In an event that harmoniously marries cinema and nostalgia, over 1,800 items of cherished film and television memorabilia are poised to take center stage in a remarkable auction set to unfold in November. Envision the famed light-up headpiece worn by actor Anthony Daniels as C-3PO in “Star Wars: A New Hope,” or Leonardo DiCaprio’s ensemble from the tragic romance, “Titanic.” These illustrious items, and more, will traverse the limelight once again in a meticulously curated sale that is projected to garner around $14.6 million.
Hosted by Propstore, a notable entity in the realm of entertainment memorabilia auctioneering, this annual live auction, spanning from November 9-12, promises a spectacle where pieces of cinematic history will find new custodians. Among the star-studded array of offerings, Daniels’ iconic C-3PO headpiece captures the spotlight with a staggering estimate of $600,000 to $1.2 million. His participation in the auction extends beyond this iconic piece, offering an intimate peek into the “Star Wars” history with a complete archive from his tenure, including various props, body components, and original scripts annotated during the creation of the legendary film series.
Diving deeper into the cinematic reservoir, the auction beams with stellar costumes that have graced the silver screen, such as DiCaprio’s “Titanic” attire, valued between $130,000 and $260,000, Ursula Andress’s bathrobe from “Dr. No,” estimated to be worth $90,000 to $180,000, and Johnny Depp’s stunt costume from “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” fluttering between $65,000 and $130,000.
Propstore, no stranger to handling relics of cinematic past, offers more than costumes, presenting objects that once breathed life into beloved characters and stories. Imagine wielding Harrison Ford’s bullwhip from “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” estimated between $130,000 and $260,000, or contemplating the eerie chill emanating from Freddy Krueger’s metal glove armature from “Nightmare on Elm Street,” anticipated to attract bids in the range of $260,000 to $520,000. Tom Hanks’ sneakers from “Forrest Gump” and Stanley Kubrick’s hand-annotated shooting script for “The Shining” add to the diverse collection, providing bidders with an eclectic palette of cinematic treasures.
Propstore CEO, Stephen Lane, elucidated that the lots were meticulously acquired from a medley of sources including collectors, curators, archives, film studios, and production companies. His words mirror the growing demand for such pieces, which find homes across the globe, housed by ardent fans, collectors, and occasionally, within the tranquil space of museums and studio archives, preserving cinematic history for generations to come.
In the retrospective embrace of cinematic history, this auction unfurls a tapestry that intertwines iconic filmography with tangible relics of yesteryears. The culmination of cinema and nostalgia is not merely a transaction of objects; it is a passage of cinematic legacy and the stories tethered to them, ready to ignite the imaginations of new owners, while perpetuating the tales that have, over the years, become interwoven into the cultural fabric of societies across the globe.