An Ark From “Raiders of the Lost Ark” Ended Up on “Antiques Roadshow”

Raiders of the Lost Ark

The “Raiders of the Lost Ark” ark that showed up on an episode of the PBS series Antiques Roadshow, though, is a prototype.

The segment was recorded at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California, where a man came and claimed his piece was an early version of the prop that his father, who worked for the company that did the light and sound effects for the movie, brought home after shooting.

It was made mostly of glued-together picture frames and contained family blankets and not any fabled religious bits.

The appraiser, James Supp, assumed the prototype could sell for anywhere between $80k and $120k but thought that, if a bidding war occurred, it could net as much as $250k.

Memorabilia from the show is often sought after and pays off big for the person on the selling end – in 2018, one of Harrison Ford’s fedoras sold for $425k, and a whip that was used in the first three movies sold in 1999 for $35k.

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