The season 6 DVDs of “Lost” were released last week. I was disappointed enough by the series finale earlier this summer to not care, but a blooper reel is making its way around the internet and is worth a look (probably contains spoilers, duh).
The most expensive item was a blue Dharma van, which went for $47,500. Don’t worry, though, everything went for disgustingly exorbitant sums. The frozen donkey wheel? $25,000. Desmond’s failsafe key? 11 grand. A 12-pack of Dharma beer? 5 large (that’s about $417 per can, or $35 per ounce, if you were wondering). Claire’s super-freaky squirrel baby? $2,750. Even stuff not seen on TV was expensive; set chairs went from $375 (Harold Parrineau, “Michael”) to $2,000 (Elizabeth Mitchell, “Juliet”).
I can’t imagine paying $3,500 for the bit of fuselage used to make Sun and Jin’s shelter. So why can (and did) other people? Lynette Porter of PopMatters examines the consumerist elements of the auction.
The fictional television story has been concluded, but the series’ saga continues. At times the auction seemed as interminable as the “cage” episodes from Season Three. Then a high opening bid (such as $1,400 for Lot 114, Jack’s passport) upped the excitement and provided a welcome infusion of drama. The sale of a beloved character’s “personal effects” turned the mood bittersweet, making the event seem more like an estate auction of now-deceased family members. As the auction progressed from Season One items through those from Season Three, hardcore fans could easily relive the many highs and lows from each season’s episodes and track favorite characters’ development. What remains when the people are gone—their clothing, personal effects, most treasured possessions—can still haunt us, whether the items are from real life or reel lives.
Aha! Closure! That’s what these people, with their apparently deep pockets, are seeking. Good luck with that. Personally, it’s time to just let go.