Are you important? Do you have means? Connections? Do you like to impress your guests while you all wear powdered wigs and watch the live broadcast of dirty poor kids going all Lord of the Flies on each other? If so, have we got a dinner service for you!
Our colleague Mark Del Vecchio collects auction catalogues for movie props. It’s fun, a great way to kill time wondering if you should sell your car so you can buy an authenticated Blade Runner gun. He turned us onto an auction that fits nicely within our wheelhouse: a porcelain dinner service used in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. This set of twenty gilded plates, bowls and cups bear the emblem of Panem, the dystopian hell-country where the events of the books and films take place. You can see this service in the scene where President Snow (boo! hiss!) confronts one of his cabinet members.
The series is up on Invaluable and is scheduled for auction on May 20.
Whoever designed these did their homework; just compare them to real White House china collections and see for yourself (okay, the Rutherford B. Hayes set is the blobby exception that proves the rule).
The lot is estimated between $600 – $800, which in our opinion is a steal for any kind of fine dining service. The service isn’t quite as cheap as life is in Panem, but then again what is? Great as a conversation piece and for dinner parties, your guests will have a blast trying to guess which glass has the poison in it.
Bill Rodgers is the Managing Editor of cfile.daily.
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