I don't think it has been announced here, so here it goes : the Great Maker JMS will sell some of his B5 stuff over at eBay this week under the user ID of "babylon5auctions". Here's his message :
Good hunting to all the collectors.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: from jms: too damned much stuff To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated Date: 4/9/2005 9:11:29 AM Okay. That's it. I give up. Over the last few days, I've been trying to sort through the tons of boxes that have for the most part been sitting in storage for the last several years to try and find space for all this stuff, and there just isn't any. The floors are wall-to-wall with boxes, crates, palletes, you name it, the detritus of decades of making shows and writing comics and being a pack-rack. It has literally grown to overflow two rental storage facilities. I have reached the point best expressed by Oscar Wilde's last words: "Either that wallpaper goes, or I do." There's just no room, and I'm going insane. So I'm going to have a yard sale. Now, understand, the majority of this stuff will never leaving my hands, and for those I have set aside places here at the house...the statue of the B5 station that sat for five years on the desk of every commanding officer on B5...the actual prop Book of G'Kar...a number of props and bits of memorabilia that have honored places here. But a lot of the rest is going to go out the door, because either that wallpaper goes, or...well, you get the idea. It's going to be kind of a JMS retrospective in some ways, because as I said, this stuff covers decades...from memorabilia and storyboards for the Ghostbusters, He-Man and Captain Power series, original scripts from Twilight Zone and Murder, She Wrote...but the bulk of it is B5 stuff. There are the actual script books I used during production, into which I shoved the script I was working on, the breakdowns, shooting schedules, any storyboards that were needed...the whole thing, in one book per episode, some of which still have my original notations. There are episodic dailies tapes, with takes and bits not previously seen anywhere, posters, publicity material, a ton of stuff. Props from the show, from my personal collection, where I have doubles or just no place for them anymore. (One of the things I'm letting go traces back to the pilot. Not sure if the show would ever actually go, I paid the wardrobe department to make me a B5 captain's uniform. I know, I know, I'm the ultimate geek, but there you are. Suffice to say given the passage of time and calories, there's no way on god's green earth that that uniform is ever going to fit. Not that I ever wore it past the initial fitting, but for sure it ain't gonna happen now. So that's on its way out.) Another prime item is going to be one of two huge original art pieces that the late Peter Ledger did for me to help sell B5 itself, big, elaborate paintings, signed by Peter. The one I won't sell is the first painting of the B5 station itself from the outside; the one I just don't have room for is the very first visualization/painting of the Garden area, with the core shuttle, folks floating around, and in the bar, a fight breaking out between humans and aliens, with an early version of Garibaldi in the thick of it. There's caps, and a disco-style prototype of a B5 crew jacket, a few of the original blue key B5 symbol t-shirts made up before we did the pilot and given out at a couple of conventions, an assortment of souvenirs and some truly, truly weird shit, some of which nobody's ever heard of before, let alone seen. I'm still holding on to about 75% of the stuff, but the other 25% has got to go. So starting sometime probably next week, the week of the 11th, and from time to time over the next month or so, keep an eye on Ebay. (I'm playing with the idea of doing this chronologically, from the earliest stuff to the latter stuff, but I don't know if I'm disciplined enough for that.) I likely won't put this stuff up every day, only when and as I think of it. So you may have days pass with nothing, then a day when four or five items go up. The Ebay user ID is babylon5auctions. Once I've cleared out enough room to actually see the floor again, the auctions will stop and that user ID will go away. Let the games begin. jms