Props from the television series Vikings and Game Of Thrones come under the auctioneer’s gavel next Monday (July 26).
The auction will feature thrones and costumes from the six season Amazon Prime and History Channel Norse series, and notably two other items of particular interest: giant candelabras from ‘Game Of Thrones’.
Auctioneer Sean Eacrett, based in Laois, has become synonymous with the auction of Irish film sets and props since 2016.
“I was dealing with a client in the antiques world a few years ago, who mentioned that he was the production manager on ‘Penny Dreadful’, a series that was being filmed in Dublin at the time,” he remembers, “so I suggested that if he ever wanted to sell the props and costumes after filming to let me know, and it turned out he was up for it.”
After the highly successful auction, Sean asked the client: “Why did you choose me?” The production manager replied: “You were the only one that asked.”
The first auction for ‘Penny Dreadful,’ five years ago this month, was a total success, as has every other film or television auction since hosted by Sean Eacrett.
Just about every series to be filmed in Ardmore or Ashford now offer their props and sets to Mr Eacrett for international sale.
“Every film auction has been a 100 per cent sellout,” he says.
And that includes a massive warehouse of props from ‘Into The Badlands’ auctioned last year during the final months of the first lockdown.
Over 6,000 colourful and intriguing props filled the massive conference centre of Killenard Hotel, County Laois, before all went under the online hammer.
These auctions also benefit the Irish film industry, said Mr Eacrett.
“Basically I am selling the props, sets and costumes for them at a commission. Otherwise they would have to be stored or sold cheaply.”
International film clients now include MGM, Showtime and AMC.
Productions have included Dracula Untold, Valhalla, and Ripper Street.
Online brings its own advantages, attracting interest from all over the world.
The biggest buyer for the ‘Into The Badlands’ series clicked in Lithuania to buy two container loads of props, forty foot long each.
“It is now its de rigeur for most auction rooms to use online sites, it’s standard practise,” he says.