Gaze upon these ob­jects of geek de­sire as Nick Setch­field en­ters the ProP Store vault…

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Delve into a sci-fi trea­sure trove.

We still find trea­sures,” says Stephen Lane, founder and CEO of movie col­lectable spe­cial­ists Prop Store. “I’m all about the cu­ra­tion and preser­va­tion of these things. They’re im­por­tant pieces of cine­matic his­tory.”

Ahead of a live auction this Septem­ber, SFX has been in­vited to ex­plore the com­pany’s hoard of props, cos­tumes and mem­o­ra­bilia. Imag­ine the ware­house at the end of Raiders, re­lo­cated to the Hert­ford­shire coun­try­side and crammed with the kind of mythic arte­facts that make geeks com­bust on sight. Look, there’s an An­gel from the Ark it­self, the orig­i­nal model minia­ture that swirled around In­di­ana Jones…

Founded in 1998, Prop Store sources items from col­lec­tors, the pub­lic, ex-crew mem­bers – and, in­creas­ingly, the stu­dios them­selves.

“It’s tak­ing fan­dom one step fur­ther from buy­ing mer­chan­dise, or get­ting an au­to­graph,” says Lane, who talks us through some of the more lust­wor­thy items in the auction. “You’re di­rectly con­nected to the pro­duc­tion. We ad­vise peo­ple to buy from the heart. Buy some­thing you love, that means some­thing to you.”

And if your wal­let shiv­ers at the prices, you can sim­ply sit back and swoon…

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