The Matrix trilogy is one of the hallmarks in sci-fi & philosophical fiction. The trilogy entertained its fans with breathtaking action sequences, all the while asking questions about the nature of our reality & authority. Have you ever longed to buy a Speed Racer Segway or the lightning gun from The Matrix? Now is your chance to do so while also helping a worthy cause.
It is not, to put it mildly, a fantastic time for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States. Right-wing homophobes and transphobes are currently executing a coordinated push to roll back gay and trans rights across the country, stumping for “don’t say gay” bills that attempt to silence LGBTQ+ people’s basic existence in schools. They are resurrecting all sorts of slanders and narratives that have been used for decades, if not centuries, to paint anyone who differs from the “norm” as a dangerous prick.
Faced with all of this, directors Lana and Lilly Wachowski have chosen to put their money—along with more than a hundred props from their numerous films—on the line to help collect funds to fight the -phobic trend. Fans may bid on props and production materials from Cloud Atlas, Speed Racer, V For Vendetta, Sense8, and, of course, the Matrix films, with all earnings going to help Ariana Grande’s trans youth defense fund, which will provide money to trans defense and support groups across the country.
The Wachowski’s sale has the thrill of most auctions of this type, in addition to being for a good cause: Looking through to see if there’s an inexpensive way to get a spare space pistol from Jupiter Ascending. Despite the fact that the collection is named “Enter The Matrix,” it is surprisingly lacking in Matrix memorabilia. The Lightning Rifle Prop from The Matrix is currently going for $7k.
Lightning Rifle Prop from The Matrix.
Iconic original screen-used resin, rubber and foam prop model as seen wielded by Cypher (Joe Pantoliano) against Tank (Marcus Chong) and Dozer (Anthony Ray Parker) when he reveals himself as an ally of Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) in The Matrix. 18 x 28 x 10”. Exhibits expected production wear from use. Barcode identifying prop as property of Ravenswood Kinowerks, Inc. on stand. Provenance: The Wachowskis. Third party transportation required.
Current Bid: $7,000
Minimum Bid: $1,000
Estimate: $2000 – $4000
Number of Bids: 15
Considering the iconic nature of this item, we’re certain that the ending bid will be a lot more than $7k.
We’re also drawn to the strangest items in the collection: a set of Final Fantasy X figurines that were apparently on someone’s desk at the Wachowskis’ old production office; the chance to own Lilly Wachowski’s MTV Movie Award; and, of course, the collection’s crown jewel: “Chip n’ Dale Figurine Gifted to the Wachowskis by Susan Sarandon,” with “Love, Susan” inscribed on the base. Check out the iconic gun pictures below.
You can check out the auction here.
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