Prop Store kicked off their three day auction of movie memorabilia with one of the biggest items of the available lots: the iconic Fedora of Indiana Jones worn by Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom. Expected to sell for around $250,000, the final selling price of the item was $300,000 ($375,000 when all the premiums were taken into account). This is a bit less than the $500,000 price tag that a similar hat from Raiders of The Lost Ark fetched in 2015, but a sequel rarely does as well as the original.
The hat, which was specially made for the second Indiana Jones adventure in 1984, was described in the auction pack as, "Created by Herbert Johnson Hat Company, who also did the hats for Raiders of the Lost Ark, the fedora was a slight update on the original film's version. Costume designer Anthony Powell and assistant costume designer Joanna Johnston worked closely with Herbert Johnson on the update that incorporated a more tapered crown than the prior film. The fedora is in excellent condition, showing light wear with some signs of age, and comes stored in a plastic hat box. Dimensions: 13″ x 12″ x 6″ (33 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm)."
While the prop auction contains thousands of other items, including vehicles, costumes and more, it was the Fedora that was expected to bring the highest amount, and it looks like it hasn't disappointed. Other Indiana Jones related items to sell were a clapperboard from Raiders Of The Lost Ark, which went for $27,500, a Peruvian Temple Arrow that brought $7,000 and a rolled one sheet for Raiders, signed by Ford, which went for a reasonable $3,000.
With Indiana Jones 5 deep into filming, there probably couldn't have been a better time for the screen-worn prop to come up for sale, as everyone is eagerly awaiting Harrison Ford's final outing as the action hero archaeologist. While the 78 year old actor has seemed sprightly on set, Ford sustained a shoulder injury while rehearsing a fight scene last week which saw changes being made to the shooting schedule to accommodate his recovery. Although Ford is not expected to be doing many of the biggest stunts his character is involved in, he doesn't shy away from doing what he can.
Indiana Jones 5, which is still awaiting its official title, is directed by James Mangold, making it the first Jones movie to not involve either George Lucas or Steven Spielberg. However, Ford has made it clear that this does not mean that he and the team working on the movie aren't just as committed as ever to telling the best story they can. Ford spoke in an interview a couple of months ago with Hey U Guys, saying that he wanted to give fans of the franchise what they wanted to see on screen, but acknowledged that while some late franchise installments can come with disappointment he didn't see that happening with Indiana Jones.
In the interview he said, "Well, we're not going to make another Indiana Jones unless we're in a position to kill it. We want it to be the best. So we've got some scheduling issues, a few script things still to do, but we're determined to get it right before we get it made." Indiana Jones 5 is currently due to arrive in theaters on July 29, 2022.