Jeff Weinberg has handled liquidations of movie props before, but never quite like this.
Thousands of antique, vintage and reproductions—all props from the locally filmed jazz biopic, “Bolden!,” have filled his Auction Orange business even overflowing into a next-door vacant unit in the Castle Hayne Road strip mall.
And for the right price, they can be yours.
Auction Orange is auctioning off all props from the movie, set in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, starting this weekend.
“We’ve done a lot of work for studios over the years, but this is probably the biggest,” Weinberg said.
It’s not surprising a movie that took many years, a change of locations and a switch in male leads to make would have amassed so many set dressings. And Weinberg said production crews spared no time or expense in making sure every detail fit the historical piece.
There are Victorian-era lamps—and lots of them. There are chairs, piled high to the ceiling, from the movie’s various settings. Iron work. Medicine bottles. Old doors and windows. Antique bedroom sets. Ornately carved woodwork. Lush curtains. Large store signs. Crates. Carts. Benches. Even a handful of ancient steam radiators. And one chamber pot.
It’s more than Weinberg could ever possibly list but he said it’s a catalog of at least several thousand. And, he added, he has enjoyed eagerly sifting through such a huge assortment of unique wares.
“Usually, what we get from homes is more modern items,” he noted.
And he’s hoping the rarities will be a draw for area residents, as well.
“With the quantity of unusual items, I think designers and shop owners will be trying to get their hands on those things that you just don’t find around here,” Weinberg said.
The auctions are open to the public, and Weinberg said the fun is in never knowing for how much an item will go.
The first “Bolden!” auction is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, with an additional event at 1 p.m. Sunday. Another live auction sale will be held at 6 p.m. the following Saturday, July 18, and an online-only sale of architectural pieces is running now through Tuesday, July 14.
Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or email@example.com.