ = (unsold) (note they were a styrofoam mould with a nappies covering attached to the outside)

  “It’s Morgan Freeman’s harmonica from ‘Shawshank Redemption’… but I can’t guarantee somebody didn’t carelessly wipe off the spit when packing or unpacking it. So if you’re buying it for the DNA, bear that in mind. Also… who bought J-Lawz’ swimsuit, again?”  - Winning Bid : £8,500

“It’s Morgan Freeman’s harmonica from ‘Shawshank Redemption’… but I can’t guarantee somebody didn’t carelessly wipe off the spit when packing or unpacking it. So if you’re buying it for the DNA, bear that in mind. Also… who bought J-Lawz’ swimsuit, again?” - Winning Bid : £8,500

…. and then the Star Wars part of the auction…

  “Yes, yes it’s from an iconic series. But also bear in mind : it’s essentially a tube, painted green. How much for a tube, painted green?”  - Winning bid: £1,400

“Yes, yes it’s from an iconic series. But also bear in mind : it’s essentially a tube, painted green. How much for a tube, painted green?” - Winning bid: £1,400

  “Uncle Palpy’s lightsaber. He uses is to slice down a couple of inept Jedi, doesn’t use it to kill Mace Windu, and doesn’t use it that much in a fight against a green muppet. How much for this priceless artifact?”  - winning bid for Palpatine’s Hero lightsaber : £70,000

“Uncle Palpy’s lightsaber. He uses is to slice down a couple of inept Jedi, doesn’t use it to kill Mace Windu, and doesn’t use it that much in a fight against a green muppet. How much for this priceless artifact?” - winning bid for Palpatine’s Hero lightsaber : £70,000

  “Angry emo kid’s magic stick which he uses to mass-murder children but hey his son apparently forgave him and that made him a good guy again. Who here hates children and has a weird view of murder laws? This one’s for you….”  - winning bid for Anakin’s “Hero” Lightsaber : £110,000 (but after fees that’s £135,000!)

“Angry emo kid’s magic stick which he uses to mass-murder children but hey his son apparently forgave him and that made him a good guy again. Who here hates children and has a weird view of murder laws? This one’s for you….” - winning bid for Anakin’s “Hero” Lightsaber : £110,000 (but after fees that’s £135,000!)

  “It’s listed as “C-3PO Rear Section Cast” but I’m calling “Threepio’s Ass Cheeks”. And yes, you read correctly : the description says “shows various creases and stains”. And no, I am not in a position to articulate further upon that”  - Winning bid : £1,500

“It’s listed as “C-3PO Rear Section Cast” but I’m calling “Threepio’s Ass Cheeks”. And yes, you read correctly : the description says “shows various creases and stains”. And no, I am not in a position to articulate further upon that” - Winning bid : £1,500

  “This is Star Wars wallpaper. Possibly stolen from some kid’s bedroom back in the late 1970s…. I really don’t know”  - winning bid : £150

“This is Star Wars wallpaper. Possibly stolen from some kid’s bedroom back in the late 1970s…. I really don’t know” - winning bid : £150

  “And the item you’ve all been waiting…. not to buy, but just to see how much it sells for : a jacket without buttons, clips, clasps, or zippers used in a movie sequel from the 1980s. It shouldn’t cost this much to look this good, but here we are….”  …. and it didn’t meet the reserve price (£500,000), falling short by 10%.

“And the item you’ve all been waiting…. not to buy, but just to see how much it sells for : a jacket without buttons, clips, clasps, or zippers used in a movie sequel from the 1980s. It shouldn’t cost this much to look this good, but here we are….”
…. and it didn’t meet the reserve price (£500,000), falling short by 10%.

  “….. so here’s a funny story. One day these guys from Lucasfilm came around and took a face cast of my mother-in-law…..”  Winning bid for Jabba’s Production Face Casting : £15,000

“….. so here’s a funny story. One day these guys from Lucasfilm came around and took a face cast of my mother-in-law…..” Winning bid for Jabba’s Production Face Casting : £15,000

So… that was that. Amusing, just like last year, and I came away no poorer afterwards than I did going in.

Sep 8 - Banksy 'Greatest Hits' 2002-2008, London

I only found out about this (free) exhibit about a week and a half before it closed, but I made certain to head down more than once to ensure I properly photographed it before the works went to people who could afford them.

I feel Banksy would approve?

 "Homeless De Milo"

"Homeless De Milo"

 I think this is called "Media At War" (?)

I think this is called "Media At War" (?)

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 Paris Hilton's album "re-designed" by Banksy. nb : I asked about the price : GBP7500.00 !!

Paris Hilton's album "re-designed" by Banksy. nb : I asked about the price : GBP7500.00 !!

 "Turf War"

"Turf War"

 "Guantanamo Bay" (2006)

"Guantanamo Bay" (2006)

 a version of "Happy Chopper"

a version of "Happy Chopper"

 "Trolley Hunters" (2007)

"Trolley Hunters" (2007)

 Sculpture, "Bronze Rat" (2006)

Sculpture, "Bronze Rat" (2006)

 "Barcode" and "Girl With Balloon"

"Barcode" and "Girl With Balloon"

 "War Elephant Carrying Missile" (2005)

"War Elephant Carrying Missile" (2005)

 "Kissing Policeman"

"Kissing Policeman"

 "Vettriano, Beach Rescue" (2005)

"Vettriano, Beach Rescue" (2005)

 "Chocolate Donuts" (2009) and "Festival (Destroy Capitalism)" (2006)

"Chocolate Donuts" (2009) and "Festival (Destroy Capitalism)" (2006)

 "Show Me the Monet" (2005)

"Show Me the Monet" (2005)

 "Soup Can" (2005) and "Monkey Queen" (2003)

"Soup Can" (2005) and "Monkey Queen" (2003)

 "Christ With Shopping Bags" and "Turf War"

"Christ With Shopping Bags" and "Turf War"

  "When A.I. takes all our jobs we'll be like chimps.... except they're in preserves and get fed. Who'll feed US, Frank? WHO'LL FEED US??"   "Laugh Now" (2003)

"When A.I. takes all our jobs we'll be like chimps.... except they're in preserves and get fed. Who'll feed US, Frank? WHO'LL FEED US??"

"Laugh Now" (2003)

So along with Banksy vs Bristol (back in 2009) and "Festival of the Brush" (back in 2008), I guess this makes it my third Banksy 'event'?