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“Hunger Games” Costumes Head to the Auction Block

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By Lauren Fonville

The odds are ever in the favor of “Hunger Games” fans craving amazing
memorabilia this month.

Blacksparrow Auctions will auction over 200 original costumes from the
2012 film on November 16, just one week before the release of its
sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Bidders can get in on the
action in person at Blacksparrow’s Los Angeles headquarters, by phone
and online. The original costumes designed by three-time Academy Award
nominee Judianna Makovsky will be unveiled at a reception on November
14.
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Unbelievable Couture Auction on Dec. 8

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Hey Frocktalkers – Wanted to alert you to the most beautiful auction of costume items I have ever seen.  It’s in Chicago on December 8, and you can bid from the comfort of your own home on these items.  It has left me breathless – over 600 unique lots of Victorian & Edwardian clothing, jewelry, accessories, tons of 1920s – 1940s stuff, furs, hats, shoes, handbags, lace, contemporary things… it’s stunning.  Please take a look at it here: http://www.susanins.com/

It’s Auction number 129, just click on the “catalog” section and then click on “complete catalog”.  OMG, you guys.  Spread the word.  This collection is so beautiful, it deserves a new home with people who appreciate it… people like us! I’ll be bidding, FOR SURE… will you?

– KMB

Debbie Reynolds’ Costume Auction Prices Through the Roof!

The big auction of Debbie Reynolds’ prized costume collection was yesterday, and my, my my – the prices were astounding.  Marilyn Monroe’s iconic white subway grate halter dress from The Seven Year Itch went for $4.6M.  Add the $1M auction commission the buyer must pay, that’s a whopping $5.6M.  For a dress!  But it’s not just a dress, as we all know.  It’s a costume, and it’s a piece of Hollywood history.  Congrats to Debbie Reynolds on the success of her auction.  Indiewire has a nice article summing it up – read it HERE.  Looks like there’s no official tally of auction prices, but I will post them as soon as I see them.  Have a great week, everyone!

UPDATE:  Full list of sale prices HERE!  Thanks, Chris!

– KMB

Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Memorabilia Auction!

We all know that Debbie Reynolds is a Hollywood legend, but did you know that she is also a lover of costumes?  She is auctioning off her massive collection of costumes on June 18, and there is a preview of some of the items right now at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.  Admission to see this exhibit is free, and there is free underground parking (in Beverly Hills!) so get on down and see it before it ends on June 17.  I went today, and was there for almost two hours – I took pictures of nearly everything.  In fact, I shot two CF cards full of pictures… and now one of the cards is reading ERROR.  I have posted some pics HERE and HERE so you can see these costumes – really, the collection is magnificent, and I am told that, of the hundred-plus pieces I saw today, it’s only representative of 40% of her total collection.  Simply amazing.  Enjoy the pictures, and get down there to see them in person if you can!  If you’d like to bid on any of the items, Profiles in History is handling the auction.  Click HERE for more info!  I will upload the pictures from the defective card as soon as I can!

– KMB

Here We Go Again: Jadis

In what appears to be another sign of a faltering economy, and following the January death of its owner Parke Meek, prop and curiosity house Jadis is closing its doors and selling off its stock.  Here is an article from the LA Times telling us more about it.  Jadis (and its sister store Paris 1900) are landmarks in the Santa Monica/Venice corridor.  There will be a big hole on Main Street.

LA TIMES ARTICLE

Sale begins tomorrow at 11AM.  All you steampunks out there, put it on your calendar!

— KMB

Auction Mania! Hollywood Prop Auction 8-15-09!

Another weekend, another auction.  This time, I don’t think it has as much to do with the crappy economy as much as it has to do with it being late summertime, back-to-school, an opportune time of year to have a huge sale.  The auction is this coming Saturday at LA Center Studios, near downtown – 1201 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017 – which is really on Bixel Street between 5th and 6th.  Preview starts at 9AM, and auction starts at 11AM.  There are vintage cars for sale (including a beautiful ’69 Ferrari Daytona) and there are COSTUMES in this auction, which makes it interesting… costumes from movies like Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, My Bloody Valentine 3D, Killshot, Fired Up, Obsessed, Crank: High Voltage, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Ugly Truth, Soul Men, and my favorites, CROSSING OVER and SEX DRIVE!

Preview the items here! More details on the auction:

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20th Century Props Auction – It Begins!

Today I arrived at 20th Century Props at 8AM with two intrepid deal-hunting buddies.  The auction was scheduled to start at 9:30 AM, so we used the remaining 90 minutes to do a quick preview of the items slated for the auctioneer’s block.  The place is huge and it is packed, floor-to-ceiling, with items that must go. The live auction is going to take place over the next five days, and then there will be a smaller, online auction for hand-prop items and other items that did not sell in the first (live) auction.
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20th Century Props Auction Starts Tomorrow!

Would you like a hand with that chair??

Would you like a hand with that chair??

Okay guys, the auction of 20th Century Props’ stock begins tomorrow. You can bid online, or show up in person. Today is preview day. You can pick up a bed of nails, a guillotine, some cool furniture, lots of Art Deco stuff, old signs, pool tables, taxidermy, and even a four-foot-tall cheeseburger. I will be covering the event tomorrow, so stay tuned for more stories from the auction!! It should be epic.

MORE DETAILS CLICK HERE

— KMB

The Princess Bride: Dueling Banjos Review – Synopsis!!

Review Date: 6-23-09
Release Date: 9-25-87
Runtime: 98 min.
Period: period-non-period, vaguely 14th – 16th century
Costume Designer: Phyllis Dalton

Hi Frocktalk readers!!  Welcome to the DUELING BANJOS review of The Princess Bride with Maggie from THE COSTUMER’S GUIDE!!  To start things off, I am posting the synopsis of the film by itself.  Enjoy!!!

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