ABC Studios and auction house Profiles in History netted over $1.8 million at this weekend’s “Lost: The Official Show Auction and Exhibit,” held at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, CA. Fans of the Emmy-winning show bid on such iconic items as John Locke’s wheelchair ($3,250), Hurley’s Lotto Ticket ($5,500), Faraday’s Journal ($27,500), and a Dharma Initiative VW Van ($47,500).
Mrs. Muertos and I, along with our good friend Girard from Hills of Woodland, pooled our money together in the hopes of purchasing Jack’s beard, but were sadden to find it was one of the very few items not available for sale. But, hey, we probably wouldn’t have been able to afford it anyway. Despite the event’s “everyone can own a piece of the show” PR spin, the majority of props, costumes, and set pieces went for well over two grand.
Fortunately, there was still plenty to do for broke-ass “LOST” fans. The exhibit part of the event included displays of the items up for auction, screenings of BTS footage from the show’s upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release, and photo ops on “LOST” inspired sets built to resemble Oceanic Airlines, the Hatch, Mr. Cluck’s Chicken Shack, and the Temple.
Activities included a “LOST” costume contest—which drew three Kates, one La Fleur, a Dharma polar bear, a bikini-clad Other, and an overweight Russo—and a pre-auction raffle which gave away “LOST” season six DVDs and Blu-rays, T-shirts, bobble-heads, and advanced copies of DK’s “LOST” Encyclopedia (a must-have). Forty-two lucky attendees also won a chance to catch a preview of the 12-minute epilogue “New Man in Charge.”
Disappointingly, neither the show’s creators nor its cast attended the event. Well, that’s not entirely accurate. Daniel Roebuck (Dr. Leslie Artz) and Sterling Beaumon (Young Ben Linus) were on hand to sign autographs, but that’s not exactly Evangeline Lilly (Kate Austin) or Josh Holloway (James “Sawyer” Ford). Hell, it’s not even Vincent.
As for the rest of the auction, notable sales included Sawyer’s Letter to the Man Who Murdered His Parents ($6,500), Charlie’s Drive Shaft ring ($9,000), the Swan Station Hatch Door ($16,000), Hurley’s Camaro ($24,000), Walt’s Spanish Green Lantern Comic ($1,400), Locke’s Suicide Note to Jack ($9,000), Mr. Eko’s Staff ($8000), Sun’s Blue Bikini ($1,200), and the time-shifting Donkey Wheel ($22,500).
“LOST” is nominated this year for 12 Emmys, including nods for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for lead Matthew Fox (Jack Shepard), and Outstanding Supporting Actor for both Michael Emerson (Benjamin Linus) and Terry o’Quinn (John Locke).