The 10 Greatest Finds at the 'Mad Men' Prop Auction
Nothing will bring "Mad Men" back (although we can dream of a reunion special in 10 years), but you can hold onto your piece of it.
When a show ends, cruel as it sounds, it's various cast-offs are generally thrown away, or if the show has as many hard-core fans as "Mad Men" put up on the auction block. This week, the leftovers of the 1960's advertising drama have been put up for sale at the Hollywood auction site Screenbid. Begins today at noon, with most items starting out for a mere $50 - 100.
With a show like "Mad Men" which paid meticulous attention to its period details, the items that went to create Don Draper's world are many and amazing. Here's 10 of our favorites:
1. Lane's pipePhoto Credit:
Ah poor Lane, gone to soon. The description on this reads "Lane loved his tobacco pipes, and this may be the best of the bunch, a glossy wooden piece that comes in a small leather case with a spoon." Opening bid :$50.
2. A painting from Don's apartmentPhoto Credit:
Who doesn't want to live like Don Draper. Description reads: "This gorgeous, wooden-framed abstract painting (no glass) graced the entryway to Don Draper's apartment in "Mad Men." Starting bid: $100
3. Joan's handbagPhoto Credit:
No one has style like Joan. Description: "This simple yet beautiful blue leather handbag comes from Lennox Bags, and features a nob with a swooping design. This one belonged to Joan." Starting bid: $100
4. Pete's Marble Golfer Desk CalendarPhoto Credit: Screenbid
This one says Pete Campbell, in all his awkward strangeness. Description reads: "Did Pete win this? Or did he just think it would look good in his office? Either way, this marble golfer calendar has a rotating feature that allows you to shift the days of the week to fit whatever month it is, and was found on the 38th floor of the Time-Life building." Starting bid: $50
5. Betty's school booksPhoto Credit: Screenbid
Perhaps the most poignant item on the block: Betty's school books. The description reads: "Betty discovered she likely had less than a year to live in the penultimate episode of "Mad Men" ... but that didn't stop her from continuing school. Here we have her school supplies, including a purple three-ring binder and four books: "Identity Youth and Crisis," "The Origins and History of Consciousness," "On Becoming Human," and "The Psychology of Social Movements.""
6. The Burger Chef PresentationPhoto Credit: Screenbid
One of Don's triumphs, immortalized. The description reads: "The people behind the props of Mad Men put an insane amount of detail into the show, evidenced by this SC&P Burger Chef media presentation, which includes budgets, questionnaires, ads and more for the food chain."
7. Missed call messages from MeganPhoto Credit: Screenbid
Description reads: The people behind the props of Mad Men put an insane amount of detail into the show, evidenced by this SC&P Burger Chef media presentation, which includes budgets, questionnaires, ads and more for the food chain.
8. Bert's RobePhoto Credit: Screenbid
There was a man who knew how to wear a housecoat. Description reads: "In the seventh episode of the final season, Bert Cooper wore this long burgundy silk and satin robe made by Shops for Men, while watching the landing on the moon. "
9. Roger's tie-clipPhoto Credit: Screenbid
The auction includes many great Roger artifacts. This one captures him best, Description reads: "This golden (costume jewelry) tie clip has a monogrammed front with the letters "RS." That's right, it belonged to none other than Roger Sterling."
10. The Sterling Cooper Draper Price Coffee MugPhoto Credit: Screenbid
The ultimate memory of the once mighty little firm. "Even an ad agency can use a little marketing. This SCDP branded mug comes from the set of "Mad Men." Starting bid: $100.