The Prop Store is one of the world’s leading vendors of original props and collectible memorabilia. If you happen to be a fan of the “Star Wars” movie franchise, or even just a general movie buff at large, last September 23, 2016 was a date where a global auction showcasing 450 of the film industry’s most iconic movie props was undertaken.
Among the items up for bid were props from over 150 films and television shows, including “Star Trek,” “James Bond,” “Doctor Who,” and “Back to the Future.”
The curation process for The Prop Store is handled by skilled teams in both London and Los Angeles. Their work involves tracking down items from all-time favorite films of the franchise, based upon current trends of the marketplace.
Stephen Lane, CEO of The Prop Store is quick to point out that the iconic film Star Wars, which was produced in 1977 may bring in more interest than usual.
Much of this is due to the excitement surrounding the sci-fi franchise’s 7th installment, “Stars Wars: The Force Awakens.” That particular film literally picked up where the original had left off after cementing into the public consciousness the subtext of the film. “It’s a way to revisit a pleasant childhood experience. In fact, this is what influences the purchasing of collectors’ items more than anything else”, said Lane.
Examples include the P99 Silencer pistol from “James Bond: Tomorrow Never Dies” – a personal favorite of Lane. In addition, bidders can expect to view a Storm trooper Helmet from “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” and a Fizz gig puppet from “The Dark Crystal” which has never been seen on the market until now.
The collection of film memorabilia was valued at an estimated $1.57 million and took place at the BFI IMAX in London. What will 2017 bring? That is the question.