Spartacus wraps with prop auction

BRIDGET JONES
Last updated 05:00 06/12/2012
KRISSY DWYER/Fairfax NZ

Corpses, horse heads and some real rustic furniture are just some of the items for sale at Spartacus' props auction this weekend.

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More than 5000 props from Spartacus, including a fake dead body and a collection of swords, are up for auction this weekend, marking the end of the production's time in New Zealand.

Four seasons of the American show were filmed in Auckland, with the final instalment, War of the Damned, set to screen early next year. 

Earlier this year it was announced this would be the last series.

The series stars Liam McIntyre as the Thracian-slave-turned-revolutionary who's out to topple the Roman Empire. McIntyre took over the role from Andy Whitfield, who starred in the first season, then withdrew due to illness. He died of cancer in September 2011.  

The show has also featured well-known local faces including Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett and Craig Parker as well as a number of Auckland locations.  

James Hogan from Webb's auction house said the collection is unlike anything he has ever seen.

"We've got a few heads that aren't joined to bodies, we've got a little baby, a horse head - those sort of things that are a bit macabre and you get a bit of a fright when you come across. But everything else is actually really well made," he said.

"The team have put a lot of effort into how the props and the sets should look. And all the wooden furniture is really well made - I'd have it at home."

Not only can fans pick up both stuffed and severed animals, but the East Auckland warehouse where the items are being stored is also full of furniture, blankets and trinkets - a lot of it covered in fake blood.

Hogan said there is already some interest coming from buyers in the States, Canada and Australia, but he has no idea what type of person will snap up the bargains on Sunday.

WHEN AND WHERE

Spartacus Sale

11am, Sunday 9 December

5 Gabador Road, Mt Wellington, Auckland

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