Memorabilia collectors Prop Store recently held an auction yesterday (November 9), where they sold “treasures from film and television” — including Tom Hanks’ iconic volleyball companion Wilson from Cast Away and Will Ferrell’s Buddy the Elf costume.
The volleyball exceeded expectations and sold for $231,000 more than expected, at nearly $311,000 (£230,000 GBP). The item is heavily distressed (as it should be – the ball is 21 years old) and features paint that is applied to ensure that the appearance of the ball makes it look worn and dirtied. The dark brown stain is in fact the red “face” of the Wilson and represents Noland’s bloody handprint. Prop Store noted that “Wilson was placed in water for long periods during filming. Therefore, the overall shape of the ball warped slightly, and the facial detailing became somewhat blurred compared to shots earlier in the film.”
Will Ferrell’s Buddy the Elf costume from 2003’s Elf movie sold for 10 times as much as the expected price. The costume was expected to fetch a maximum estimate of $41,000, but someone won their bid of £175,000 (about $296,000).
Michael J. Fox’s signed Hoverboard from Back to the Future II sold for over $500,000 at the auction (£375,000).
Meanwhile, Freddy Krueger’s glove from Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors sold for £80,000 (about $135,000). Freddy’s infamous razor glove was designed differently for each of the films in the franchise. The glove is made from brown leather, weathered and stained using polish, and features the four iconic stainless steel razors, affixed to copper finger plates. The finger blades, plates and glove backplate are fastened with copper rivets, securing the deadly blades to the glove.
This Meerschaum Pipe from 2004’s National Treasure with Nicholas Cage sold for over $90,000 (£68,750). In the movie, the pipe was discovered in the frozen wreckage of the ship Charlotte at the beginning of the film, and Cage’s Ben Gates used the stem of the pipe and his own blood to reveal a hidden message. The pipe was then used as a key to unlock the ship’s treasure room. Per Prop Store’s description, the pipe is made predominantly of resin and is intentionally distressed to look like aged meerschaum. It has some wear from production use and age, with scuffing, scratches and remnants of stage blood on the stem. The lot is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Disney.