Friday, September 8, 2017

Top picks from Prop Store's 2017 costume, prop and memorabilia Live Auction...

On September 26, 2017 it's your chance to once again get your hands on 600 lots of amazing costumes, props and memorabilia from some of 200 of your favourite films and TV shows courtesy of Prop Store and their latest Live Auction. This time around you can bid for spectacular costumes, props and production materials from movie franchises like Batman, Star Wars, James Bond, Indiana Jones, Iron Man, Thor, Terminator, Gremlins, Star Trek, The Martian, Back to the Future and many more besides. Here's just a few hot picks that caught my magpie eye for purely personal reasons.

Buddy costume worn by Will Ferrell in Elf
Will Ferrell Buddy Elf movie costume
Buddy Elf movie costume
Buddy Elf movie costume back
First up is Will Ferrell's 'Buddy' costume from one of my all-time favourite feel-good films, Elf.

Laura Jean Shannon was Costume Designer on Jon Favreau's 2003 comedy in which a human baby grows up with Santa Claus and his workshop elves in the North Pole, then sets off to New York City to find his birth father when he grows up.

Buddy's green antron fleece is trimmed with white fur collar and cuffs, with a green and gold flower filigree pattern and completed with his signature yellow tights. This authentic Elf costume which is in excellent shape is expected to fetch anywhere from £8,000-£10,000.

Magneto costume and helmet
worn by Ian McKellen in X-Men
Ian McKellen X-Men Magneto movie costume
Ian McKellen X-Men Magneto helmet
Magneto X-Men movie costume back
Next up is Sir Ian McKellen's 'Magneto' costume from Bryan Singer's 2000 X-Men movie, designed by Louise Mingenbach.

This streamlined look for the leader of the 'Brotherhood of Evil Mutants', combined with McKellen's and Patrick Stewart's stellar performances as frenemies 'Magneto' and 'Professor Xavier' really added some gravitas to the comic book adaptation that started a new generation of superhero movies.

If you like this villainous look, make sure you check out Michael Fassbender's younger Magneto costume from X-Men: Apocalypse also designed by Louise Mingenbach.

This costume worn by the 'Master of Magnetism' in X-Men is expected to sell for £20,000 to £30,000.

Sark costume worn by David Warner in Tron
David Warner Sark Grid costume Tron
Sark Tron costume headpiece
Sark Tron movie costume back
Disney's 1982 cult classic Tron really evolves some fond childhood memories so I was excited to see this Game Grid costume worn by David Warner as the merciless 'Sark' up for auction.

Elois Jenssen and Rosanna Norton were Costume Designers on Steven Lisberger's groundbreaking film where a computer hacker is zapped into a digital world of gladiatorial games, where he has to help a heroic security program in order to escape.

If you like this villanous outfit, be sure to also check these other original Tron movie costumes on display.

If you're a fan of Tron, this original Sark costume could be yours for around £10,000 to £15,000.

Pete "Maverick" Mitchell flight suit
worn by Tom Cruise in Top Gun
Tom Cruise Maverick Top Gun movie costume
Maverick Top Gun flight suit detail
Maverick Top Gun flight suit detail
With a sequel to 1986's Top Gun movie in the works this flight suit worn by Tom Cruise as 'Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell' really caught my eye.

Tony Scott's film about the U.S. Navy's elite pilot academy really cemented Tom Cruise's star power and this piece of cinematic history is expected to sell for £20,000 to £30,000 at least.

Alien Xenomorph suit from Aliens
Xenomorph creature suit Aliens
Aliens creature suit
Aliens movie creature costume
And finally for my top picks, how could I not resist this extraordinary Xenomorph creature suit from James Cameron's 1986 sci-fi horror classic, Aliens.

This is one of my all-time favourite science fiction movies as it has everything, from great action to great character moments, hordes of aliens and Sigourney Weaver's 'Ripley' versus an Alien Queen.

Legendary make-up effects maestro Stan Winston was tasked with updating H. R. Giger's original alien and I think he did a spectacular job. This iconic thing of beauty would set you back from £20,000 to £30,000, and would be worth every penny.

As you can see from these examples there are some real treasures going up for auction at the year's event, and there's so much more with hundreds of screen-used props, production and promotional materials and lots of memorabilia that collectors will love.

If you don't believe me go online yourself and visit Prop Store's Live Auction website for all the details.

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