Film & TV
An 18th-Century Artifact Turned Swashbuckling Prop
Captain Jack Sparrow's Pistols
December 30, 2023
In the fascinating world of Hollywood memorabilia, fans and collectors alike are eagerly eyeing Lot 11 in the upcoming Robots, Wizards, Heroes, & Aliens: Contemporary Hollywood Auction – a pair of screen-matched and photo-matched 18th-century dueling flintlock pistols wielded by none other than Johnny Depp's legendary Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. What makes this lot even more extraordinary is that these pistols are actual 18th-century relics, making them an extra-rare find in the world of film memorabilia.
These outstanding 18th-century dueling firearms were acquired as props for the production of Stranger Tides through the Tortuga Trading Company, an arms dealer who supplied the firearms used in much of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. This marks the first time that hero pistols from the franchise have been offered at auction, making this lot an unparalleled treasure for any Pirates of the Caribbean enthusiast. The pistols are screen-matched to multiple scenes, and are photo-matched to publicity images used to promote the film.
Johnny Depp's portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow has become iconic in the pantheon of cinematic characters. Pirates of the Caribbean stands as one of the biggest film franchises to debut in the 21st century, captivating audiences with its thrilling tales of pirates, curses, and the enigmatic Captain of the Black Pearl.
As we delve into the realm of fantasy and action heroes, it's impossible to ignore the significance of other lots in this auction. Lot 9 brings to the forefront an iconic piece from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – Harrison Ford's machete from the iconic rope bridge scene. Meanwhile, Lot 10 presents a piece of fantasy nostalgia with Arnold Schwarzenegger's Atlantean stunt sword from "Conan the Destroyer." These lots, representing 20th-century cinematic legends, provide a fascinating opportunity for collectors to take home props utilized by their big-screen heroes.
In the end, whether you're drawn to the adventurous exploits of Indiana Jones, the barbaric heroism of Conan, or the unpredictable antics of Captain Jack Sparrow, this auction promises to be a cinematic feast for collectors and movie enthusiasts alike.
Take home this one-of-a-kind prop from one of the most beloved franchises during our Robots, Wizards, Heroes, & Aliens: Contemporary Hollywood Auction, Part I & II, taking place December 14th and 15th live and online at julienslive.com.