Friends fans, it’s an exciting time to be an enthusiast of this popular sitcom! This year is the 25th anniversary of the show’s first airing in 1994. Courteney, David, Jennifer, Lisa, Matt and Matthew are on social media sharing photos of their gatherings with us. Pop-ups are happening across the country. Even Pottery Barn brought back the Apothecary Table, which was featured prominently in Season 6, Episode 11. And now, fans, prepare yourselves…Warner Bros Television is teaming up with Prop Store to auction the props, costumes, and authorized reproductions used on the Friends TV show!! Proceeds from this auction, which runs from December 3 to 17, 2019, will benefit the Trevor Project. Yes, you have the chance to own an official item from Friends. Scene Goodies interviewed Prop Store’s Matt Truex to get the scoop about this rare event. I also have some tips for you at the end that you MUST read before participating in the auction.
Matt Truex is the Marketing Manager for Prop Store US, which is running the official auction. He is a collector and prop builder in his free time. He is originally from the Jersey Shore before he moved to Los Angeles, where he joined the company in 2012. Like many of us, Matt is also a fan of Friends! He’s so lucky to be seeing and handling the memorabilia that we all covet. Scene Goodies asked Matt the following questions.
Question: How did Prop Store get involved with Warner Bros Television to bring us this Friends auction?
Answer: We had been lucky enough to work with Warner Brothers Archives in a past auction to sell some amazing pieces (among them was Christian Bale’s “batpod” motorcycle from the The Dark Knight), so when the opportunity came up to do something for the Friends 25th anniversary, we were obviously eager to take the project and auction pieces from what is probably the most popular sitcom of all time.
Question: As of the second day of the auction, the highest bids so far are for Joey’s “Huggsy” Penguin and all the cast-autographed scripts. Did you expect those items to be at the top?
Answer: As a fan of the show, I absolutely foresee Huggsy being one of the stars of this auction when it ends. Joey’s Huggsy fixation grew organically on the show for so many years that it’s now very much a part of how people remember Joey himself. And the scripts are amazing because, not only are they signed by all six members of the cast (which is incredibly rare) but they are scripts of the pilot and finale episodes, so I expect that they’ll be big winners as well.
Question: What Friends item looks to be the funniest or most outlandish?
Answer: Undoubtedly that title has to go to the Holiday Armadillo display! The piece is a studio-edition authorized reproduction made by the WB prop department to match the original costume in every way, so with the shell and tail and all that, it’s hard to ignore.
Question: Can you tell us about items (like the Armadillo costume) that are labeled as reproductions? How often are prop reproductions done?
Answer: Not often! Rarer still do you see reproductions being offered straight from the studio that made them, so we are incredibly excited to be offering the frames, couch, turkeys, armadillo, and the rest. All are made by WB, with the frames and turkeys actually being created from molds of the original props and finished just like the original props, so they are by far the closest a reproduction can get to the original pieces you could possibly hope for.
Question: Prop Store has witnessed many fans and collectors purchase memorabilia at your past entertainment auctions. What seems to draw them into buying pieces from their favorite shows or movies?
Answer: I imagine the draw is similar to why people like to decorate their homes with furniture they’ve seen on their favorite shows. There is something inherently cool to the properly-nerdy among us about filling your life with pieces of fictional worlds that you love. Prop and costume collectors get the bragging rights though, to say that their pieces are the ones they saw on screen and coveted for however long before they were able to buy it. They’ve seen and thought about the item for sometimes decades before they buy it and add it to their collections, so their relationship with it is undeniable.
Question: What has been the reaction to the Friends auction compared to other shows that Prop Store has auctioned?
Answer: We’ve had an amazing reaction to the Friends auction, thanks to the show’s rabid fans the world over. While comedies are generally not nearly as exciting for collectors as sci-fi/fantasy titles, Friends is definitely the exception that proves the rule.
Question: Name some reasons why Friends TV fans shouldn’t let this auction opportunity pass them by?
Answer: This auction is a one-time chance for Friends fans to get a piece from the series. 25th anniversaries don’t roll around much, and with a reunion being teased it’s likely this is the only time any original Friends pieces will be at auction for many years. Best of luck and happy bidding to anyone out there that joins in!
Thank you for the interview and for sharing your auction insights with us, Matt Truex!
So, fans, take a look at the cool Friends official props and costumes at Prop Store. The auction will run from December 3 to 17, 2019. If you want to bid, you’ll have to register first. You might find the perfect holiday treat for yourself, or you may even put a memorabilia on your wishlist for someone else to give you the gift of Friends! As Matt said, this might be the one-time chance you have to get a piece from the series, so don’t miss out on the opportunity.
If you don’t win an official memorabilia, fear not. You can still get items like the ones used on the show with which you can decorate your home or office! There are posters, dinnerware, decor, and other items featured on the show that are still shoppable today. You can live like your favorite characters even if the products weren’t used on the show. Visit the Friends blogpost to find out where to buy them!
Below are my own tips about the Friends auction. It’s a must-read to get ready for the auction:
- Register for the auction, even if you don’t think you will bid on anything. Registration alone will give you a chance to win a Friends script if you reside in the United States. Read the sweepstakes details.
- Browse through auction offerings and look at the photos of the memorabilia. Feel the nostalgia wash over you. It’s pretty cool to see the details in each of the items.
- Some memorabilia are offered across multiple lots. For example, there are 10 lots of the door picture frame. Keep an eye on all of them.
- Even if you’re the highest bidder at the moment, don’t sit back and assume that you’ll win. Others may bid at the last moment. Be sure to have alarms and reminders for the ending time so that you don’t miss bidding. Make sure you know when the auction ends in your own time zone.
- Conversely, if you plan to bid at the last moment, set those alarms. Personally, I think it’s better to have a bid in.
- If you don’t find a memorabilia that you’re looking for in the catalog, or if you don’t win, you can always visit the Friends section of this website to see where you CAN buy similar items for a more affordable price, even if they weren’t directly used by the actors/actresses.
- Most of all, have fun seeing all the Friends activities happening during the 25th anniversary. Revel in the fact that the Friends community is larger and stronger than ever and there are so many fans of the sitcom like yourself!
Think that you don’t have the money to buy the items? Here are some ideas to get a piece of TV history:
- You can pay the final price in installments. Read the Prop Store FAQ page for details.
- You can tell your loved ones to get you a memorabilia for your present.
- You and some FRIENDS can pool your money together and bid to be co-owners of your favorite memorabilia. Sharing is caring.
- Convince your local coffee shop to bid on the orange couch so that you can hang out there, Central Perk style!
Items for auction
According to Warner Bros, below are the highlights from the upcoming auction that fans and collectors can bid on with estimated sale prices:
- Numbered, limited edition silkscreen coffee cup modeled after the signature image featured on the wall of Central Perk. The print is signed by artist Burton Morris and includes a signed “Friends” catalogue, Est. $3,000
- Studio-edition authorized reproduction of Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) Holiday Armadillo costume, Est. $10,000-15,000
- Studio-edition authorized reproduction of Central Perk orange couch, Est. $6,000-8,000
- Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) and Chandler Bing’s (Matthew Perry) wood canoe and two paddles, Est. $4,000-6,000
- Rachel Green’s (Jennifer Aniston) Hawaiian print dress, Est. $3,000-5,000
- Studio-edition authorized reproduction of door picture frame, Est. $2,000-3,000
- Studio-edition authorized reproduction of turkey with sunglasses, fez and stand, Est. $2,000-3,000
- Ursula Buffay’s (Lisa Kudrow) “Buffay The Vampire Layer” VHS, Est. $1,500-2,500
- Joey Tribbiani’s (Matt LeBlanc) bedtime penguin pal Hugsy, Est. $1,000-1,500
- Monica Geller (Courteney Cox) and Chandler Bing’s (Matthew Perry) wedding invitation set, Est. $1,000-1,500
About Prop Store:
Prop Store sells movie and television memorabilia such as props, costumes, and associated items at live and online auctions. The company was founded by Stephen Lane in 1998, when his love for movies drove him to begin hunting for the same props and costumes that were used to create his favorite films. Today, Prop Store has offices in London and Los Angeles and over 25,000 combined square feet of archived props and costumes, providing fans and collectors with access to their most coveted pieces.
Images Courtesy of Warner Bros. Television and Prop Store.