CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions‘ Enter the Matrix: The Wachowski Collection auction, scheduled for Thursday, May 12, will offer memorabilia, props, awards and concept art from the archives of Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski. This sale includes items from cult classic movies including The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Sense8, Jupiter Ascending and Cloud Atlas, with all profits going to the Protect and Defend Trans Youth Fund, which provides direct services and funds to at-risk trans youth throughout the country. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Screen-used props from the Wachowskis’ signature films should claim several of the top lot slots, among them a Neo-Seoul Speeder from Cloud Atlas, estimated at $6,000-$8,000. This original police speeder with attachments was used by authorities in the futuristic dystopian city of 2144 Neo-Seoul and can be seen during Sonmi-451’s (Bae Doona’s) escape.
Another clear standout is a lightning rifle prop from The Matrix, estimated at $2,000-$4,000. This resin, rubber and foam weapon was wielded by Cypher (Joe Pantoliano) against Tank (Marcus Chong) and Dozer (Anthony Ray Parker) when he reveals himself as an ally of Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving). It includes a barcode identifying it as property of Ravenswood Kinowerks, Inc.
Still another head-turner is a Viking bust from The Matrix Reloaded, estimated at $1,500-$3,000. This plaster prop appears in the foyer of The Merovingian’s chateau during Neo’s battle against his henchmen. The Viking’s face was modeled after that of supervising art director Hugh Bateup. The bust also appeared in Speed Racer, making it the only prop on offer to appear in two different Wachowski films.
Screen-worn costumes and accessories from the Wachowskis’ collection should draw bidders’ attention. Leading the section is a Balem Abrasax Royal Guard costume from Jupiter Ascending, which carries an estimate of $800-$1,200. This outfit includes an ornately decorated red silicone mask, a cape, pants, chest plate, shirt and boots as worn by Eddie Redmayne, who played the Emperor of the House of Abrasax. The size 13 boots were made by Mountain Horse and are modified with red, silver and black paint with futuristic 3-D detailing.
A second powerful piece shown on screen in Jupiter Ascending is a Balem Abrasax necklace, estimated at $400-$600. This gold-painted resin necklace was worn by the Emperor of the House of Abrasax and measures 5½in in diameter.
Also of note is a full ninja costume from Ninja Assassin, estimated at $300-$500. This outfit includes a mask, robe, sash, cloth gauntlets and boots. It was worn by stunt performer Kim Do Nguyen during action sequences in the film. Nguyen is one of the most in-demand stunt performers today, having appeared in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Alita: Battle Angel, The Avengers, and Tron: Legacy.
Promotional posters for many of the Wachowskis’ signature movies appear in the lineup. Of particular interest is a group of 33 Matrix Reloaded character posters, estimated at $800-$1,200. The collection includes a variety of seven different one-sheet posters depicting Neo (Keanu Reeves), Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), the Twins (Neil and Adrian Rayment), Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Persephone (Monica Belluci). Each measures 40 by 27in and is signed by the Wachowskis.
Also worthy of mention is a group of eight lenticular Speed Racer posters, estimated at $200-$300. They feature a plastic backing and measure 40 by 27in.
Awards, souvenirs and other industry-related treasures from the Wachowskis’ collection round out this exceptional auction. Certain to turn heads is a display from V for Vendetta, estimated at $1,200-$2,000. It includes a plastic mask as sent by V (Hugo Weaving) to the citizens of London in preparation for his final destruction of the Houses of Parliament, framed in a shadow box with a prop British Freight Company box, a ticket to the premiere of V for Vendetta and an invitation to the afterparty.
The final highlight is an American Cinema Editors Award for Best Edited Feature Film, awarded to Zach Staenberg for The Matrix in 1999. Its estimate is $1,000-$2,000. Staenberg won an Academy Award for Best Editing for his work on The Matrix in the same year.
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