10 Awesome Rick Baker-Created Movie Props You Can Buy

Have you ever wanted to own a Gremlin marionette from Gremlins 2: The New Batch? Or the head, hand, and foot skin of the titular sasquatch from Harry and the Hendersons? Or perhaps a replica of Michael Jackson’s hands, created for 1988’s Moonwalker? Now you can, thanks to special effects makeup artist Rick Baker.

Baker—who, over his 30-plus-year career, has made creatures for everything from An American Werewolf in London to the Men in Black films—is downsizing his company Cinovation’s space, according to Rather than throwing out what he doesn’t have room for, he’s offering up the 400-plus items to movie fans in an auction put on by The Los Angeles Prop Store.

The actual auction takes place on May 29, but you can get a jump on procuring your favorite items by placing bids online or by phone. All bids start at just $5, and there’s no reserve. Here are a few items we’re thinking about snatching up.

1. Mid-Transformation Werewolf Back Mold // AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)

Baker created this mold of David Naughton’s torso to create the skin for the werewolf transformation scene in director John Landis’s horror-comedy classic. According to the listing, “The three-piece hydrocal (or similar material) mold includes a core that fills the majority of the space within the mold, producing only a thin skin when casting material is injected. Both the front and core pieces are marked 'AWL Mid-Trans Core' in black ink. This piece has undergone sympathetic conservation and stabilization ... The mold shows some wear from production and age, such as chips and cracks, and remains in overall fair condition.”

2. AWIL ‘Jack’ Zombie Face, Neck and Hand Appliances // “Thriller” (1983)

When it came time to create the zombies for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video, Baker did a bit of recycling: According to the listing for this lot, which includes four foam latex appliances, “this piece was likely made from make-up created for Griffin Dunne in John Landis’s An American Werewolf in London.” The neck and blender pieces are unpainted.

3. Harry Head, Hands, Feet, and Muscle Suit // HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS (1987)

Bigfoot enthusiasts will want to bid on this lot from William Dear’s late-'80s comedy Harry and the Hendersons, which was worn by stuntman Dawan Scott during the film’s production. According to the listing,

The latex mask features hand-punched hair on the face and top of the head, faux fur lining the back of the head and lifelike paint detail. The hands are constructed of foam latex with attached nylon fabric wrists and hand-punched fur. The feet are similarly constructed, with latex shoe pieces, hand-punched fur, and attached nylon fabric with buttons for attaching to a hair suit. The feet include tags marked "Dawan Rt." and "Dawan left," respectively. Both the hands and feet have been painted with lifelike detail in exposed areas. The Harry muscle suit (not pictured) was worn by stunt performer Dawan Scott during production. The suit includes a two-piece muscle suit, a pair of hands, feet, and a stunt mask. The muscle suit consists of a full nylon blend jumpsuit that zips up the back and features foam padding sewn onto the arms and legs. The jumpsuit is marked "Dawan" in black ink along the interior of the zipper. The second suit piece is an upper body muscle suit that zips in the back and features foam padding and rib texture pieces.

There's some wear and tear from production—the listing mentions paint flaking on the hands and scuffs on the feet—but overall, the pieces are in good condition. 

4. Test Isobar Monster // ISOBAR (Unreleased)

According to ScreenCrush, the basic plot of this unmade sci-fi film from the early 1990s was “a plant-like alien [running] amok on the maiden voyage of a futuristic transatlantic train.” Disaster-obsessed director Roland Emmerich was to helm the production; Sylvester Stallone, Kim Basinger, Walter Matthau, and Jim Belushi all signed on to star, and Baker began creating monsters for the film—including this guy, a “a tentacle laden squid creature” that has “several poseable tentacles with malleable armature wires in their interior.” Unfortunately, Carolco Pictures filed for bankruptcy before Isobar could get off the ground.

5. Gremlin Skeleton Puppet SFX Rig // GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH (1990)

This creepy skeleton—which is made of resin bones with foam cartilage—was used in a deleted scene from the electrocution sequence of Joe Dante’s Gremlins sequel. The puppet “features latex entrails, a cable-controlled neck, and four rubber tubes that run along the spine and into the skull. The rig was designed to have slime pumped up through the tubes which would drip out of the Gremlin skull to accentuate the melting effect. The cable controls connect to two joysticks used to control the puppet. The piece is presented on a black wooden base.”

6. Orson Welles’s Ear Appliances // ED WOOD (1994)

To play famed director Orson Welles in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood, Vincent D’Onofrio had to don these prosthetic ears, which “are made of foam latex and feature feathering on the edges for use in blending the edges to the actor’s ears. The ears are cast in flesh toned latex and now feature slight discoloration on the tops of the ears. Despite this wear, these pieces remain in good condition.”

7. Two-Face’s Facial Appliance // BATMAN FOREVER (1995)

Baker made this appliance for Tommy Lee Jones, who played Two-Face in Joel Schumacher’s schlocky Batman Forever. The appliance was made of foam latex and is painted in great detail with various tones of purples and pinks. A thin plastic shell is attached to the underside of the appliance that was meant to cover Jones’s hair. The appliance shows some wear due to age, with the edges of the appliance now dry and cracked in areas, however the piece remains in otherwise good condition.” This piece was likely never applied.

8. Edgar Stretch Rig // MEN IN BLACK (1997)

Now you can add a (partial) Edgar suit to your closet. This stretch rig, created for Barry Sonnenfeld’s sci-fi comedy, is made of silicone with foam latex appliances on the cheeks and hand-punched hair on the face and scalp. According to the listing, “This skin was used on Edgar’s body when it is thrown down after the bug takes him over. Later appliances were put on the head, possibly to be used for when the skin is taken out. The mask ... features clasps along its bottom edges meant to hook into an effects rig or body.” It comes on its original plaster bust form and is in good condition.

9. Samara Facial Appliance // THE RING (2002)

Baker wasn’t only tasked with creating out-of-this-world aliens and rotting zombies: He also created this eerily lifelike mask of Daveigh Chase, who played the tortured child ghost Samara in Gore Verbinski’s The Ring. According to the listing, “Cast in silicone, the bald appliance has been airbrushed to match Chase’s skin tone, and includes hand-punched eyebrows and eyelashes. The appliance resides on a biscuit foam bust of Chase, where it has been pinned to the foam.” Though there’s some wear, the piece is in overall good, but used, condition.

10. Lawrence Talbot Animatronic Transformation Puppet // The Wolfman (2010)

This bust was created at a point in The Wolfman’s production when the filmmakers wanted to do the transformation practically using makeup effects. Eventually, director Joe Johnston chose to go the CG route, but you can still catch a glimpse of the puppet which, according to the listing, “is seen in a brief cutaway in the scene in which Lawrence and Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt) visit the lake.” Baker told Popular Mechanics in 2010 that “there are better makeup materials now, but I actually used materials that were basically the same ones I used on An American Werewolf in London, because there are still advantages to those materials.” The bust has a foam-filled interior (which houses the effects mechanics) and foam latex skin, which “has been painted in great detail to appear as though the wolf is slowly infecting Del Toro ... The puppet is mounted to a plywood base board and shows minor wear due to production use, but remains in good condition.”

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25 Royals in the Line of Succession to the British Throne
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Between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcoming their third child on April 23, 2018 and Prince Harry's upcoming marriage to Suits star Meghan Markle in May, the line of succession to the British throne has become a topic of interest all over the world. And the truth is, it’s complicated. Though Queen Elizabeth II, who turned 92 years old on April 21, shows no signs of slowing down, here are the royals who could one day take her place on the throne—in one very specific order.


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As a direct result of his mother being the world's longest-reigning monarch, Prince Charles—the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip—is the longest serving heir to the throne; he became heir apparent in 1952, when his mother ascended to the throne.


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At 35 years old, odds are good that Prince William, Duke of Cambridge—the eldest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana—will ascend to the throne at some point in his lifetime.



On July 22, 2013, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their first child, Prince George of Cambridge, who jumped the line to step ahead of his uncle, Prince Harry, to become third in the line of succession.


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On May 2, 2015, William and Catherine added another member to their growing brood: a daughter, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. Though her parents just welcomed a bouncing baby boy, she will maintain the fourth-in-line position because of the Succession to the Crown Act 2013, which went into effect just a few weeks before her arrival, and removed a long-held rule which stated that any male sibling (regardless of birth order) would automatically move ahead of her.


 Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge depart the Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England
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On April 23, 2018, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their third child—a son, whose name has yet to be announced, but who has already pushed his uncle, Prince Harry, out of the fifth position in line to the throne.


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As the second-born son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Prince Harry's place in the line is a regularly changing one. It changed earlier this week, when his brother William's third child arrived, and could change again if and when their family expands.


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Prince Andrew is a perfect example of life before the Succession to the Crown Act 2013: Though he’s the second-born son of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, he’s actually their third child (Princess Anne came between him and Prince Charles). But because the rules gave preference to males, Prince Andrew would inherit the throne before his older sister.


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Because Prince Andrew and his ex-wife, Sarah, Duchess of York, had two daughters and no sons, none of that male-preference primogeniture stuff mattered in terms of their placement. But with each child her cousin Prince William has, Princess Beatrice moves farther away from the throne. If Beatrice looks familiar, it might be because of the headlines she made with the Dr. Seuss-like hat she wore to William and Catherine’s wedding. (The infamous topper later sold on eBay for more than $130,000, all of which went to charity.)


Princess Eugenie of York arrives in the parade ring during Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England
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Though she’s regularly seen at royal events, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s youngest daughter spends the bulk of her time indulging her interest in fine art. She has held several jobs in the art world, and is currently a director at Hauser & Wirth’s London gallery.


 Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex leaves after a visit to Prince Philip
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Like his older brother Andrew, Prince Edward—the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip—jumps the line ahead of his older sister, Princess Anne, because of the older rule that put males ahead of females.


 James, Viscount Severn, rides on the fun fair carousel on day 4 of the Royal Windsor Horse Show on May 11, 2013 in Windsor, England
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James, Viscount Severn—the younger of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex’s two children, and their only son—turned 10 years old on December 17, 2017, and celebrated it as the 10th royal in line of succession. (The birth of the youngest Prince of Cambridge pushed him back a spot.)


Lady Louise Windsor during the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 15, 2013 in London, England.
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Because the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 wasn’t enacted until 2015, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor—the older of Prince Edward’s two children—will always be just behind her brother in the line of succession.


Princess Anne, Princess Royal, visits the Hambleton Equine Clinic on October 10, 2017 in Stokesley, England
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Princess Anne, the Queen and Prince Philip’s second-born child and only daughter, may never rule over the throne in her lifetime, but at least she gets to be called “The Princess Royal.”


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The eldest child and only son of Princess Anne and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips, stands just behind his mother in line. Interesting fact: Had Phillips’s wife, Autumn Kelly, not converted from Roman Catholicism to the Church of England before their marriage in 2008, Phillips would have lost his place in line.


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On December 29, 2010, Peter and Autumn Phillips celebrated the birth of their first child, Savannah Anne Kathleen Phillips, who is also the Queen’s first great-grandchild. She’s currently 15th in line.


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Less than two years after Savannah, Peter and Autumn Phillips had a second daughter, Isla, who stands just behind her sister in line. It wasn’t until 2017 that Savannah and Isla made their Buckingham Palace balcony debut (in honor of their great-grandmother’s 91st birthday).


 Zara Tindall arrives for a reception at the Guildhall
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Not one to hide in the background, Zara Tindall—Princess Anne’s second child and only daughter—has lived much of her life in the spotlight. A celebrated equestrian, she won the Eventing World Championship in Aachen in 2006 and was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year the same year (her mom earned the same title in 1971). She’s also Prince George’s godmother.


Mike Tindall, Zara Tindall and their daughter Mia Tindall pose for a photograph during day three of The Big Feastival at Alex James' Farm on August 28, 2016 in Kingham, Oxfordshire.
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Zara Tindall’s daughter Mia may just be 4 years old, but she’s already regularly making headlines for her outgoing personality. And though she’s only 18th in line to the throne, her connection to the tippity top of the royal family is much closer: Prince William is her godfather.


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David Armstrong-Jones, the eldest child of Princess Margaret, isn’t waiting around to see if the British crown ever lands on his head. The 56-year-old, who goes by David Linley in his professional life, has made a name for himself as a talented furniture-maker. His bespoke pieces, sold under the brand name Linley, can be purchased through his own boutiques as well as at Harrods.


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David Armstrong-Jones’s only son, Charles, may be 20th in line to the throne, but the 18-year-old is the heir apparent to the Earldom of Snowdon.


Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) talks with Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones (C) as her father David Armstrong-Jones (L), 2nd Earl of Snowdon, known as David Linley

Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones, the youngest child of David Armstrong-Jones and his only daughter, is also the only granddaughter of Princess Margaret. Now 15 years old (she'll turn 16 in June), Lady Margarita made headlines around the world in 2011 when she served as a flower girl at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.


Lady Sarah Chatto, the daughter of Princess Margaret arrives for her mother's memorial service

Lady Sarah Chatto, Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong-Jones’s only daughter, is the youngest grandchild of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. In addition to serving as a bridesmaid to Princess Diana, she is Prince Harry’s godmother.


Lady Sarah Chatto (L) and her son Samuel Chatto (R) leave a Service of Thanksgiving for the life and work of Lord Snowdon at Westminster Abbey on April 7, 2017 in London, United Kingdom
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The first-born son of Lady Sarah Chatto and her husband, Daniel, has a long way to go to reach the throne: He’s currently 23rd in line.


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For better or worse, Sarah and Daniel Chatto’s youngest son Arthur has become a bit of a social media sensation. He's made headlines recently as he regularly posts selfies to Instagram—some of them on the eyebrow-raising side, at least as far as royals go.


Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester makes a speech during the unveiling ceremony of London's first public memorial to the Korean War on December 3, 2014 in London, England
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At 73 years old, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester is the youngest grandchild of King George V and Queen Mary. Formerly, he made a living as an architect, until the 1972 death of his brother, Prince William of Gloucester, put him next in line to inherit his father’s dukedom. On June 10, 1974, he officially succeeded his father as Duke of Gloucester, Earl of Ulster, and Baron Culloden.

20 Black-and-White Facts About Penguins

To celebrate World Penguin Day (which is today, April 25), here are a few fun facts about these adorable tuxedoed birds.

1. All 17 species of penguins are found exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere.

2. Emperor Penguins are the tallest species, standing nearly 4 feet tall. The smallest is the Little Blue Penguin, which is only about 16 inches.

emperor penguin

3. The fastest species is the Gentoo Penguin, which can reach swimming speeds up to 22 mph.

Gentoo Penguin

4. A penguin's striking coloring is a matter of camouflage; from above, its black back blends into the murky depths of the ocean. From below, its white belly is hidden against the bright surface.

penguins swimming in the ocean

5. Fossils place the earliest penguin relative at some 60 million years ago, meaning an ancestor of the birds we see today survived the mass extinction of the dinosaurs.

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6. Penguins ingest a lot of seawater while hunting for fish, but a special gland behind their eyes—the supraorbital gland—filters out the saltwater from their blood stream. Penguins excrete it through their beaks, or by sneezing.

penguins swimming in the ocean

7. Unlike most birds—which lose and replace a few feathers at a time—penguins molt all at once, spending two or three weeks land-bound as they undergo what is called the catastrophic molt.

molting penguin

8. All but two species of penguins breed in large colonies of up to a thousand birds.

king penguins

9. It varies by species, but many penguins will mate with the same member of the opposite sex season after season.

chinstrap penguins

10. Similarly, most species are also loyal to their exact nesting site, often returning to the same rookery in which they were born.

maegellic penguin nesting

11. Some species create nests for their eggs out of pebbles and loose feathers. Emperor Penguins are an exception: They incubate a single egg each breeding season on the top of their feet. Under a loose fold of skin is a featherless area with a concentration of blood vessels that keeps the egg warm.

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12. In some species, it is the male penguin which incubates the eggs while females leave to hunt for weeks at a time. Because of this, pudgy males—with enough fat storage to survive weeks without eating—are most desirable.

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13. Penguin parents—both male and female—care for their young for several months until the chicks are strong enough to hunt for food on their own.

Penguins nest

14. If a female Emperor Penguin's baby dies, she will often "kidnap" an unrelated chick.

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15. Despite their lack of visible ears, penguins have excellent hearing and rely on distinct calls to identify their mates when returning to the crowded breeding grounds.

16. The first published account of penguins comes from Antonio Pigafetta, who was aboard Ferdinand Magellan's first circumnavigation of the globe in 1520. They spotted the animals near what was probably Punta Tombo in Argentina. (He called them "strange geese.")

17. An earlier, anonymous diary entry from Vasco da Gama's 1497 voyage around the Cape of Good Hope makes mention of flightless birds as large as ducks.

18. Because they aren't used to danger from animals on solid ground, wild penguins exhibit no particular fear of human tourists.

19. Unlike most sea mammals—which rely on blubber to stay warm—penguins survive because their feathers trap a layer of warm air next to the skin that serves as insulation, especially when they start generating muscular heat by swimming around.

20. In the 16th century, the word penguin actually referred to great auks (scientific name: Pinguinus impennis), a now-extinct species that inhabited the seas around eastern Canada. When explorers traveled to the Southern Hemisphere, they saw black and white birds that resembled auks, and called them penguins.


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