Sweet dreams: Sleep in Jack and Wendy’s bed from The Shining or the sleep pod from Prometheus
You can bid for the actual bed slept in by Jack and Wendy (Jack Nicholson & Shelley Duvall) in room 237 of the Overlook Hotel in The Shining (1980)
Vue Cinemas and the PropStore have teamed up to bring us one of the most exciting live auction of contemporary film props and costumes ever offered in Europe. Of note to Film and Furniture fans is Lot #278 – The Torrance family double bed used in Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic The Shining. This full size bed was seen in various sequences in the film, including the dramatic, axe-wielding finale. The auction catalogue listing assures us that the unique wood grain and markings on this bed screen match exactly. The wood framed bed is in good condition, with its steel wire spring support and castors. The bed originates from a crew member who purchased it from production after filming completed. Dimensions: 200 cm x 140 cm x 140 cm (79” x 55” x 55”). The estimate is £4,000-6,000.
The auction of film and TV artifacts takes place on 16 October 2014 at Vue, Westfield White City, London and also includes original advance and general release UK quad posters from The Shining (estimate £250-300) and a collection of 60 unique lighting test polaroids from the film, not to mention Lot #277 – a final scene photograph used in the concluding moments of the movie where Jack was revealed in a 1921 photograph displayed on the Overlook Hotel’s wall with the text, “Overlook Hotel, July 4th Ball, 1921” written at the bottom. This photo came from the personal collection of one of the editors of the movie. Dimensions: 25 cm x 20 cm (10” x 8”). The estimate is £1,000-1,500.
Or if you prefer to rest your head on something more futuristic then how about the full-size Sleep Pod from Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel Prometheus (2012)? The pod was used in scenes where Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and the other members of the crew woke up on board the Prometheus ship after spending over two years in stasis. Made of rapid-prototyped resin with an MDF and fibreglass frame, the pod features a retractable panel on the top with an interior cabin lined with resin and metal dress-up components. The casing is made of clear acrylic with a white frame. Light-up panels and buttons are present internally and externally. The pod is finished in white and covered in an array of Weyland Corp. decals, safety warnings and code numbers. The pod is marked “SP-5D” on the acrylic panel and “Hypersleep P-05” on its main computer. Yellow cushions line the interior of the piece. Electronics are installed throughout, including a series of white LED strip lights, control panels and computer consoles, all of which remain functional. Dimensions: 250 cm x 140 cm x 90 cm (98½” x 55” x 35½”). The estimate is £3,000-5,000
It really is an incredible collection of items on sale – view the full catalogue here >
A selection of over 200 lots will be on exhibit at Vue between 1st October and 16th October.