Waterloo auction house displays ‘Indy’s hat’ and it’s all yours for a cool £100k

BY TOBY PORTER
toby@slpmedia.co.uk

It’s perhaps the most famous prop in movie history. And it’s on display in Waterloo, before being auctioned on Thursday.

But it could set you back £100,000. Indiana Jones’s hat – the one he risked his hand to retrieve in Raiders of the Lost Ark – will be up for auction on September 20 at London’s BFI IMAX, Waterloo.

There are 270 rare and iconic props and costumes from the world of film and television on show – all of which will be sold at the upcoming Prop Store Live Auction.

Among the other items is a First Order Stormtrooper Helmet from Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) with all hammer proceeds of that lot going to the NSPCC – the charity could benefit by up to £50,000.

Also on your shopping list, should you have the odd few thousand to blow on useless guff, might be the robot exoskeleton from Terminator 2 – estimated price £100,000.

Quite a lot for a robot that can’t even do the dishes.

A T-800 Endoskeleton used in Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991).  Main pic (Indiana Jones’s Hat from Raiders of the Lost Ark

A great deal cheaper, but no less hygienically challenged when it comes to toiling over the kitchen sink, is a pair of props from Lord of the Rings – Frodo’s ear tips, as worn by Elijah Wood.

Orlando Bloom also needed some to play Legolas, although the idea the star of Pirates of the Caribbean actually touched them might provoke more money to change hands in the auction.

Wolverine’s sideburns from X-Men – just as useless and even more weird to have in a display case on your sideboard – would probably need to be bagged alongside his dog tags.

Otherwise, they would look stupid.

A xenomorph egg from Aliens is also among the lots, though the space suit from Alien is not going to protect you from its progeny. Neither will a praetorian guard costume from Gladiator, which is also for sale.

The Romans would not have had much chance against an acid-blooded metal-skeleton’s 12-footer, otherwise known by Sigourney Weaver as “You bitch”.

Only a couple of items are of any use at all: Jake’s shades from The Blues Brothers, memorable for the line:

“There are 106 miles to Chicago, we have a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses.”

To which Jake replies: “Hit it!” The other useful item is Kathy Bates’s costume from Misery.

For purposes of a fancy dress party, you might have to supply your own sledgehammer.

Priya Mudgil (right) adjusts the costume of Edward Scissorhands on display next to Christopher Reeve’s Superman costume and Michael Jackson’s ‘Spike’ costume from Moonwalker,

Other items for sale at the auction include:

  • Orc mask – Lord of the Rings
  • Red’s harmonica – The Shawshank Redemption
  • Jack’s red jacket – The Shining
  • Trinity’s guns – The Matrix
  • Rose box used to hide a pump-action gun – Terminator 2
  • Knight’s helmet – Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Big Kahuna burger bag – Pulp Fiction
  • Noisey cricket – Agent J’s high-power mini gun from Men in Black
  • Robert Muldoon’s Jurassic Park number plate
  • Sandworm puppet – Beetlejuice
  • Lieutenant Stewart’s flightsuit; plus a gorilla suit – Planet of the Apes
  • Deckeard’s shirt – Bladerunner

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