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Batman’s batsuit, Mulder and Scully’s badges, other cool stuff goes up for auction

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It’s August, which means it’s time for another one of those massive auctions full of iconic pop-culture memorabilia that may as well be titled Bruce Wayne Auctions, because you’d have to be independently wealthy to afford most of the stuff. Nonetheless, in a press release that went out this morning, The Prop Store announced it will be holding the U.K.’s largest live auction for film and TV props next month, with more than 500 items up for bid, including the Batsuit from Batman Begins, FBI badges from The X-Files, and Steven Spielberg’s clapperboard from Jaws.

The auction is a veritable treasure trove of nerds’ fondest wishes, as the potential items available are enough to make Ben Wyatt weep with covetous desire. Other potential acquisitions include:

  • A TIE pilot helmet from Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope
  • The Batpod vehicle from The Dark Knight Rises
  • A Hogwarts acceptance letter from Harry Potter And The Sorceror’s Stone
  • Jester’s flight suit from Top Gun
  • A Sloth mask from The Goonies
  • Richard Attenborough’s annotated script of Jurassic Park

And much more, although it’s not yet clear how auction organizers are planning to prevent water damage to items after the auction site is flooded with the hot tears of nerds denied a chance to wear the Batsuit home. Luckily, there’s a few more affordable options—otherwise known as “The ‘Meh’ Alternatives”—up for bid as well, such as cast and crew T-shirts and hats from various Star Wars productions. It’ll be just like Force Friday, where entitled jerks walk away with all the good stuff and you’re reduced to buying a lightsaber keychain so as not to go home empty-handed. The auction is Tuesday, September 27, meaning you have plenty of time to register for bidding and also practice the look of disappointment that will adorn your face when you remember the pounds-to-dollars conversion rate, and what it means for your ability to acquire that signed Labyrinth poster.


If you live in London, though—or feel like flying there—you have one additional chance to land some awesome memorabilia. The auction will coincide with a number of special screenings of the related films at BFI Imax, and if you preorder tickets, you’ll be entered in a contest to win other movie artifacts, including the sword and scabbard from Gladiator. It’s no Sloth mask, but don’t worry, you’ll still look plenty silly wearing it to the post office.