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I was recently informed of a massive Glee props & wardrobe auction taking place in exactly one month. You can see the 1500-lot catalog here. A lot of it is just clothing, some of which is very pretty but nothing that really upsets me not to own (although there some amazing vintage dresses), but there are so many unique set dressing props that I could make an entire new dictionary-sized Wishlist of Impossible Things just for this show, except they would not be as impossible as usual, because they are all for sale, right here right now.

It has taken me a couple of weeks to stop screaming and freaking out over the mere concept long enough to actually finish going through the catalog, although I am still screaming and freaking out at  various points along the way, because it is like the world's most amazing estate sale. I've never seen a show offer this many items for public auction, have you?

And while I feel like a lot of lots will be puchased by the equivalent of super pacs and then the individual items distributed or raffled or re-auctioned off among them, I like to believe there are some rich girls in the world who can afford to mow down everyone in their path and buy what they want, and that there is an alternate universe where I'm one of them.


(Important note: everything features a photo of where it was used in the show, which means starting in season 5 I get very "AHH NO THE SPOILERS!!!" and skim a lot faster. But maybe that's a positive: I can look at these photos someday when I go crazy and consider watching season 6.)

But for now...

PAPER EPHEMERA.
SO MUCH PAPER EPHEMERA.
INCLUDING THE CONTENTS OF BULLETIN BOARDS.
I even want Sue's Cheerios stuff at this point.

-THE RHINESTONED NEW DIRECTIONS JEAN JACKET MADE BY BRYAN RYAN (okay, there is some cool clothing)
-ITEMS FROM RACHEL'S BEDROOM (Lima version)
-The student newspaper!
-NYADA props!!
-Look, Rachel's little white monkey plushie! (#631)
-OH GOD LOOK AT ALL THE FURNITURE FROM THE LOFT APARTMENT.
-100+ playbills and programs from Glee performances. In one lot.
-Wedding props from Will & Emma's wedding. That's right, I want paper ephemera so much I'm willing to overlook my hatred of them.

-DOES THAT SAY -- ARE YOU TELLING ME KURT HUMMEL KEEPS A JOURNAL AND THERE ARE TWO PAGES OF ENTRIES IN THIS LOT BECAUSE I PROMISE YOU NO ONE HAS TOLD ME ABOUT THIS. Plus there's his NYADA application and it's driving me CRAZY that I cannot blow these up in quite enough detail to clearly read everything. Where is that magical crime-show image-enhancing technology when you need it?

-OH MY GOD THE FUNNY GIRL PROP COLLECTION. WANT. WANT A LOT. (1093)

-Holy crap you can buy the Regionals trophy.
-You can also buy the puppets from that one gas-leak episode (*I forget if that was the canon or fanon reason they came into existence, but ever since Community season 5, I like "gas leak" as the explanation for anything that goes wrong)
...I mean, they're hideous and I would never choose to buy them over most of the paper ephemera, but they ARE unique/custom made.

-Have you ever wanted to dress you cat up like Lord Tubbington? NOW YOU CAN. If you do not have a cat, this cat comes with prop!Tubbington.

-QUINN PROPS. Most of them should be burned, but there is some Yale paperwork and some medical forms, so.

-Also, man, if I were any of these actresses I'd be bulldozing people left and right to buy back my adorable outfits. I know I said the clothing wasn't super exciting, and it's not compared to the uniqueness of other props for sale, but if these outfits were in my size I would want at least 50 of them.

Y'all, if I find out Blaine's scrapbook is in here (or in one of the mysteriously Withdrawn Lots) -- which was on my actual Wishlist of Impossible Things -- I MIGHT have a genuine mental breakdown.

TBH I'm already pretty close after seeing A HUGE COLLECTION OF PROP YEARBOOKS. SOME WITH SIGNATURE PAGES.

At this point I think the worst part is knowing that some of this might end up in the hands of Glee fans on Tumblr, and they might post detailed close-up pictures of it!, and I might MISS IT because I'm not following any Glee people and I'm not sure which tags to track.

[edit: that might be because I forgot I had both "klaine" and "glee" blacklisted. OK. Things seem to be under "#glee auction." Which is now informing me the auction seems to be posted here on invaluable.com? I need to investigate this further. It seems bid are being accepted eBay style, and prices seem suspiciously lower than I expected them to be so far, even knowing there is a month left to go. Some things still have zero bids.

Maybe not everyone loves paper ephemera as much as I do? Oh no, it is TERRIBLY irresponsible to give me this kind of hope...because I could honestly afford and justify spending up to $500 on an auction. Which I might have to given the insanity of the additional fees including taxes, shipping/handling, shipping insurance and a flat "20% of the winning bid buyer's premium" which WHAT EVEN IS THAT. The seller of the item should have to hand over part of their profits if they want to outsource the administration, not extort the buyers.

Also, there is a whole website dedicated to it now, whoops: gleetheauction.com ]

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pianogurl330
Aug. 20th, 2015 08:36 pm (UTC)
Oh wow I'm going to have to check this out now! I wonder why there's so much, was the cast allowed to take anything or they didn't want this stuff?
rainbowstevie
Aug. 20th, 2015 11:36 pm (UTC)
You're right, there is a lot! Now I'm curious what other shows do with all the stuff after they end; I know some things are warehoused or were rentals in the first place, but there must be stuff left over.

I'm sure the cast was still allowed to choose things they wanted. There are probably end-of-series interviews where they were asked what they kept, I just wasn't reading anything like that. But I know someone mentioned that the reason there's not really any Finn memorabilia is because the cast took most of it.
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