Zack writes, "Here's your chance to own the stuff that dreams are made of when one of two known lead statuettes from 1941's THE MALTESE FALCON go on the auction block from Bonhams in New York on Nov.25. The 45-lbs. statuette has been confirmed by a Warners archivist and comes with documentation to this effect, though it likely does not contain gold and jewels beneath its exterior. Additional movie memorabilia in this auction series includes Jack Nicholson's Joker outfit from 1989's BATMAN and Michael Keaton's Batsuit from BATMAN RETURNS. It is unknown if the other statuette will turn up, say, a year from now, but if you fail to win this auction and you've been trying to win this bird for, say, 15 years, getting the other will only require an additional expenditure of time of five and fifteen-seventeenths percent. Or you could just buy a cheaper replica off of eBay. They add character to your fireplace mantle.
Warner Bros., 1941. Cast lead with dark patina, figure of a falcon on a pedestal with smooth breast feathers, almond eyes, and rounded tail feathers. With Warner Bros. prop department inventory number "WB 90067" to rear tail feathers and underside. Some scratches to head and chest, lower right tail feather visibly bent. A copy of the DVD of the film and a reproduction still accompany this lot.
Dimensions: 12 in. h. x 4 1/2 in. d. x 5 in. w.
Weight: approx. 45 lbs.
One of two known cast lead statuettes created for use in John Huston's screen version of The Maltese Falcon, the "bent tail feather" bird, and THE ONLY STATUETTE CONFIRMED BY WARNER BROS. ARCHIVES AS HAVING APPEARED ON SCREEN.
The iconic lead statuette of the Maltese Falcon from the 1941 film of the same name
If you’re a student journalist and want to attend HOPE XI, the Eleventh Hackers on Planet Earth conference (July 22-24, NYC) you can win free admission (and an interview with me!) by submitting an article about any of the topics come up at HOPE conferences! Get writing!
Earlier this month, I gave the afternoon keynote at the Internet Archive’s Decentralized Web Summit, and my talk was about how the people who founded the web with the idea of having an open, decentralized system ended up building a system that is increasingly monopolized by a few companies — and how we can prevent the same things from happening next time.
Designer Art Donovan writes, “I’m always looking for new and unique inspiration for my lighting commissions and the latest, cutting edge scientific devices offer a boatload of great design inspiration. From the cool, new ‘James Webb Space Telescope’ to the myriad of complex details in the L.H.P.C. at Cern- it’s a cornucopia of rich imagery.”
Some truths are universal. For one, your phone will always run out of power when you most need it. For another, the charging cords that come packaged with your Apple device will fray, split, and rip faster than Usain Bolt in a game of tag.Instead, pick up a charging cord that anyone would have a tough […]
Some people say magic tricks are nerdy and best left to your 12-year-old asthmatic cousin. But others see value in perfecting the slight of hand and showmanship associated with a perfectly executed routine. We’re firmly in the latter camp. And now, we’re giving you the ability to put a few parlor tricks up your sleeve with the Penguin […]
Bluetooth speakers may be convenient to use, but many of them just aren’t that powerful. Sure, it may be fine if you’re seated in front of the speaker. But move across the room, and you may strain to hear what’s coming from those tiny drivers.There’s a reason why the G-BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Boombox (now $79.99 in the Boing […]