Mad Men fans have a chance to own a piece of Don Draper’s past — for a price. Some of the most memorable props from the Emmy-winning AMC period drama are up for grabs in an auction hosted by ScreenBid.
According to the New York Times, the auction site previously offered 1,200 small Mad Men props and wardrobe pieces, but this time, more than 1,500 iconic Mad Men items will be up for grabs. Many of the Mad Men items were recently on display at the Museum of Moving Image in New York and at Modernism Week in California.
Some of the biggest Mad Men items on the block include the globe-shaped bar cart used by Sterling Cooper Draper Price account executive Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser), as well as Megan Draper’s (Jessica Pare) shoe cabinet, including those stylish late 1960s shoes.
In addition, items from the Mad Men ad agency’s all-important typewriter stash will be available, including the IBM Selectric used by the office secretarial pool. And remember that scene when Peggy Olsen (Elisabeth Moss) moved her stuff out of her ad agency office while rockin’ a ’60s swagger with a cigarette in her mouth? That moving banker box is also for sale, and it still houses Peggy’s jar of instant coffee, a stapler, and several other items.
Books are always big auction business, so Don Draper’s copy of Dante’s The Inferno will likely fetch a pretty penny, as will the engagement ring he gave to his first wife, Betty (January Jones).
But the biggest item up for auction is Don Draper’s (Jon Hamm) 1964 Imperial Crown Chrysler convertible from the Mad Men Season 4 episode “The Good News.” Don cruised the car to California to see Anna Draper, only to get some bad news. Only 921 other Imperial Crowns like this were ever created, so it’s suitable for not only Mad Men buffs but also for auto enthusiasts in general.
ScreenBid has hosted some big name TV memorabilia auctions in the past, previously unloading props from Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, and Empire. To get an idea of price point, ScreenBid’s chairman, Bill Block, said past props have typically sold for about twice their cost.
During its seven seasons on AMC, Mad Men was known for its extraordinary attention to detail. Vanity Fair once noted that Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner’s obsession with detail was so great that he banished large, shiny pieces of fruit from the set because he said produce from the 1960s wasn’t as pretty as modern-day fruit. That said, expect the auction items to be authentic. They even come with a certificate of authenticity from Lionsgate Television.
While the Mad Men auction will feature some of the biggest and the best props from the AMC show, Weiner did scoop up some of his favorite items for himself after the show wrapped. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Weiner said he snagged Pete Campbell’s telegram about his mother’s death and Don Draper’s prestigious Clio award. He also took home the bar that was in Roger Sterling’s (John Slattery) office.
“I know [set decorator] Claudette Didul bought it on Etsy or somewhere, but I wonder whose it was before it ended up in Roger Sterling’s office? Now it’s in my office at home,” Weiner said.
Anybody mind if I go full Roger Sterling and crack open the office bar? pic.twitter.com/HDW3sr6rfw— Chad Willis (@ChadWillis) December 16, 2014
More than 50 items from Mad Men have also been donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington D.C.
The Mad Men auction begins June 1.
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