Retro fans go ‘mad’ for ‘Mad Men’s’ Mid-century modern TV show props

From Aug. 12-22, 2010, the producers of AMC’s “Mad Men” television series held their first eBay auction to benefit City of Hope. For those unfamiliar with the show, it is set in 1960s New York and follows the lives of the highly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising.

The 10-day charity auction featured a variety of vintage 1960s furniture and props from the show’s Sterling Cooper ad agency, as the cast on the drama moved offices at the end of the third season when the Sterling Cooper agency was taken over (and most of the show’s key characters) joined the upstart Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Advertising agency. Producers needed to purge the furniture used in the first three seasons.

Auction offerings included a number of pieces from the fictional offices of Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm) and Roger Sterling (played by John Slattery). Also offered were many fashionable 1960s costumes, such as a dress character Betty Francis (January Jones) wore at the Stork Club, one worn by Joan Harris in (Christina Hendricks) the “Lawn Mower” episode, and the dress worn by Bobbie Barrett (Melinda McGraw) during her night on the town with Don Draper.

The sale proved popular, as the lots racked up hundreds of bids before time ran out:

  • Don Draper’s mid-century office chair racked up 54 bids before setting at $9,100. It took 49 bids and $3,500 to take its matching sofa to a new home.
  • The bar seen in Roger Sterling’s office tallied up 44 bids before the final price of $3,250 was reached.
  • The lamp from Lane Pryce’s (Jared Harris) Sterling Cooper desk found a new home after 38 bids were made and $740 changed hands.
  • The green dress worn by Joan Harris garnered 39 bids. When the sale closed, the final price settled at $1,324.

City of Hope is an independent biomedical research, treatment and education institution, we are a leader in the fight to conquer cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.

Learn how other dealers are succeeding in the prop rental business:

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