Friday, November 30, 2012
Christistie’s had a prop sale this past Thursday, 29 November 2012 that would make a prop collector pass out.
I have always loved movie props and couldn’t afford to get into the action when Forrest Ackerman’s magnificent collection of classic movie props were auctioned off a few years back. Up until now, I had thought that sale was the ultimate “cat’s meow” of collecting, until now.
In the Christie’s auction catalogue of Pop Culture on pages 68 and 69 were several movie props that were calculated to make movie fans and prop collectors pass out with envy. They had on auction Indiana Jones’ whip from Raiders of the Lost Ark! If that wasn’t enough, they also had items from The Last Crusade such as the grail diary and the holy grail. These are some of the most beloved Indy props around. About the only few things they didn’t have was Indy’s hat, jacket, and map case. As for me, I am waiting for the Raider’s prop of the ark of the covenant to show up at auction.
The prices realized were $32,000 for the whip $30,000 grail diary prop $19,000 for the holy grail prop. I follow prop making sites and prop collecting sites such as Propnomicon and even seen a few well made grail diaries and the like but to own the original screen used prop … priceless.