Five prizes to be award in a raffle. Win original costumes from The Hunger Games.
We packed the house on Wednesday evening, in spite of the rain and LA traffic, which was heavier than normal thanks to the Mexican Billboard Awards at the Dolby Theater. It started slow, as almost all Hollywood events go, but once it began, we had a nice steady stream of attendees. Viewers were treated to a fantastic documentary about monster collecting, an incredible balloon artist, and an appearance by the Alien Warrior Comedian, who braved intergalactic traffic to get the the TCL Chinese Theatre. Speaking of our host, the TCL Chinese Theatre was gracious in their accommodations and hospitality. All in all, Daniel Roebuck put on a great and extremely informative film and we were happy to do the rest.
(Photo: Erica in front of the step-and-repeat we created that feature images of Dr. Shocker and Igor.)
UPDATE: More photos are viewable at DStar Photography’s Facebook Page.
Oil on canvas, 220 x 395 cm, 2001.
The painting sold for US$23.3 million at a Sotheby’s auction on Saturday night in Hong Kong, setting a new record price for a work by an Asian contemporary artist.
The play on Leonardo’s painting is a referendum on capitalism and its influence on China. The “Judas” character is the one wearing the yellow tie, which represents money, and in essence, Western capitalism.
I wanted to post an update on the catalogs. I know many Hunger Games fans are chomping at the bit to see which costumes will be available at auction and how they look. I can happily announce that the catalog will look amazing. The costumes, of course, are the stars. Here are a few sneak peeks at what the layout looks like:
For those who have pre-ordered the catalog, you will be glad to know that it is being printed as I type this sentence. We anticipate to receive a shipment in 3-4 weeks and we will begin fulfilling pre-orders by the end of October. Interested bidders will have catalogs in hand well before the November 16 auction date.
One of the main concerns that I’ve heard is that the prices will be astronomical and that “real” fans won’t get a chance to own a piece. This isn’t new. In fact, this was the same concern with the Captain America Auction and Lost Auction that I was a part of. In both those instances, prices started low and there was something for everyone. There were things that went really high, but there were also bargains. As with those two auctions, the Hunger Games Costume Auction will have something for everyone, at all price ranges. There will be plenty of District costumes, training outfits, Arena Games outfits, Capitol City fashion suits and gowns, and hero costumes to choose from. There are lots of Katniss. You won’t be disappointed.
Photography for the Dr. Shocker catalog is now complete. Although the auction has only 271 lots, some of the lots contain dozens of pieces. It’s a large collection in scope and in an academic point of view, as it spans from the heyday of Universal’s classic monsters to modern classics such as Army of Darkness. When this catalog is printed, it will be a definitive anthology of pop culture horror collectibles.
Working with Daniel Roebuck is a lot of fun. He has an abundance of stories, ideas and creativity. He is generous with his time and his kindness. I usually have a lot of fun putting together a catalog, because I get to learn a lot. This catalog is especially so.
I want to share some raw camera images of the items before they get cleaned up for the catalog. Enjoy!
The catalog for the auction is now available for pre-order. There are two versions: a softcover and a limited edition hardcover. Order at blacksparrowauctions.com.
Anyone who knows Daniel Roebuck knows how personable and friendly and genuine he is. Those of us who can call him a friend also know that he is extremely passionate when it comes to classic monsters and horror films. In fact, over most of his life Dan has amassed an unparallelled collection of monster related collectibles and memorabilia. He even had a private museum of his own, inspired by Forry Ackerman and Bob Burns. It was called Dr. Shocker’s House of Horror! Dr. Shocker, of course, is Daniel’s ever irritable alter ego.
This illustrious collection of Daniel’s has been much talked about among classic monster fans–at least among those who had the privilege to have been invited to the private museum. This collection comprises dozens of posters, lobby cards, autographs, original artwork, animation cels, comics, wax figures, vintage dolls, props, life masks, model kits and many of the classic toys once offered in the pages of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. Some of the greatest horror actors are represented: Karloff, Lugosi, Chaney, Price, to name the usual suspects. Massive compilations of Frankenstein’s Monster, Wolfman, Dracula, and the Creature are featured, in addition to campy and tongue-in-cheek franchises such as The Munsters, Addams Family, Abbott & Costello, etc. The diversity of the collection also includes Planet of the Apes, King Kong, Captain Company, Universal Studios Tour, rare Japanese toys, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Mad Magazine, Don Post Studios, Army of Darkness, and much, much more.
At the peak of its glorious existence, Dr. Shocker’s House of Horror was a sight to behold. Alas, all great things come to an end, so the cliché goes. Now the honor has been bestowed upon me and the Blacksparrow Auctions team to commemorate the collection with a curated live auction to be held at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood on October 26, 2013. A print catalog will be produced to celebrate one of the the greatest classic monster collections there ever was. Fans and collectors will be treated to a once in a lifetime collectible event and be able to relive the pop culture explosion of classic monster and horror memorabilia of the late 20th century. If that’s not enough, rumor has it that Dr. Shocker himself will make an appearance at this special event! For more information on the live auction event, please visit Blacksparrow Auctions.
That’s not all. Blacksparrow Auctions will be hosting the world premier of Daniel’s latest Dr. Shocker project, “Dr. Shocker’s Vault of Horror” documentary, on October 9th at the same TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. The highly anticipated “shock-u-mentary” will be released on DVD (currently available for pre-order), which includes MONSTERMANIACS, a documentary about the monster collecting craze featuring Daniel’s historic collection as its centerpiece. Seating is limited for the one night only big screen premiere. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With a fresh new design and online store:
Oh, also new auction announcements…
Good poetry is not dead. Case in point: Interrobang by Jessica Piazza is a collection of sonnets with titles based on clinical phobias and philias.