This week we interviewed Louis Testaniere from New York City. Louis is a huge movie buff and owns several collectibles from classics like Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings. To see more of his collection, click here.
1. How did you first get into collecting?
2. Where do you usually go to find items to add to your collection?
Hard to say. Every collector knows you need to dig deeper and deeper to find good opportunities. It sometimes take a while to find a good deal on eBay, Craigslist, Etsy or directly with some prop makers, which is great actually. To me, the waiting and the fact of looking everywhere for an item I really want is a big part of my pleasure. The day I stop having this guilty pleasure in collecting, I will stop right away.
3. Which item is your absolute favorite?
Probably the Cryocan, because it’s the first item I ever purchased. But I also love my 2019 Rick Deckard’s blaster replica I bought from a Japanese manufacturer directly from Japan. Blade Runner is an incredible masterpiece, and I really enjoy owning a quality piece from this movie.
4. How much do you think your most valuable item is worth?
No idea. Most of the items I own are limited quantities and are constantly increasing because they’re sold out. I always try hard to find the best deal, so I don’t think I bought a piece more than $600 or $700. And they probably are worth a few thousand dollars now.
5. Would you ever consider selling your collection?
Yes. If I stop enjoying this, or if I need the money, I won’t have any problem selling the whole collection. I hope that will never happen though!
6. Do you go to events where you can meet people who collect?
7. Do you think your collection will ever be “complete”?
8. Do your friends and co-workers know about your collectibles?
Most of them. They know about my passion for cinema and genre movies, as I can’t stop talking about it.
9. What is your “holy grail” item?
A real “grail” item actually! The item I have always wanted became mine very recently. Another example of an item I was dreaming about, but is not very spectacular for other people or non-collectors is the Grail Diary of Henry Jones, Sr. given to Indy in the Last Crusade. This is probably one of the most significant items of the franchise, as it stands in the center of the story. It is the story version made by extra-talented Sarednab, with a lot of inserts by Anthony “Indy” Magnoli.