Apr 11 2012

Twelve TV Props I’d Pay Millions to Own

Published by at 12:00 pm under Images,Lists,Television

Last week, when everyone was flipping out about possibly winning $600M in the lottery here in the US, I got to thinking. What would I do if I was seriously, stupidly rich? Like, I wouldn’t bother bending over to pick up a $1,000 ingot on the ground rich.

With infinite wealth you’d hope that the person with it would be charitable, the way a Buffet or a Gates has been with their almost limitless fortunes. But what if you were forbidden from giving ANY money away to anyone, and had to spend it all?

With my love for TV, I thought about what pieces of television history I’d like to own. Famous props that could make up an entire room of my 100,000 square foot mansion. Here are the items I’d pay ungodly amounts of money to own forever.

The TARDIS – Doctor Who


Why not start big? The TARDIS might be one of the most iconic inanimate objects in TV history, so of course I’d throw down a million to have it  as the centerpiece in my collection. And then I’d remove the back wall, so when you walked into it, you’d get the giant inside set, which I also would have bought.

The Octagonal Key – Smallville


Through ten seasons, there was perhaps no object that was more central to practically every grand plotline of Smallville than this damn key. It was destroyed, rebuilt, forged in Kryptonite, but always kept turning up as a plot point like a bad penny.

World’s Best Boss Mug – The Office


I actually own one of these now, and I imagine that NBC makes a fortune selling these at their store in NYC, but to actually drink my morning cup of coffee out of the original mug? Fantastic.

Swanson Shotgun – Parks and Recreation


Since I can’t have his mustache, I figured that I had to take Ron Swanson’s desk-mounted sawed off shotgun instead, where it would indeed adorn my own workspace.

Hiro’s Katana – Heroes


Everyone who thinks they’re “geek cool” probably has a katana somewhere in their house. I’m not making fun, I actually have a Hatori Hanson under my bed as a burglar deterrent. But if we’re sticking to TV, I’d love to get my hands on Hiro’s blade from back when the show was good.

Green Man Suit – It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia


I’ve tried to avoid “outfits” in this list, but the Green Man Suit is too memorable to NOT be worn creepily by a mannequin in my collection.





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25 responses so far

  • Sam

    Hatori Hanson? Was he one of the backup singers? MmmmBop!

  • XenoIrish

    Hatori Hanzo

  • HarshReality79

    Just about any Hero-grade scale filming model from Star Wars, Star Trek, or Serenity. Most notably, Serenity herself, the Executor, the Bird of Prey from IV, and that other ship from Wrath of Kahn

  • David R

    I’d rather have a sonic screwdriver than a TARDIS. I think.

    And I need something from Battlestar Galactica. Maybe a scale model of a Viper? Or Adama’s wooden ship? Not a ton of iconic props from that one either unless I’m forgetting something.

  • Ed

    Farnsworth – Warehouse 13

  • danny P

    you can buy the green suit on internet. just loop up on google for morph suit. I have one of those bought on a webshop.

  • Bad Acid

    ^^^^ Adama’s white paint splattered wifebeater and pants.

    I’d want Dave Lister’s hat from season 3-5 of Red Dwarf. They used it as a prop quite often, even having Lister eat a just-previously discarded breakfast from it.

  • Gil

    I would totally go with most of these. I’d probably add something from the Stargate series like the jaffa weapons or with enough money my own stargate complete with DHD. I’d also need something from Eureka which is sadly about to start it’s final season this summer.

  • Raylan

    Raylan Givens’ stetson cowboy hat.

  • your face

    Dean Winchester’s Impala

  • Bert

    Ditto on Raylan’s hat. It’s like a character unto itself.

  • Bert

    Also, if we’re doing coffee mugs – make mine a “Troy and Abed in the Morning” mug.

  • Mutant Turd

    I’ll take the A-Team van please. Or KITT from Knight Rider.

  • http://designofjosh.com Josh

    @David R: What about the iconic paper/tablets with the cut corners? Or a rank insignia pin? Or one of the pyramid balls?

  • P.C.

    the dog statue from F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

  • Galagara
  • http://nope hallam

    Don Draper’s Cadillac.

  • sam

    you can buy the smallville octagon, and the green spandex suit, and the sword all online somewhere for a lot less than a million…

  • Philippa

    I’d like Jayne Cobb to go, please [gg].

    A TARDIS
    Jayne Cobb’s bunk. Yes, the entire set, with contents.
    Ares’ sword from Xena. A resin copy would be fine.
    Vera
    A dire wolf puppy
    Casey’s bonsai from ‘Chuck’

  • Giauz

    I would go with:

    Conan the Barbarian’s awesome sword

    Return of the Jedi’s and Revenge of the Sith’s Darth Vader helmets
    (so I can put them on and take them off piece by piece to reenact the movie scenes ’cause come on those scenes were both the awesomest moments in history)

    Terminator 2’s Terminator hand

    Joey’s awesome gun and costume from Lost in Space the movie

    A NES, SNES, and a new Gameboy Advance SP (because mine is pretty old) along with full library of all their games that were translated in English

    The Batmobile from Tim Burton’s Batman

    Halo Armor

    And……………………………………………………………………..

    The Buster Sword\ that is all.

  • steppenhahn

    one word – one car:

    DeLorean.

    and i’m talking about one that looks exactly like the one in the movies.

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  • http://www.mandyatlarge.com Mandy

    Damn, now I want a Hatori Hanso sword…

    – I’d also love to have the real I WANT TO BELIEVE poster from the X-files… (My damn mom through away my Fight The Future movie poster… *heartbreak*)

    – And a sculpture from the Beetlejuice movie (or anything).

  • http://www.mandyatlarge.com Mandy

    Oh, and …. a mask, cane, or the giant penis sculpture from A Clock Work Orange…

  • DrajeFeatherwing

    You can easily get your own Green Man suit for about $40 from anywhere that sells morphsuits like that.

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