Some of Hollywood’s most famous props are going up for auction next month. Propstore, the company that owns iconic props like Thor’s hammer, Kill Bill’s sword and Star Wars X-Wing’s spacecraft model estimates that the sale of these famous items will raise more than R145 million.
Propstore Chief Operations Officer Brandon Alinger told Reuters that the more than 1 800 items being offered at the 21 to 24 June auction are from some of Hollywood’ most much-loved movies.
“There’s a huge amount of scope here. There are over 600 different film and television titles that are represented. Beyond the core props and costumes (we have) collectable toys, comic books, comic artwork, film production materials, meaning things like concept artwork, storyboard, crew jackets, a huge amount of collectables.”
The most expensive item to go under the hammer is the Red Leader X-Wing model from Star Wars: A New Hope. It’s estimated the items will sell for anything between R8 million and R16 million.
Other items include Thor’s hammer from the original Thor movie with an estimate of R1.6 million to R2.4 million, a six-foot model of a jet used in the original Top Gun which could go for between R480 000 and R800 000, as well as an insert hand prop worn by Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands that could go for between R480 000 and R800 000.
Hollywood’s current gossip has made items from its past popular among enthusiasts. With Will Smith and Johnny Depp being in the news lately, Allinger said that it has created more interest.
“I do think that will bring about special attention in part just because it causes people to revisit their work and revisit their titles.”
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