Want to wield Thor’s hammer from the 2011 film of the same name? Or how about the samurai sword forged by Hattori Hanzo from the bride of Kill Bill: Volume 1? From Tuesday to Friday, it’ll only cost you a few high society stacks for the most part (that’s $10,000 in Rounders-talk. Unfortunately, none of Mike McDermott’s or the Worm’s equipment will be present).
Opening in a few days, LA-based British auction house Propstore will host one of the largest Hollywood memorabilia auctions to take place in the City of Angels – from Tuesday June 21 to Friday June 24. The auction will include over 1,800 unique and original items from many of Hollywood’s most profitable and culturally famous films and franchises, including pulp Fiction (1994), Back to the future (1985), Thor (2011), Edward Scissorhands (1990), and many others.
One of Propstore’s most anticipated pieces is a never-before-auctioned X-wing Starfighter ILM ‘Red Leader’ model miniature that matches the display of Star Wars: A New Hope (1977). What does the description “matching the screen” mean?
By definition, any cinematic artifact is a screen-ready product if it can be categorically connected to the same object on screen. Collectors and sellers match movie elements by matching the markings on the coin with those on the screen. Distinct marks, damage, paint, fabric patterns, costume stains and more help identify the piece. Screen matching establishes irrefutable proof that a part is genuine and has been used on screen – the ultimate attribution. There is something special about a prop or costume used in production and the price usually reflects that.
The estimated price of the screen-matching Starfighter? $500,000 to $1 million.
(This is opposed to “used screen”, which cannot be used authentically on screen for a number of reasons, one of which is older, lower quality films.)
Additional iconic accessories include Jules Winnfield’s (Samuel L. Jackson) Bad Mother F****R Wallet from pulp Fiction (1994), estimated to sell between $30,000 and $50,000, and the bloody Hattori Hanzo sword from The Bride (Uma Thurman) Excerpt from Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003), should bring its seller between $20,000 and $30,000.
For those inspired by the old school, a full-size, light-up Delorean time machine replica used for official Universal Studios promotional events from Back to the future the trilogy (1985-1990) is estimated between 150,000 and 200,000 dollars. There’s also a Gizmo animatronic puppet display from Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1989) worth $80,000 to $120,000.
For the next generation, Marvel Studios’ Thor (Chris Hemsworth) stunt hammer Mjolnir Thor (2011) should range from $100,000 to $150,000.
In addition to movie and TV collectibles, Propstore’s auction also includes over 200 comic book and comic book artwork lots on Friday, June 24. This includes a rare original cover from a French edition of Batman: The Killing Joke by Brian Bolland, worth $80,000 to $120,000 and a copy of The Incredible Hulk #181featuring Wolverine’s first appearance ($8,000-$12,000).
Registration for the Propstore’s huge Hollywood and Collectible Auctions is open now.