With the 85th Academy Awards around the corner, I took a look through Antiques Roadshow's archives to pick some of my favorite appraisals featuring items connected to Oscar-winning movies and stars. Whether we're in Los Angeles or Louisville, the cities we visit never fail to deliver something special from Hollywood.
As collectibles appraiser Laura Woolley has noted, movie memorabilia is often made of very simple materials. Take, for example, Jack Nicholson's beanie from "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." If you were to buy a hat like this at a store, it might set you back $20. But because Jack wore this particular hat when he played his Oscar-winning role as Randle Patrick "Mac" McMurphy, it was valued with other memorabilia from the movie at $4,000 to $5,000.
What these pieces do best is give us a behind-the-scenes look, often with first-person stories: in many segments our guests received their items as gifts from the stars themselves! And who knows - maybe in another several decades we'll be taking a look at memorabilia from "Les Misérables" or "Argo." We'll just have to wait and see.
Click through the slideshow to see six items related to the Oscars from Antique's Roadshow's archives.
"”Rosemary's” Baby is on everyone's top-10 list of horror films and Clem Hall is one of the reasons why. The lucky owner of this drawing received it directly from Hall himself decades ago. As was the practice of the time, the drawings weren't saved — this one was rescued on its way to the garbage — when the current owner was giving tours on Paramount Picture's lot. The drawing captures That Rosemary Baby's creepy factor and is a truly rare survivor. " http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/201101T13.html
"If it weren't for Margaret Mitchell, Clark Gable would not have had the chance to utter the number one movie line of all time: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." Our guest's aunt was David O. Selznick's technical adviser and production notes fill the book — with the film's 13 nominations and 10 wins, there are clues in those scrawl-covered pages for the magic that resulted — along with autographs by the stars and Mitchell herself." http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/201105A43.html
"It's not often that one gets to see a six-figure dress. This fabulous "costume" was created by Oscar-winning costume designer, Orry-Kelly. Marilyn was tiny as this slim-cut dress reminds us. I'd be tempted to try this on if it was mine, but no one wants to play "who wore it best?" when Marilyn is the competition." http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/200801A38.html
Meryl Streep is the only other actress to receive more Oscar nominations than Katharine Hepburn. With four wins, Hepburn still tops the list for those who got to take home the statue. Her extraordinary talent didn't stop there. She was also an artist and gifted her paintings to friends</a> — this guest was one of those lucky recipients. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/200806A19.html
"Who doesn't love The Duke? John Wayne is an American icon and we were lucky enough to meet the son of Wayne's decades-long partner. A partner in movie making? Why no. Our hero dabbled in catering with this guest's father. Who knew?!" http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/200404A09.html
'If you've seen this film you'll never forget it — no wonder Jack Nicholson won for Best Actor. Our guest is a die-hard Nicholson fan who said she'd give it all up for a night on the town with Jack. Jack, are you listening? We appraised this collection for 4,000 to $6,000. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/201103T15.html
Tune into Antiques Roadshow Monday nights at 8/7C on PBS. To learn more about these items, visit www.pbs.org/antiques
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