Back in 2014, movie memorabilia company the Prop Store contacted About Presentation in the early stages of planning its first ever live auction- the biggest and most exciting event of its kind- to help showcase some of the company’s most iconic and valuable pieces.
Over the past 16 years the Prop Store has amassed a collection of some of the most recognisable and memorable film and television props, costumes and memorabilia. The pioneering live auction, at Vue cinema Westfield shopping centre in London, would be preceded by a free exhibition to showcase over 300 pieces of original film history from the Prop Store collection.
Stephen Lane, CEO of The Prop Store, wanted to create a pop-up museum at Vue cinema to house the collection of items from the film world with a combined worth of over £1million. The 2 week exhibition would allow film enthusiasts and the general public to get up close and personal with infamous props including Marty McFly’s hover board from Back to the Future II, Ripley’s flame thrower from Aliens and costumes from Batman, Rocky and Die Hard. At the end of the 2-week exhibition all of the pieces would be auctioned off.
Working closely with The Prop Store, About Presentation designed and built a range of display cases to showcase and protect a variety of costumes and props. The cases needed to be versatile in order to exhibit both large and small items simultaneously. Lighting was also an important consideration in order to illuminate the pieces effectively.
Using a modular aluminium system the display cases could be used in isolation or joined together to create an extra large display case- the largest produced was 4800mm in length. To accommodate the smaller items from the exhibition a series of slatted panels, shelving and plinths were created and fitted. This gave the Prop Store more flexibility with which items they wanted to display and protect within the cases. For example C3PO’s hands from Star Wars and Niki Lauda’s racing suit and helmet from Rush were exhibited within the same case.
About Presentation’s own brand of LED conservation lighting, Controllux Slim Line, was utilised to great effect to illuminate the movie memorabilia. Controllux Slim Line was chosen for the in-case lighting for its low operating temperature and its sleek, elegant design. In addition custom designed rotational fixings were used to allow the lighting to be adjusted to suit each exhibit.
As one of the busiest cinemas in London, Vue Westfiled only had a small window for installation of the landmark exhibition – therefore delivery and fitting had to take place over night. A phased project plan meant that the flat pack display case sections had already been delivered and were in storage awaiting installation. The six-man team of expert display technicians handled approximately one tonne of glass and completed the following morning after an intense 12 hour long installation.
About The Results:
Using the modular aluminium system and Controllux Slim Line LED conservation lighting, the movie memorabilia was showcased to its full potential whilst also protecting the iconic and valuable items.
The exhibition and live auction were an immense success that attracted over 7000 visitors.
The Prop Store enthused that the cases from About Presentation “far exceeded expectations” and they were very happy with the whole process from planning to execution.
2017 will be the 4th live auction. Having now moved premises to the BFI Odeon, Southbank, the next auction will commence in September 2017.