Over the weekend, Profiles in History auctioned off the flotsam and jetsam from the set of “Lost,” with actual flotsam — wreckage from Oceanic Flight 800 — fetching $3000. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg:
A copy of “Watership Down,” read by the actor Josh Holloway in several episodes, sold for $3,300 (including a 20 percent buyer’s fee) against an estimate of $300. A set of Oceanic Airlines-branded water bottles, seen in the pilot episode and estimated at $200, went for $1,680.
Among the top sellers was a script signed by two of the program’s creators, J. J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof. The script, estimated at $300, brought a frenzy of bidding — over 100 people were vying for it in person, on the telephone and over the Internet — and it sold for $18,000. Hurley’s red-and-white Camaro, prominently featured in season three, was estimated at $15,000 and sold for $24,000. [New York Times]
The Dharma Initiative VW vans would have gone for more, but prospective buyers were turned off by the windows.
And there’s more:
“This show is the new ‘Star Trek’ when it comes to collecting,” said Joseph Maddalena, the founder of Profiles in History, the auction house that mounted the event.
Congratulations, Losties! You’ve entered the Obsessive Dork Hall of Fame! Unfortunately, no one will be there to see your bust unveiled, because everyone thinks you’re too annoying.
“I think it’s terrific that fans have the chance to own and treasure these things,” said Jessica Holmes, 28, a student from Long Beach who was dressed as a “Lost” polar bear.
The dichotomy of that sentence is brilliant. “I think we should look at children as a legitimate food source,” said a clown holding a knife.