August 12th, 2010
06:00 PM ET
A building in an office park in the rolling hills of Calabasas, California is the last place in the world you'd expect to find some of the most iconic props and costumes from "Lost."
What were they doing there? Hmmm... maybe we should wait six years and let you go mad pondering that mysterious question and then not answer it. Oh, don't fret, we wouldn't do that - we're not that cruel.
The building was the headquarters of Profiles in History, a company that auctions off Hollywood memorabilia. They're putting thousands of actual "Lost" items used on the show on the auction block later this month, and we were there to get a sneak peek at the collection.
My cameraman and I started off in the parking lot, where one of the famous sky blue Dharma VW vans was parked, and of course we couldn't resist; we had to hop in. Someone (A crew member? Daniel Day Kim?) had left a yellowed sunbaked April 2010 copy of the Honolulu Advertiser newspaper in there. It was like a mini-time capsule and a cool geek moment, I have to admit.
Inside, Profiles in History CEO Joe Maddalena took us through the collection. We picked up Locke's Bowie knife; thumbed through Daniel Farraday's time travel notebook (I don't know a thing about physics but it sure looked authentic to me!); checked out Locke's California driver's license (complete with San Francisco address); read Sawyer's childhood letter to, uh, Sawyer; gazed at heroin-filled Virgin Mary statues; and gingerly handled, um, a nuclear bomb. All of these were incredibly detailed and a testament to the talents of the show's propmakers.
Maddalena also showed us their costume collection. He said that wherever he goes, the one that gets the most attention is the Dharma jumpsuit worn by Sawyer back in the 1970s (or should I say James LaFleur).
Will that indeed fetch top dollar or will Jack's duds get a bigger bid? The answers to those questions and more will all be answered (they really mean it this time) at the auction on August 21-22.
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