Have you ever imagined what it would be like to hold the Golden Ticket from Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory or ride Marty McFly’s hoverboard from Back to the Future: Part II? Imagine no more! Vue Cinemas have teamed up with Prop Store to bring you a live auction of all sorts of film memorabilia on the 1st of October. Being held at Vue Westfield, London, the public have the chance to view these items two weeks before the auction takes place.
This is the biggest auction of its kind and it will feature over 300 original film props which are worth over £1 million. One of the best items in the lot, in my humble and geeky opinion, is the miniature model of the Batmobile from Batman Forever, estimated to go for £20,000 – £25,000.
The auction lot includes items to suit all price ranges including a film crew jacket from the set of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace which is estimated to go for around £80 and the most lucrative prop being auctioned is the aluminium chair, designed as a concept for Dune, created by the late H.R Giger and is expected to fetch up to £80,000.
Tim Richards, CEO of Vue Entertainment International 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!”
Stephen Lane, Prop Store Founder, 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 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.”
“The live auction will excite all those who view the treasures in the free exhibition at Vue Westfield and thrill those who participate in live auction itself. We are delighted to present an original movie prop and costume auction like no other.”
Items included in the Lot and value estimates
- Marty McFly’s (Michael J. Fox) Hoverboard – Back to the Future: Part II – £10 – 15K
- Captain Nemo’s Nautilus Car – The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – £40 – 60K
- Batmobile Model Miniature – Batman Forever – £20 – 25K
- The Terminator’s Leather Biker Costume – Terminator 2: Judgment Day – £18 – 22K
- Wonka’s Golden Ticket – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – £15 – 20K
- Scaramanga’s Short Sleeve Shirt – James Bond: The Man with the Golden Gun – £5 – 7K
The Prop Store Live Auction in partnership with Vue Cinemas will take place at Vue Westfield in London on Thursday 16th October. Auction items will be on display at a free exhibition at Vue Westfield, open to the public from Thursday 1st October until Thursday 16th October.