Mark the date in your diary: on the 1 and 2 of December iconic costumes from Pretty Woman, Fight Club, Top Gun, Alien, The Matrix Reloaded, Gladiator, Labyrinth and 300 other movies, will go up for auction at the Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live.
Fashion highlights include the black-lacquered boots Julia Roberts, aka Vivian wore - and stuffed cash in - in Pretty Woman, Daniel Craig's M16 training suit from Skyfall, and the purple fedora from Tim Burton’s Batman, that Jack Nickolson wore as Joker. There are also iconic leather jackets, from Top Gun’s bomber to Tyler Durden’s Fight Club red leather. Or perhaps you'd prefer something more substantial? Neo from the Matrix Reloaded's long and long coat? And yes, you better believe it comes with the shades - the lot is estimated to go for anything from £40,000 to £60,000. For those who take their fancy dress very seriously there's David Bowie’s crystal ball from the Labyrinth, Russel Crowe’s Gladiator shield, and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber from Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (used by Ewan McGregor, this is the most expensive lot, with the bidding starting at £80,000, though it could go as high as £120,000).
But don't despair at the prices, because there are some affordable options, too. Billy Mack’s snakeskin suit from Love Actually is priced at a palatable £400, while the beanie Will Smith wore as Detective Mike Lowrey in Bad Boys II will start at £200.
“I started Prop Store out of my passion for collecting, and so it’s all about the hunt,” said Prop Store chief Stephen Lane, who gathered his collection of the most rare movie props through a network of film industry professionals and collectors. He continues, “A lot of these artefacts are just thrown away at the end of production or certainly used to be. They were just disposed of or sold off. And that meant they just went to the four winds.”
It joins the long line of celebrity auctions. Remember when Lady Gaga forgot her Golden Globes gown at the hotel and the house keeper who found it, later auctioned it off? Or when Miuccia Prada sold all pieces from her house AW20 presentation at Sotheby’s? Do let us know if you get anything.