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Prop Store and Vue Entertainment are joining forces to flog over 375 original props and costumes from the small and silver screens. The collection of memorabilia will go under the hammer in October at Vue’s Westfield cinema in London. In the run-up to the sale, the most iconic pieces will feature in their own two-week exhibition at Vue Westfield from 1-16 October – which will be free to all.
The range of items included in the collection include a film crew jacket from the set of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace – which is estimated to go for £80. On the other end of the price scale is the aluminium Harkonnen Capo Chair designed by the late H.R. Giger as a concept for David Lynch’s science fiction epic Dune – a cult item expected to fetch up to £80,000.
Other items include Marty McFly’s (Michael J. Fox) Hoverboard from Back to the Future: Part II (estimated value: £10–15,000); a Batmobile Model Miniature from Batman Forever (estimated value: £20–25,000); Arnold Schwarzenegger’s leather biker costume from Terminator 2: Judgment Day (estimated value: £18–22,000); Captain Nemo’s Nautilus Car from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (estimated value: £40–60,000); a golden ticket from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (estimated value: £15–20,000); and Scaramanga’s short sleeve shirt from James Bond: The Man with the Golden Gun (estimated value: £5–7,000).
Of the collection, my personal favourite is the M41-A Pulse Rifle used in Aliens and Alien 3 (if you’ve seen me doing my Alien 3 drag performance, you’ll know I love those films).
Other great items include an elven shield from The Lord of the Rings, a Deadite puppet from Army of Darkness and a Hellraiser Lament Configuration cube.
The Prop Store’s Founder, Stephen Lane, said: ‘After 16 years in the film industry selling movie props and costumes to collectors around the world, we’re incredibly proud to announce our first ever live auction. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Britain’s leading cinema chain, Vue, and we are overjoyed with the stunning venue they are providing for the event. We’ve been working on this for many months and we plan to make it an event like nothing else before.’
He continued: ‘The live auction will excite all those who view the treasures in the free exhibition at Vue Westfield and enthrall those who participate in live auction itself. We are thrilled to present an original movie prop and costume auction like no other.’
CEO of Vue Entertainment International Tim Richards said: ‘We’re delighted to be hosting this amazing collection of film memorabilia – one of the biggest of its kind, at Vue Westfield. From serious collectors and keen investors to film fanatics and movie buffs, we are expecting a high level of interest from a whole host of people eager to grab a slice of real film history.
‘It’s the first time an auction on this scale has been held in a cinema, so it should make for an entertaining evening, while the exhibition will ensure that everyone who wants to get an intimate look at some of these amazing and iconic props can do so absolutely free!’
The Prop Store Live Auction in partnership with Vue Cinemas will take place at Vue Westfield in London on Thursday 16 October.