Soylent Green prop from 1972 movie sold at auction for $2250

Above, a Soylent Green can and cracker that sold at auction in November for $2250. The cracker is a small piece of balsa wood painted lime green.

I'm a huge fan of the 1973 movie, starring Charlton Heston and Edward G Robinson. (It was Robinson's final film, and he gave a great performance as Heston's elderly pal, Sol). Chuck Braverman's opening title sequence is a classic piece of 1970s filmmaking. The movie is based on a science fiction novel called Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison, which I read in a single summer day when I was in the 7th grade

I'm glad I didn't know about this auction until it was over, otherwise I might have been stupid enough to buy it.

Lot 275: A SOYLENT GREEN CAN AND CRACKER (Via Meine Kleine Fabrik)

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  1. Soylent Green is balsa! Soylent Green is balsa!

  2. websta says:

    I don't see what's so surprising that Soylent Green is people.

    Because everything is.

    For example:

    "Boing Boing is People!"

    "The Internet is People!"

    "The World is People!"

    See? "Everything is People!"

  3. MarjaE says:

    Soylent Green isn't plankton! Soylent Green isn't plankton!

    And is it just me, or does the label suggest that they've already overfished the plankton stocks of the oceans of the world? can we stop overfishing before that, or is this another dystopia our greedy overlords intend to implement [alongside 1984, since it was easier than Brave New World, and alongside... damn are there any dystopias like the prison-industrial complex? I suppose I should be thankful we're not in Genesis of the Daleks.].

  4. Fish! Plankton! And Protein from the Sea! Oops, wrong movie right era.

  5. Our dogs always loved People Crackers...

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