7 World-Famous Movie Props That Were Just Thrown Away

One of the overlooked benefits of CGI is that filmmakers have significantly less crap cluttering their sets. Whenever you have to period-drama up a bunch of extras or make an actor exert Excalibur or the Holy Grail, all those dress and props have to go somewhere . And since studios aren’t often in the habit of letting people waltz off with their stuff, that “somewhere” is usually the trash can.

And that’s why so many iconic pieces of pop culture memorabilia wound up gratifying hilariously undignified fates. Like how …

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Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan Robe Got Rented Out As A Monk Costume

For all the credit we give the Jedi for their wisdom and mental lucidity, they sure as heck didn’t dress themselves all too practically. Why did Anakin wear what sometimes looked like a straight coat to pilot spacecraft? Why did Yoda not utilize a bit more mosquito netting on Dagobah? The lone exception to this is probably Sir Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan Kenobi, who more or less figured out what appropriate desert garb was.

Lucasfilm The relaxed pose of a human clearly not wearing underwear.

You’d think that type of costume would be saved for posterity by someone, perhaps George Lucas himself. Nope! They devoted it away, and not even to some half-crazed Star Wars fan who would preserve it in a bulletproof walk-in humidor. After filming had wrapped up, Obi-Wan’s robe was sent to a costume shop in London and stored with a bunch of other monk costumes. People could rent it out for movies or costume parties or, we guess, joining a convent and praying. Someone likely try our best to rent it to go as Obi-Wan one Halloween, but everyone thought it was a hobo garb( well, they weren’t completely wrong ). Even worse, it was once rented out as an extra’s garb in The Mummy . The store had no clue what sacrilege they were committing.

It really does raise the question of how many people were renting monk attires. Is there some sort of cult scene in London that nobody’s paying attention to? Regardless, the Kenobi Robe-y eventually got its due after a routine dress-up day inventory check in the costume shop uncovered the history of the garment, which proceeded to sell for $80,000.

Bonhams Also, it turned out Hayden Christensen had been hiding in there since 2005.

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The Trunk From John Wick Aimed Up On Craigslist

Craigslist is sort of the Keanu Reeves of the internet, in that it appears quiet and unassuming, but can wreak unfettered havoc when it am willing to. So allow us to tell you the story of the intertwine of Keanu’s lauded John Wick and Craigslist.

After noticing a tweet about a Craigslist link, writer Scott Meslow discovered that someone was desperately trying to get rid of a particular prop from the define of John Wick : the giant trunk in which John hides enough handguns to take over a small Central American nation.

Summit Entertainment And that’s how we got the nation of Wickaguay.

Figuring it’d be no big deal and also cool to own a piece from the movie( or simply something Keanu has touched ), Meslow replied to the ad saying he’d be happy to take it. The original poster, a woman named Kathryn, had bought the trunk directly from the situate of the movie, where no one wanted to keep it. Now she’d seen herself in the same boat for some reason.

Scott Meslow There’s a painting of an aged Keanu in there, isn’t there?

Wait, we get it. It’s because it’s too high to put your feet up on. Your ottoman should not be bigger than your sectional. That’s like Interior Decorating 101. Anyway, Kathryn advised Meslow that he’d likely have to bringing a couple of strong friends along, as holy cats, that chest weighed a lot , and one of Meslow’s first supposes was, “John Wick could probably hide a couple of bodies in here.”

After being talked out of dragging the damn thing across Brooklyn back to his apartment, Meslow and his friends hoisted it up into the back of an UberX, because this is still New York City, and it scoffs at the idea of anyone owning a pickup. They then had to wave off someone who wanted to buy it outside their front door before separating it into two pieces and carrying it up their stairs.

Scott Meslow Perfect for sledding down the stairs when you’re in a hurry.

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Captain Kirk’s Original Chair From Star Trek Got Pulled Out Of A Dumpster And Stuck In Some Guy’s Home Bar

Star Trek is the type of demonstrated that deserves to be memorialized for all time, and if Trekkies have anything to say about it, we’d get full-sized museums dedicated to each and every one of its props at some phase. Sadly, there are a few set pieces that are probably never going to be on display anywhere.

Back in the ‘6 0s, a whole bunch of Star Trek situateds and props were donated to UCLA, the reasoning being that there might be some way for the movie school there to take care of them( or at the very least, shoot some interesting student shorts ). UCLA said “thanks” and then hurled it all out, probably to make room for a receptacle full of Gilligan’s caps. For decades, all those historic materials were thought to be lost. That is, until Trek actor George Takei met a woman on a cruise who said she had Captain Kirk’s famous command chair sitting in her house.

CBS Television Distribution “I can’t even go near it or I instantaneously get pregnant.”

Her husband, bless his heart, had rescued the chair from a near-certain aim 30 years earlier. That said, it’s not like the chair got a dignified retirement. The human put it in his home bar, where it dutifully did its undertaking of “being a chair” for three decades. The most fun thing to happen to the chair was that the guy reprogrammed it to open and close his curtains.

Finally, after Takei confirmed that it was the real deal, the chair went to auction and sold for a little over $300,000 — more than the Star Trek folks ever spent on a situate, ever. Today it sits in Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture, for some reason surrounded by a bunch of Tribble corpses.

Peter Collins That’s a very fancy bathroom, even for a museum.

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Sean Astin’s Mom Probably Threw Away His Goonies Map

The Goonies is arguably the best movie about a quest for hidden treasure not starring Nicolas Cage. Instead, a much more Hobbit-sized Sean Astin plays a kid named Mikey who sees a rich map and persuades his friends to risk their own lives for a bunch of shitty trinkets.

That treasure map was important enough that Astin kinda snuck it off the situate and maintained it for himself, as actors are wont to do with their props. Regrettably, he didn’t think it was important enough to, we dunno, frame or anything. So like your stepdad’s tax returns, it constructed its way into some kind of shoe-box-based filing system, never to be seen again.

Warner Bros. Pictures Should have described a map depicting where he kept the map.

When he was 18, Astin moved out of his mom’s house, and naturally left a whole bunch of his junk behind. Said junk moved with his mom when she did, but according to Astin, the map wasn’t in any of the boxes after the move. He did eventually find the movie’s old skull and crossbones key in a bin his papa sent him, but no map. As far as he can tell, his mommy threw it away, a “friend” stole it from his room, or Nicolas Cage took it for a heist.

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The Main Puppet From Labyrinth Aimed Up As Lost Luggage

The 1986 movie Labyrinth was the magical combination of the talents of Jim Henson, George Lucas, and David Bowie( ‘s penis ). Henson, of course, is best uknown for fathering The Muppets , and this movie involved the establishment of his most complex marionette up to that phase: Hoggle. It took four operators and 18 motors simply to control his facial expressions, and that’s on top of the actress who played him. The insane amount of work involved should have bought the marionette a ticket straight to the Smithsonian, but Hoggle ended up in quite a different museum.

See, after filming wrapped, Hoggle was lost in transit and eventually began to … welp, there’s no nice route to say this. Before he could be rescued by the Unclaimed Baggage Museum in Scottsboro, Alabama, Hoggle started to rot.

Sowatzka’s Dolls Just like your soul upon ensure these photos.

Since he now looked fairly frightening, it’s appropriate that the Unclaimed Baggage people referred Hoggle to a team of doll restoration experts( who probably see more traumatizing things every day ). They painstakingly brought him back to his former glory, even fixing his speech controls, in case anyone would dare attain him talk ever again. We’ll pass. Those eyes have insured things, man.

Today he sits upright in a glass enclosing, where nothing can harm him. And vice-versa.

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A Guy Paid $ 20 To Rescue Scarlett O’Hara’s Gone With The Wind Dress From The Trash

Gone With The Wind used to be a movie about historical events, and now it is an historical event. Virtually 80 years later, it’s still the highest-grossing film of all time when adjustments to inflation. And parts of it keep turning up as garbage. We previously told you how the whole plantation set was rotting in a barn, but we didn’t mention the fate of this iconic dress worn by Vivien Leigh 😛 TAGEND

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a- DAMN, that’s a cool dress.”

Though it’d likely look out of place at senior prom, that’s still a timeless garment. Surely there’d be another period piece out someday starring an actress approximately the same size as Leigh? Nah , not worth saving, apparently. In the early ‘6 0s, a human named James Tumblin spotted the dress on the floor of a Hollywood garb company, and was told not to bother picking it up because it was headed for the dumpster. However, as an expert in cinematic dress, Tumblin was able to spot the subtle clues that indicated this might be Scarlett’s production dress, such as the “Selznick International Pictures” tag or the fact that it literally had “Scarlett production dress” written on it.

Tumblin asked if he could buy the dress, and ended up paying a quick $20 for it. Fast-forward a few decades, and Tumblin had a bit of a GWTW collection running. In 2015, he put the dress up for auction, where it sold for $137,000. That’s the kind of profit margin Antiques Roadshow fans was simply dream of.

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A Loch Ness Monster Prop Ended Up Underwater For 45 Years, Was Mistaken For The Loch Ness Monster

Sherlock Holmes has had some insane adventures over the years, but few were more out there than The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes , a 1970 film about two brothers trying to hide a WWI submarine by disguising it as the Loch Ness monster.

United Artists Still more plausible than the Robert Downey Jr. movies.

The original scheme was to build a floating Nessie, but the production people decided to get all imagination and put in some humps. Despite warnings from people who knew how drifting works, the humps were deemed “a good notion, ” and promptly caused the Nessie prop to capsize. This wasn’t some dinky five-dollar foot-long assortment sea monster, either — it was a whopping 30 feet. When this sucker sank, it really sank.

The movie continued with a smaller Nessie prop, and everyone forgot about the one that drowned. That is, until a crew looking for an imaginary sea ogre in the year( we can’t believe we have to note this) 2016 sent out an underwater drone and collectively soiled themselves at what appeared to be a bona fide Nessie corpse.

Kongsberg Maritime Or a rather large turd.

Obviously, it turned out to be the prop, but this is probably only going to enable amateur cryptozoologists even further. Tune in next year when the shallow tomb of a family’s dog is thought to contain the Jersey Devil.

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