If someone paid $57,000 for a beat-up Volkswagen van during last weekend’s “Lost” auction, how much would the goal posts on “Friday Night Lights” be worth? Or Jack McCoy’s desk from “Law and Order”?
The much-publicized “Lost” auction drew hundreds of serious bidders and looky-loos to Santa Monica Airport for the event, which raised more than $1 million for a handful of Hawaii-based charities still to be determined.
ABC has done this type of house-cleaning before when a series says goodbye. Though not to the extent of ‘Lost,” “Ugly Betty” had a similar auction a few months back.
The success of “Lost” brings to mind other shows that might do some good by selling their wares to fans who have watched from Day One. Now that “Friday Night Lights” has finished filming its fifth and final season, there’s a handful of props and paraphernalia that can be auctioned off.
While the show rarely, if ever, shot in a soundstage — the production used actual houses and restaurants in Austin, Texas to give things a greater level of authenticity — there are plenty of goodies to go around: Tim Riggins’ jersey; a Panthers helmet; coach Taylor’s whistle.
“Friday Night Lights” exec producer Peter Berg is very involved in Gridiron Heroes, a charity that helps football players who have been severely injured on the field, and monies raised could be used for the org.