Yours for $150,000: The Blade Runner Gun

blade-runnerThe New York Times brings news that what’s been described as the “holy grail” of sci-fi movie memorabilia is going under the hammer at the end of the month. The star lot in Profiles in History‘s auction of Hollywood junk treasures is Harrison Ford‘s gun from Blade Runner, which is expected to make between $100,000 and $150,000. We think the “Maria” robot from Metropolis should be considered slightly holier, but then we’re clad only in cobwebs and using a steam-powered computer.

The bulk of the auction will be made up of Forrest Ackerman‘s collection. The late Ackerman was a buff who is credited with inventing the term “sci-fi.” Perhaps the first and ultimate fan-boy, he published the fanzine Famous Monsters of Filmland, wore a costume to the first World Science Fiction Convention in 1939, and built an unrivalled collection of memorabilia. He also worked with Ed Wood, the Rays Bradbury and Harryhausen, and cosmic charlatan L. Ron Hubbard.

The Times reports that the other covetable baubles include a ring worn by Bela Lugosi in Dracula and–oh, hello!–the monocle Fritz Lang wore while directing Metropolis! Our cobwebs are a-quiver with excitement, although judging from the emptiness of our purse, we’ll have to make do with Andre de Toth‘s glass eye. The auction will also include a puppet used in Tim Burton‘s The Corpse Bride and a dress worn by Rita Hayworth in Gilda. In a word, yum! Bidding begins on April 30.


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