Everything Everywhere All At Once: hotdog fingers and sex-toy trophy fetch thousands in online prop auction

Auction of 43 props and costumes held by film studio A24 raises more than US$500,000 for charities

Hotdog hand prosthetics, a raccoon puppet dubbed Raccacoonie and a rock with googly eyes have fetched thousands of dollars in an online auction of props from the award-season favourite film, Everything Everywhere All at Once.

The week-long auction, which ended on Thursday, featured 43 props and costumes from the multiverse comedy-drama, which is nominated for 11 Oscars. The film stars Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn Wang, a Chinese-American laundromat owner who is trying to hold her life and family together while hopping between universes to save the world.

The most desired lot of all was Raccacoonie, a raccoon puppet that features in one universe in the film where the raccoon is revealed to be helping a chef with his cooking, a reference to the Pixar film Ratatouille. Raccacoonie fetched US$90,000.

An “auditor of the month” trophy – shaped like a sex toy – that belongs to an IRS bureaucrat played by Jamie Lee Curtis, sold for US$60,000, while the hotdog hands worn in one reality-bending universe fetched US$55,000

The cherry lip balm used by Evelyn’s husband Waymond, played by Ke Huy Quan, fetched US$5,000, while the Wang family’s RV sold for US$11,000. The buyer was warned in the lot’s description that it was “currently not street-legal” and “needs new transmission, engine, tires and serious TLC on the interior”.

A rock with googly eyes stuck on it – part of a crucial scene in the film – sold for US$13,200.

“It’s not because it’s a rock,” Jason Kisvarday, the film’s production designer, told the New York Times. “It’s because of how many people saw the rock, are excited about this rock, and it means something to them.”

He added that he was surprised by how much some of the lots were selling for. “There’s usually not a lot of demand or interest in these types of things after the movie comes out,” he said.

The auction raised a total of US$555,725 (A$824,000, £465,000) for charity. The proceeds will be donated to three organisations: the Asian Mental Health Project, the Transgender Law Center, and the Laundry Workers Center, which aims to improve the working conditions of people in laundry, warehouse and food service industries.

It is just the latest prop auction held the film’s studio A24, which has also previously auctioned off items and clothing from its films Midsommar and Uncut Gems.

Everything Everywhere All at Once is A24’s highest-grossing title, making more than US$100m worldwide. It has raked in accolades at the Golden Globes, SAG awards and Baftas this year, and is a favourite to win several more at the Academy Awards in just over a week’s time.


Sian Cain

The GuardianTramp

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