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Press Release - May 28, 2020
The Villain Gets the Win at ‘The Tick’ Auction as Lobstercules’ Costume, Head Snare $27,500Costumers from Amazon Prime’s cult series fetch thousands apiece as Heritage Auctions, ScreenBid welcome almost 400 bidders to online sale
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Wednesday night, Dallas-based Heritage Auctions teamed up with Los Angeles’ ScreenBid to auction costumes, masks, props and more than 100 other on-screen keepsakes from the acclaimed, short-lived Amazon Prime series The Tick. And more than a quarter of the sale’s remarkable $102,400 haul came from the sale of just two items: the Lobstercules costume worn by the super-strong, bank-robbing humanoid lobster (voiced by Liz Vassey) and, sold separately, Lobstercules’ animatronic head, which adorned what was easily the series’ most elaborate costume.
Each piece sold for $13,750.
Coming close after some heated bidding were the Flag Five Flock Flares given to The Tick, Arthur, Bronze Star, Sage The Supernumerary and Joan of Arc when they’re made members of the Flag Five. The Tick’s watches and cases sold for $9,375.
The Tick, that indestructible big blue marble without a past, was still the star of the show.
His animatronic head sold for $6,875. That’s the same price paid for The Tick’s costume worn during the series’ second season by actor Peter Serafinowicz (Spy, Guardians of the Galaxy).
That costume was the subject of much heated bidding as several of the night’s 374 bidders fought for the eminently wearable keepsake. Another object of many fans and collectors’ desires was Arthur Everest’s Moth Costume: By the time the fast-paced back-and-forth ended between high bidders, it sold for $4,000.
That’s no mere sidekick’s price tag, either. The Tick’s costumes from the pilot episode sold for $3,500; a second sold for $1,875.
"It was a fun and appropriately exhilarating auction,” said Jim Halperin, Heritage Auctions’ Co-Chairman. "We were thrilled by the opportunity to bring this cult comic classic to our community of collectors – and, we believe, some newcomers. We’re always excited by new opportunities to expand the collecting universe.”
Numerous pieces from the series surpassed the thousand-dollar, and not only costumes and masks.
Joan of Arc's Flag Five Dossier Folder, too, sold for $1,875. And the "M” charm worn by crimefighting mutt Midnight barked up $1,375. A copy of the dog’s autobiography Good Intentions went for $687.50 — some light summer reading.
The auction’s complete results are available on the Heritage Auctions’ website after registration.
About Heritage Auctions
Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.
Heritage also enjoys the highest Online dollar volume of any auction house on earth (source: Hiscox Report). The Internet’s most popular auction-house website, HA.com, has more than 1,250,000 registered bidder-members and searchable free archives of five million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos. Reproduction rights routinely granted to media for photo credit.
Based in Los Angeles, ScreenBid is the ultimate destination for fans of TV and film who want to bring a piece of Hollywood home. Partnering with TV and film studios, ScreenBid curates collections of props, wardrobe and production memorabilia directly from hit TV and film productions and makes them available to collectors and fans around the world, all accompanied by a certificate of authenticity directly from the studio. Through their website https://shopscreenbid.com, ScreenBid offers studio-certified, screen-used Hollywood memorabilia and collectibles, connecting fans directly with their favorite television shows and award-winning movies by making available the best props, wardrobe, and production memorabilia.
Robert Wilonsky, Director, Corporate Communications
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