Sci-Fi Film and TV Props From Top Hollywood Special Effects House Presented By Butterfields on eBay

A Portion of the Proceeds to Benefit

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research



Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from eBay, Inc.

    LOS ANGELES, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Sci-Fi and horror movie fans will
 have a unique opportunity to bid on memorable props from popular films such as
 Nightmare on Elm Street, The Shining, Species, The Abyss, and many more. One
 of Hollywood's top special effects houses, XFX Studios, owned by
 Steve Johnson, has come to Butterfields and eBay (Nasdaq:   EBAY) the world's
 online trading community, to offer a broad range of one-of-a-kind movie props,
 collectible costumes, and innovative animatronics. The sales will be open to a
 worldwide audience for bidding on eBay at www.ebay.com or directly at
 www.ebay.com/xfx starting April 17 and will continue in a series of week-long
 auctions for a duration of six months.
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990423/EBAYLOGO )
     A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for
 Parkinson's Research, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure
 for Parkinson's Disease.
     Acclaimed for its surreal effects in many sci-fi and horror films,
 Steve Johnson's XFX Studios is one of Hollywood's premier special effects
 houses.  The studio will offer more than 1,000 unique objects and 3,000 pieces
 of artwork used on the big and small screen. Some items include:
 
     -- The "SIL" character stunt mask from Species II, est. $10,000/15,000
     -- Animatronic heads and spider droids from Virus, est. $2,500/3,500 each
     -- Masks from The Shining, est. $250/350 each
     -- Animatronic frog from Magnolia, est. $500/700
     -- Fully animatronic robot from Evolver, est. $5,000/7,000
     -- Talking animatronic corpse from The Stand, est. $5,000/7,000
     -- Blues Brothers 2000 bull skeleton rod puppet, est. $5,000/7,000
     -- Working sketches from hit movies such as Anaconda, Species, Species II,
        Virus, and others, est. $100/200 each
 
     "This online sale gives sci-fi movie lovers a once-in-a-lifetime
 opportunity to own the actual character model or prop used in their favorite
 films," says Catherine Williamson, Butterfields specialist in charge of this
 sale. "XFX is opening its doors to the public, something no other major
 effects house has done in recent history."
     XFX founder Steve Johnson garnered great acclaim for his work in
 The Abyss. His firm, formed in 1986, has made a name for itself through the
 originality of its designs, its attention to detail and innovative use of
 materials.  Moving his studio to a new, custom-designed 20,000 square-foot
 facility in Burbank in 1998, Johnson brought XFX to the forefront of the
 industry, and he continues to be actively involved with the conceptual
 development and on-set applications of all of his studio's creations. Studios
 which XFX has collaborated with include Columbia, Paramount and Universal;
 20th Century Fox; MGM; Miramax; Disney/Sony; Amblin Entertainment; and
 Dreamworks.
 
     About The Michael J. Fox Foundation
     Based in New York, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
 is borne of Fox's determination to raise the significant new monies required
 to fund a Parkinson's cure. The new foundation is dedicated to fast-forwarding
 the cure for Parkinson's disease. It will move aggressively to identify the
 most promising research and raise the funds to assure that the best research
 is supported for the more than one million people living with the disorder.
 
     About eBay
     eBay ( http://www.ebay.com ) is the world's largest online trading
 community. Founded in 1995, eBay created a powerful marketplace for the sale
 of goods and services by a passionate community of individuals and small
 businesses. On any given day, there are millions of items listed on the site
 across thousands of categories. eBay enables trade on a local, national and
 international basis with local sites in 60 markets in the United States and
 country-specific sites in the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Austria,
 France, Italy, Japan, Korea and Australia. With the acquisition of Half.com in
 July 2000, eBay's community now benefits from a marketplace combining
 traditional auction-style trading and Half.com's set-price trading.
 
 

SOURCE eBay, Inc.
    LOS ANGELES, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Sci-Fi and horror movie fans will
 have a unique opportunity to bid on memorable props from popular films such as
 Nightmare on Elm Street, The Shining, Species, The Abyss, and many more. One
 of Hollywood's top special effects houses, XFX Studios, owned by
 Steve Johnson, has come to Butterfields and eBay (Nasdaq:   EBAY) the world's
 online trading community, to offer a broad range of one-of-a-kind movie props,
 collectible costumes, and innovative animatronics. The sales will be open to a
 worldwide audience for bidding on eBay at www.ebay.com or directly at
 www.ebay.com/xfx starting April 17 and will continue in a series of week-long
 auctions for a duration of six months.
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990423/EBAYLOGO )
     A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for
 Parkinson's Research, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure
 for Parkinson's Disease.
     Acclaimed for its surreal effects in many sci-fi and horror films,
 Steve Johnson's XFX Studios is one of Hollywood's premier special effects
 houses.  The studio will offer more than 1,000 unique objects and 3,000 pieces
 of artwork used on the big and small screen. Some items include:
 
     -- The "SIL" character stunt mask from Species II, est. $10,000/15,000
     -- Animatronic heads and spider droids from Virus, est. $2,500/3,500 each
     -- Masks from The Shining, est. $250/350 each
     -- Animatronic frog from Magnolia, est. $500/700
     -- Fully animatronic robot from Evolver, est. $5,000/7,000
     -- Talking animatronic corpse from The Stand, est. $5,000/7,000
     -- Blues Brothers 2000 bull skeleton rod puppet, est. $5,000/7,000
     -- Working sketches from hit movies such as Anaconda, Species, Species II,
        Virus, and others, est. $100/200 each
 
     "This online sale gives sci-fi movie lovers a once-in-a-lifetime
 opportunity to own the actual character model or prop used in their favorite
 films," says Catherine Williamson, Butterfields specialist in charge of this
 sale. "XFX is opening its doors to the public, something no other major
 effects house has done in recent history."
     XFX founder Steve Johnson garnered great acclaim for his work in
 The Abyss. His firm, formed in 1986, has made a name for itself through the
 originality of its designs, its attention to detail and innovative use of
 materials.  Moving his studio to a new, custom-designed 20,000 square-foot
 facility in Burbank in 1998, Johnson brought XFX to the forefront of the
 industry, and he continues to be actively involved with the conceptual
 development and on-set applications of all of his studio's creations. Studios
 which XFX has collaborated with include Columbia, Paramount and Universal;
 20th Century Fox; MGM; Miramax; Disney/Sony; Amblin Entertainment; and
 Dreamworks.
 
     About The Michael J. Fox Foundation
     Based in New York, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
 is borne of Fox's determination to raise the significant new monies required
 to fund a Parkinson's cure. The new foundation is dedicated to fast-forwarding
 the cure for Parkinson's disease. It will move aggressively to identify the
 most promising research and raise the funds to assure that the best research
 is supported for the more than one million people living with the disorder.
 
     About eBay
     eBay ( http://www.ebay.com ) is the world's largest online trading
 community. Founded in 1995, eBay created a powerful marketplace for the sale
 of goods and services by a passionate community of individuals and small
 businesses. On any given day, there are millions of items listed on the site
 across thousands of categories. eBay enables trade on a local, national and
 international basis with local sites in 60 markets in the United States and
 country-specific sites in the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Austria,
 France, Italy, Japan, Korea and Australia. With the acquisition of Half.com in
 July 2000, eBay's community now benefits from a marketplace combining
 traditional auction-style trading and Half.com's set-price trading.
 
 SOURCE  eBay, Inc.