Dharma van brings in the money at 'Lost' auction
August 24th, 2010
03:20 PM ET

Dharma van brings in the money at 'Lost' auction

"Lost" fans were willing to pay top dollar at the official auction over the weekend in order to lay claim to the show's memorabilia.

Buyers from more than 50 countries placed their bids on "Lost" treasures during the auction, which was hosted by the California-based company Profiles in History.

Participants placed their bids in hopes of snagging items like the "Pilot" script, which was signed by J.J. Abrams & Damon Lindelof. That piece of "Lost" went to the bidder who offered $15,000 for it, according to a press release from Profiles in History.

Other highlights from the two-day bid-fest includes a few of the "Lost" rides, like the Dharma van, which went for $47,500, while Hurley’s camaro and the Dharma Jeep had winning bids of about $20,000 a piece.

Another item that sold for an impressive $20k is Daniel Faraday’s journal, which contained handwritten notes.

On the comparatively less pricey end, the set chair for Matthew Fox had a top bid of $1,200, and the paperback copy of Sawyer’s "Watership Down" went for $2,750.

Do you think you would've forked over more at the auction, or are you weeping for the bank accounts of these "Lost" fans?

Filed under: Lost • television

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  1. thepropstop

    LOST props and wardrobe and other movie items at


    August 31, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bud

    Damn, I'm glad I've never seen one moment of that show! Really brought the idiots out of the woodwork, didn't it?!!!

    August 25, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • JayMo

      Yeah and the idiots that post on here for no reason, Bud! Maybe Lost was just too much for your little brain. Perhaps you'd be interested in another police drama or hospital drama for the 10 millionth time. Or maybe some Keeping Up With the Kardashians is easier for you figure out. LOST was one of the greatest shows to come out in a LONG time and because you never saw a moment means you can be a hater? Whatever.

      August 25, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. Linda

    Shame on you CNN for allowing these posts to be printed...is no one monitoring? I understand freedom of speech, but this is ridiculous...

    To move on...the auction was a lot of fun to watch on line. I saw where someone from profiles stating that the idea was for anyone who wanted a piece of lost history to be able to get it...said the stuff was going to be "within reach" ... didn't turn out that way...collectibles are highly subjective...what is valuable to you may not be to me...all in all...congrats to the WINNERS. We were all winners up to the very last scene...great series...great ending...subjective...

    August 25, 2010 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kristy

    Who cares how people waste their own money! Throw it away! It's only a bunch of junk anyway, and it's not affecting my bank account! 🙂

    August 25, 2010 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. kevin cassidy

    LOST is OVER ... move on

    August 25, 2010 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dan

    Chads right... the ending was lame. I own season 1-5 of Lost and I have no desire to buy 6 more drink coasters (season 6) It seems that Carlton and Damon just gave up on a the greatest TV series ever. Oh well, maybe they will sell on eBay.

    August 24, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |

    Damon tweeted that he couldn't believe he paid $14,999 for JJ's signature..so I guess he was probably the one who won the Pilot script..

    August 24, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chad

    Lost to the majority of the fans let us down like the final matrix movie. It could have been so much more but kind of fizzled out at the end. This is in the eye of the beholder and while I'm glad it had a happy ending, it didn't satisfy most of us.

    The revenue from DVD sets and other merchandise tanked after the finale. Other successful franchises didn't. Nuff said.

    August 24, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy

      Define "tanked" – Season 6 (lo-def and bluray) and the complete set are in the top 5 at Amazon right now.

      August 25, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • A-man

      Majority my butt...just because you didn't like it, don't create fake stats to try and support your claim. It's okay though, it must of been too complex for you to grasp. I hear 'The Hills' might be easier for you to follow.

      August 25, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Bug

      Agreed. I thought the ending itself was done really well, but as an ending to the entire series, it just didn't make sense.

      August 25, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. kd

    Never watched an episode but followed the frenzy through friends and the media.

    Hey, whatever makes you happy.

    August 24, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Thia

    I hate to admit it, but how cool would that van be to drive to work in. LOL.

    August 24, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Wolfen

    The auction was held within 1/4 mile from my home. And I didn't know about it until I'd seen a little sign as I drove by.

    August 24, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Vinster

    It was held at the "Lost" island.

    How do you get there? Well...

    August 24, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. patisattic

    I was hoping to bid on Charlie's Gibson guitar but missed the opportunity which is very sad! I was and still am a Lost fan. I think the ending was perfect!

    August 24, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Amy

    I would have loved to get a few items from the show. I'm a big fan. Charlie's ring would have been great to own, along with Kate's little plane and some of Sawyer's stuff.

    August 24, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ralph

    I'm just not a big enough fan. While it would be cook to have a Dharma can of beer in my house I would never pay the prices that most fans shell out. But it's your money – do whatever you want with it. I love America.

    August 24, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  16. jim

    It was held at a Santa Monica Airport Hangar

    August 24, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |


    August 24, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  18. CC

    Where exactly is all of this auction money going? Are they donating it to charity? Or is ABC just keeping it? Greedy.

    August 24, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny

      It's not greedy. Think about all the props they've made for shows that cannot be reused or bought at an auction. That's just money that is wasted away. If people want the props, there's nothing wrong with selling them or auctioning them off. If I had the extra cash, I'd pick up the Dharma Bus, KITT from Knight Rider, and BA's van from the A Team...

      August 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      I love when someone attaches a moral obligation to a complete stranger's finances.

      Here's a list of organizations that ABC has partnered with, recently: http://abc.go.com/site/a-better-community/organizations

      Come back with your snide comments when you're having anywhere near the same impact. If any.

      August 25, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • bucky

      I'm sure the poor prop makers were left penniless until they were able to raffle off the props they labored over. Let 'em sell the junk to a bunch of people with no imagination/nothing better to do with their $$$ than buy a VW bus for 10x what its worth because they saw it on TV.

      August 25, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  19. The_Mick

    $20K for the Dharma Jeep? Wish I was there wherever that was: this poorly written article doesn't bother to give us the location.

    August 24, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Tom

    The ending didn't reveal the real story: that the people were all trapped inside a giant simulation game.

    August 24, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  21. April Donahoo

    I was at the auction both days this past weekend. 99% of the attendees didn't bid on anything because the bids were outragous!

    August 24, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  22. portalpunk


    August 24, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gregg S

      His name is Portal Punk. I think that says it all...

      August 24, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lone

      That's almost a paradox. Unless Im missing a reference or you've only been watching Dr. Who episodes there is no point at which you can be exposed to great Sci-Fi in general and not trip over a US writer half the time.

      August 24, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Ralph

    Lol that's nice trollwork by you John.

    August 24, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Ron

    Too bad the show tanked at the end. They probably could have made a mint if the story line didn't completely suck at the end.

    August 24, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  25. John

    Katie, get a job.

    August 24, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      Seriously? Are we in High School?

      August 24, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacob

      Katie made her choice John.

      August 24, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      John, get a clue.

      August 24, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I'm pretty sure he's joking guys. relax.

      August 24, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moon

      I bet John is the one who either doesn't have a job or has a $10 an hour job.

      August 25, 2010 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Thanks for the sound advice, John, but I already work 40 hours a week and half of my paycheck goes to paying off the student loans that put me through college so I could GET this job. If only I were as wise as you, maybe just the simple act of getting a job in this economy would afford me the spare change to drop $47,500.00 on a television prop. Go back to you Mom’s basement and play World of Warcraft.

      August 25, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  26. Katie

    Must be nice to have that kind of money.

    August 24, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |

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