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They auctioned off “Wilson”, Tom Hanks’ ball in “Castaway”, for 310 thousand dollars

In addition to the character played by Tom Hanks, in Castaway there is “someone else” who is as important as the actor in that film: “Wilson.” The famous ball to which the protagonist spoke so as not to go crazy was auctioned in a well-known store. The fan who took her paid $ 310,000.

After 20 years, it was badly damaged but still had the red handprint.

In addition to the character played by Tom Hanks, in Castaway there is “someone else” who is as important as the actor in that film: “Wilson.” The famous ball to which the protagonist spoke so as not to go crazy was auctioned in a well-known store. The fan who took her paid $ 310,000.

In the film directed by Robert Zemeckis, the volleyball is the company of Chuck Noland’s character, played by Hanks, as he is stranded for several years on a desert island after a plane crash.

In what state was “Wilson”, Tom Hanks’s ball in “Castaway” auctioned?

The auction was organized by the Prop Store site on Tuesday, September 9. In the description of the ball, it said: “The off-white leather volleyball is heavily weathered with paint applied to create a dirty appearance. There is a dark brown and red ‘face’ on the front, representing Chuck’s bloody handprint. “

They auctioned off "Wilson", Tom Hanks' ball in "Castaway", for 310 thousand dollars
They auctioned off “Wilson”, Tom Hanks’ ball in “Castaway”, for 310 thousand dollars

Then, he expanded: “He has a pair of discolored ‘eyes, nose and mouth’. The top is opened and a series of tobacco stalks are inserted to reproduce the appearance of hair. There are several stitches on the ragged edges of the front of the ball around the opening.

Referring to the end of the film when Wilson floats in the sea, the publication that was used to auction the ball gave details of the filming of the film that was released in 2000.

“This version of Wilson was placed in the water for long periods of time during filming. Therefore, the overall shape of the ball changed slightly and the ‘facial’ details became somewhat blurry compared to previous shots in the film. “

How many “Wilson” balls were there in the filming of “Castaway”

Tom Hanks was nominated for Best Actor at the 2001 Oscars for his role in Castaway but lost to Russell Crowe, who took home the award for his starring role in Ridley Scott’s Gladiator.

They auctioned off "Wilson", Tom Hanks' ball in "Castaway", for 310 thousand dollars

The ball that was auctioned this week was not the only one used. There were two others, one of which was left by a fan in 2001, shortly after the film’s release, for a value of $ 17,800.

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The Prop Store auction house was founded by Stephen Lane in 1998, out of his fanaticism for cinema. Little by little, the collector was buying accessories and costumes from his favorite movies that he ended up offering in different auctions.

The store has offices in London and Los Angeles, with more than thirty employees who are responsible for selecting each product to finish.

Aldous McEwan

Aldous McEwan writes books, which, considering where you’re reading this, makes perfect sense. He’s best known for writing science fiction, entertainment including the bestseller Redshirts, which won the Hugo Award for Best Novel.

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