Thursday, November 19, 2020

Cool picks from Prop Store's December 2020 Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction London...

Visitors to my blog, old or new, will surely get the impression that I have an appreciation for the craftsmanship, ingenuity, expertise and creativity that goes into the costumes, props and sets featured here. I like to celebrate the costume designers, seamstresses, tailors, artisans and production designers that help magic the magic come to life on the big and small screen. Another company that appreciates the artistry of the entertainment industry is Prop Store, and they are holding their seventh Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction in London on December 1 and 2, 2020, with over 900 rare and iconic lots from cinema and television for you to bid on. I've perused the latest Prop Store auction catalogue and these are some of my top picks that you may like to add to your collection of screen-used treasures from sci-fi to romantic comedy, supernatural fantasy to fairytales.

Headless Horseman costume worn by Christopher Walken
in Sleepy Hollow
Christopher Walken Sleepy Hollow Headless Horseman costume
Sleepy Hollow Headless Horseman costume collar
Sleepy Hollow Headless Horseman movie costume
Sleepy Hollow Headless Horseman costume detail
Sleepy Hollow Headless Horseman costume glove
Sleepy Hollow Headless Horseman costume boots
Sleepy Hollow Headless Horseman costume boot spurs
Sleepy Hollow Headless Horseman boot spur
Sleepy Hollow Headless Horseman costume back
Sleepy Hollow Headless Horseman costume cape
First up is this exquisite 'Headless Horseman' costume from 1999's Tim Burton fantasy horror, Sleepy Hollow film.

Colleen Atwood was Oscar nominated for her designs on this movie and you can really see why with this ornate outfit, from the floor-length cape, to the double-headed dragon motif on the chest to the thigh-high boots, large patterned belt buckle and demonic-looking boot spurs.

This costume is truly haunting and is estimated to sell for between £30,000 to £50,000 when auctioned.

Book of the Dead prop from The Mummy
Mummy Book of the Dead movie prop
Mummy Book of Dead prop pages
Mummy Book of Dead prop pages
Mummy Book of the Dead prop clasps
Mummy Book of Dead film prop
Keeping to the supernatural theme and another movie from 1999, this Book of the Dead hero prop was used in Stephen Sommers' action-adventure, The Mummy. This Egyptian artifact was accidentally used to raise the ancient priest 'Imhotep' from the grave.

I've actually seen this Book of the Dead prop from the treasure hunting movie on display at Universal Studios Hollywood back in 2009, alongside other costumes and props from the film.

This impressive book prop features ornate vulture-like clasps, twelve tablet pages covered in hieroglyphics and scarab beetle key lock design is expected to reach an estimated £20,000 to £30,000.

Peter Banning's Pan costume worn by Robin Williams
in Hook
Robin Williams Hook Pan film costume
Robin Williams Hook Pan costume
Robin Williams Hook Pan film costume back
Robin Williams Hook Pan film costume
The next costume comes from Steven Spielberg's 1991 fantasy adventure Hook, in which Robin Williams played a grown up 'Peter Pan' named 'Peter Banning' who had forgotten his magical youthful spirit.

There's something nostalgic and simple about this leafy costume design by Anthony Powell, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on this fairytale movie.

This suede costume is a must-have for fans of the beloved comic actor and is expected to sell for £10,000 to £15,000.

Fans of the movie can also check out this cool Bowling Ball Kid prop from Hook that I once saw on display at the Planet Hollywood Cafe in Las Vegas.

R5 Droid from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Star Wars Rise of Skywalker R5 Droid
Star Wars Rise of Skywalker R5 Droid
Star Wars Rise of Skywalker R5 Droid
Star Wars Rise of Skywalker R5 Droid
Star Wars Rise of Skywalker R5 Droid back
The next amazing prop comes from a galaxy far, far away from the recent Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker installment, and it's a remote-controlled, light-up R5 Droid.

Alongside a working Dalek from Doctor Who, this would be a wish list Christmas present considering I was huge Star Wars fan growing up in the 1970s and 80s and I always loved all the other background Driods featured in the cinematic universe.

This working orange, white and blue R5 astromech Droid from the 2019 movie could be yours for £20,000 to £30,000.

Juliet's wedding dress worn by Keira Knightley
in Love Actually
Keira Knightley Love Actually Juliet wedding dress
Love Actually Juliet wedding dress feather headdress
Love Actually Juliet wedding outfit detail
Love Actually Juliet wedding outfit brooch detail
Keira Knightley Love Actually Juliet wedding dress
Keira Knightley Love Actually Juliet wedding dress back
At this time of year my mind always turns to the films I'll rewatch over the holiday season, and Richard Curtis' 2003 romantic comedy, feel-good festive movie, Love Actually, is always top of that must-see list. That's why this wedding dress outfit worn by Keira Knightley as 'Juliet' stood out in the auction catalogue.

Joanna Johnston was Costume Designer on this film and this organza and lace outfit was custom-made for the production, including a feather headdress.

This piece of cinema history could be yours for £3,000 to £5,000, and you can see more Love Actually movie costumes when they were on display at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Times are tough for many at the moment, but these items are one-of-a-kind treasures and I know how passionate collectors can be about their favourite movies and TV shows.

2020 has been a miserable year, so if you wanted to splurge on something fun that has special meaning to you and would make you happy, why not.

Monday, November 16, 2020

More costume delights from Disney's D23 Expo 2019 on display...

Disney's 2019 D23 Expo may seem like a distant memory now, but with the pandemic still raging it's been nice to reminisce about the costumes and props that were on display at the biennial fan convention. Here's five more film and stage costumes that were photographed as part of the Walt Disney Archives Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume exhibition on August 23, 2019, in Anaheim, California.

Letha Wedge costume worn by Bette Davis
in Return from Witch Mountain
Bette Davis Return from Witch Mountain Letha film costume
Bette Davis Return from Witch Mountain Letha Wedge costume
Bette Davis Return from Witch Mountain Letha movie costume
First up is a costume from one of my childhood favourite films, Return from Witch Mountain, which saw the psychically-powered alien twins, 'Tony' (Ike Esienmann) and 'Tia Malone' (Kim Richards) face off against the schemes of Christopher Lee's 'Dr. Victor Gannon' and Bette Davis 'Letha Wedge'.

Bill Thomas was the Costume Designer on the Disney movie sequel, which was a follow-up to 1975 Escape to Witch Mountain based on Alexander H. Key's 1968 sci-fi novel.

Return from Witch Mountain movie poster
Return from Witch Mountain poster
Fans of iconic Bette Davis can also enjoy these Emmy-nominated costumes from Feud: Bette and Joan on display.

Dr. Hans Reinhart costume worn by Maximillian Schell
in The Black Hole
Maximillian Schell Black Hole Dr Hans Reinhardt costume
Black Hole Dr Hans Reinhardt film costume
Black Hole Dr Hans Reinhardt movie costume
Black Hole Dr Hans Reinhardt costume
Another sci-fi favourite from my youth was the futuristic film, The Black Hole, from 1979. In the movie Maximillian Schell played the deranged and brilliant scientist 'Dr. Hans Reinhardt' aboard the long thought lost USS Cygnus spacecraft.

The Black Hole movie poster
Black Hole movie poster
Chuck Keehne and Bill Thomas were responsible for Costume Design on the outer space movie directed by Gary Nelson.

Dorothy Gale costume worn by Fairuza Balk
in Return to Oz
Fairuza Balk Return to Oz Dorothy Gale movie costume
Fairuza Balk Return to Oz Dorothy Gale costume
Fairuza Balk Return to Oz Dorothy costume
Return to Oz Dorothy Gale film costume
The expo also had Fairuza Balk's 'Dorothy Gale' costume from 1985's Return to Oz fantasy film on display.

Based on L. Frank Baum's Oz novels, this sequel saw the 10-year-old actress discover fantastical new friend and enemies in this outfit designed by Raymond Hughes.

Return to Oz movie poster
Return to Oz movie poster
Fans of this movie sequel can also enjoy these other screen-used costumes and props from Return to Oz on display.

Ben Gates costume worn by Nicolas Cage
in National Treasure
Nicolas Cage National Treasure Ben Gates film costume
Nicolas Cage National Treasure Ben Gates movie costume
In 2004's National Treasure, Nicolas Cage played treasure hunter 'Benjamin Franklin Gates' and Judianna Makovsky was Costume Designer on the historical mystery adventure movie.

You can also take another look at this costume and props from National Treasure at previous Disney exhibits.

National Treasure movie poster
National Treasure movie poster
Plus this particular D23 Expo also showcased Nicolas Cage's Balthazar Blake costume from The Sorcerer's Apprentice on display.

Elsa stage costume from Broadway's Frozen musical
Elsa Frozen Broadway musical stage costume
Elsa Frozen Broadway musical costume
Frozen Broadway musical Elsa stage costume
Frozen musical Elsa stage costume shoes
Elsa costume Frozen Broadway musical
Christopher Oram was Costume Designer for Frozen: The Broadway Musical, based on Disney's animated 2013 box office smash, and actresses like Caissie Levy, Ciara Renée and Caroline Bowman have donned the princess of Arendelle's dress to tread the boards on Broadway and on tour.

And sadly that's the final installment of the costumes and props I saw in person at last year's D23 Expo.


Here's hoping we'll be able to attend conventions, exhibitions, museums and cinemas again in the near future when this pandemic is under control.

Frozen musical billboard
Disney Frozen musical billboard