On display was everything from Charlie’s guitar, to the Hurley’s winning lottery ticket, to the actual hatch. Seeing these kitschy artifacts makes you appreciate the excellent work of the show’s directors, special effects gurus and craftsmen who make everything seem so real on television when, in real life, they’re just scraps of paper, pieces of plastic and everyday items.
While there, I watched a few items go up for bid. There was a hundred or so people on site bidding away, and they were in competition with the thousands around the globe who were bidding online. Whenever a person on site won a bid, there was a healthy round of applause.
Among the tchotchkes that were bought while I was watching: one of Locke’s knives, which went for around $3,000; Ben’s passport and assorted papers, $4,000; Jack’s driver’s license, $2,000. Even Jack’s backpack sold in the $900 range. Hopefully the person who won that won won’t be lugging it around every day. That’s what Target is for.
It was great to see how much the show meant to the people at the auction, and will continue to mean to them long after the show said goodbye in May.
For those who couldn’t afford the big-ticket items, there was still a way to take home a bit of the show’s legacy. Bottles of Dharma water were being sold for $1 apiece, and T-shirts went for $15.
My personal favorite was one with a hand imprint and the words “Not Penny’s Boat” in front. Not unless you’re a true “Lostie” would you appreciate the sentiment, but for six seasons being part of that exclusive club is what fans found so enriching.