Monday, 22 June 2009

93,752 Pieces of Hollywood History for Sale

Photo: Marissa Roth for the New York Times

Twentieth Century Props is going out of business next month and it's auctioning all of its 93,752 items, ranging from tea cups to a life-size submarine.

Due to the dry spell of film production, items up for sale include the rattan sofa from The Golden Girls, the futuristic shower Tom Cruise used in the Minority Report and the chandeliers from Titanic.

Also on the market is the robotic torso used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 3, which has been awaiting its next role in the deep shelves of the Hollywood warehouse.

Harvey Schwartz, the owner of 20th Century Props, stood amid it all in tears wondering how his business had become a victim of rapidly changing Hollywood.

"I ran out of money three months ago, and I don???t know what else to do. It???s terrifying. I???ve devoted my entire life to something that is over."