Antiques Roadshow expert jokes ‘jealous nerds’ would want valuable Blade Runner movie prop

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Antiques Roadshow US. 

Antiques Roadshow saw a prop from the “cult classic” Blade Runner valued at thousands, with the expert joking of “nerds” wanting it in their own homes.

The owner of a painting featuring a wise cross-legged Asian man told expert Laura Woolley of how her other half paid $2,650 for the item which features in Harrison Ford’s Blade Runner in 1982.

She said: “It’s a piece that my husband purchased out of California through the internet back in the year 2000 from set designers who did the set for Blade Runner, which was everybody’s favourite movie, still now.

“My husband was a big movie buff. He was also in television, as well as public affairs.

“As far as people knew, and were with, they were people who graduated from movie schools in California.

“Movies like Blade Runner were uppermost. When he saw or heard that this picture was for sale, he went on the internet. My husband made an offer, they accepted it.”

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The guest added: “We’ve had it hanging in our home and we think it’s a fine painting regardless of Blade Runner but with Blade Runner and everybody’s love of it, that makes it really exciting.”

This painting can be seen in the background in Rick Deckard’s (played by Harrison Ford) apartment when he is kissing Rachael (Sean Young).

She said that while the item wasn’t heavily featured in the movie, as it does have a “cult following”, there would still be great interest in the painting.

“The most expensive thing that’s ever come out from this film was actually the hero gun that Harrison Ford used in, the blaster, that sold for $225,000, and that was in 2009”, Woolley commented.

“We had one of the painting specialists take a look at it and she believes it may actually be a mixed-media piece.

“She thought it’s possibly an enhanced print done with some paint and pigment.

“We’re not exactly sure but what they told us was, as a painting, it’s probably not too old, it’s probably from the 1950s or 1960s.

“And it’s probably not worth more than $500 to $700 as a painting.”

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The guest also presented Woolley with a copy of the invoice from the set decorators to prove they had purchased it for $720 from a Beverly Hills gallery in 1981, in preparation for the film.

Woolley continued: “Given the fact that this is such a cult classic, today, at auction, we would expect this to sell between $10,000 and $15,000.”

The guest’s initial reaction was to laugh, before saying: “Now that is really exciting! That is truly exciting.

“You know when you hear people say they had no idea and I really didn’t, so this is a marker. This is wonderful. I’m thrilled.”

Woolley then chipped in with a joke of her own, teasing: “You’ve got a lot of jealous nerds out there who would love to see this in their home.”

The pair laughed before the guest hinted that she would be willing to part with the painting for the right price.

She added: “Well, it could be theirs at some point.”

Antiques Roadshow US is available to watch on PBS.


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