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This year marks the 80th anniversary of the classic John Huston detective film, The Maltese Falcon. It starred Humphrey Bogart as private investigator Sam Spade on the search of a treasure —- film’s most infamous McGuffin.
The titular statue itself has a strange, storied history. Currently it resides in the private offices of Steve Wynn, he of the casino and resort hotel business. The statue was won at an auction for $4.1 million, the highest ever for movie memorabilia that wasn’t a vehicle (and of those, only the original Batmobile and Bond’s Aston Martin had fetched higher prices). Pretty good for a prop that had only cost $75 to make.
Yet that is only part of the tale of a prop —- which, like, the one in the movie, may not be the authentic item. It could possibly be a movie prop from a 1975 parody film, The Black Bird, that used the same mold as the original.
Or it could be a replica: Steve Wynn’s Falcon is made of lead, and it’s more likely that the one used in the film is made of plaster. (Part of me is filled with a certain glee that Wynn is displaying a fake Falcon alongside his Picasso and Matisse paintings.) There are several Falcons in circulation. One or none may be the real one.
Like the film says: it’s what dreams are made of.
Today’s bonus prompts gives props to the prop masters: what is your favorite movie prop?
Next week: watching movies from home