Hi readers! I hate to harp, but I'm going to hit you with a brief PSA before diving in with today's Prop-Watch post. Just so we're all crystal clear, these posts are not intended for serious collectors. There are numerous online resources you can use to educate yourselves on the art and science of prop collecting. Think of this space as a place to find cool crap, stuff you probably never would buy even if you had a spare $10,000 to drop on something completely frivolous. Got it? I'm looking at you out there in the peanut gallery. Good!

Today's Prop-Watch selection comes from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." The cool one, from TV mastermind Joss Whedon and starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. This prop was actually worn by Gellar, albeit in only one episode. Not an episode I've seen, but I'm guessing some of you "Buffy" fans will be pretty psyched. Read More...

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Star WarsOkay, I know that this makes two "Star Wars"-centric eBay Prop-Watch posts in a single week, but this thing is so badass that I just couldn't resist. For starters, it's a real, live prop from the best of the series: "Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back." It's also a very large thing. The sort of item that your jealous friends can't possibly miss.

A couple of caveats though. First: it's expensive. Like $10,000+ expensive. There's also no mention of any certificate of authenticity. You'll just have to trust the source, The Prop Store of London. So if you've got plenty of cash to spare and a love for "Star Wars" -- or if you just want to see a really cool, potentially real prop -- click yourself past the jump. Read More...

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The Wizard of OzI totally dropped the ball yesterday on eBay Prop-Watch. With Michael Jackson's memorial service playing in the background and all sorts of cool happenings on the MTV blog network, it just kinda got away from me. I'm back today, and with a pair of cool items to make up for my absence.

On the blog yesterday I ran a small photo gallery featuring stills from Sidney Lumet's silver screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "The Wiz." The story is an urbanized reimagining of L. Frank Baum's classic book "The Wizard of Oz," which most know for Victor Fleming's 1939 Judy Garland-led movie. In a weird "six degrees of separation" twist, the two eBay items I stumbled across this morning both come from that earlier film. Read More...

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ChewbaccaWelcome back to eBay Prop-Watch! I hope you'll all forgive my absence at the end of last week. While eBay is always popping with cool movie-related crap to buy, someone needs to be here to actually write it up. Not that today's selection needs any real introduction.

"Star Wars" is one of those franchises that is particularly well-suited to pleasing prop collectors. For those who are willing to shell out often-considerable amounts of cash, there's a lot out there to be had. The item I selected for today's eBay Prop-Watch actually falls on the cheaper side of real-deal "Star Wars" props, though the "cool" factor renders it absolutely priceless as far as I am concerned. If I hadn't just moved, you can bet I'd buy this one without a second's thought. Read More...

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WatchmenI've been feeding you readers a pretty constant stream of overly expensive (or sometimes just questionable) items in my daily eBay Prop-Watch postings. Today I'm veering off in a little bit of a different direction: the selection is affordable and very clearly not a prop. It is a cool, fan-serving little piece of ephemera though.

Zack Snyder's "Watchmen" is not a terrific adaptation of Alan Moore's classic graphic novel. It is far better than a lot of people gave it credit for, but the plot becomes unhinged towards the end thanks to the liberal changes made to the story. It's impressive really, how the alterations maintain a surprising level of narrative accuracy while completely abandoning the tone and themes in Moore's original. That said, "Watchmen" is a beautiful film, and an exceedingly entertaining viewing experience for a spectacle junkie like me. Read More...

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Michael Jackson E.T.Today's eBay Prop-Watch hurts, and for a variety of reasons. Like a lot of you out there, I'm pretty bummed about the loss of Michael Jackson. This is just one more reminder of the lasting impact the pop sensation will leave on all facets of entertainment. Around the time that Steven Spielberg unleashed "E.T." on the world, this companion record set was released with Jackson serving as the narrator.

I had this record. I used to listen to it nightly on my clunky, plastic Fisher Price turntable. Over the years it became more and more warped until eventually it was just another item to be discarded in the next move. The outrageously high $2,000 asking price on this auction isn't even what's upsetting here; I just miss hearing Jackson's "E.T." narration. Read More...

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Saw IVAnother real, actual movie prop for you today, complete with a certificate of authenticity. I suspect this will fall outside what many of you might be willing to spend, but it's cool enough that I thought it deserved an eBay Prop-Watch shout.

In case you haven't heard, the "Saw" horror franchise is pretty popular. I think it has something to do with the excessive gore, and the creative ways it is realized on the silver screen. Jigsaw, the serial killer antagonist at the heart of the series, has a thing for teaching his victims painful lessons. Excruciatingly painful ones, of the sort which would make a quick death seem like a welcome relief. In fact, that's what today's prop is all about. Read More...

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Harry Potter letterI've been bad, dear readers. You may have noticed in the comments for yesterday's eBay Prop-Watch that someone took issue with my posting of a potentially fake movie prop from one of the "Harry Potter" movies. I did explicitly state that there was no definitive proof of its authenticity, but I also recognize that there's a serious collector's market out there for this kind of thing.

Just to be clear, eBay Prop-Watch is a fun daily feature which is meant to highlight cool movie-related stuff that pops up on eBay. This is not meant to be taken as any sort of "official" source for prop-finding. Still, I feel I owe you all a proper Potter relic now. Which brings us to today's selection, which does indeed include a certificate of authenticity. Read More...

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Harry Potter booksFor yesterday's inaugural eBay Prop-Watch I served up a little piece of film history that was excessive in every way. Today's pick is a lot more affordable, and it earns extra points for being an actual movie prop. Sure there are 6 days left on the auction, but there are also no bids yet and a moderate $50 Buy It Now price.

Oh, did I mention it's a prop from "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"? No? Huh... you'd think I would've done that right off the bat! Read More...

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The Simpsons MovieWelcome to a new daily feature here on MTV Movies Blog, eBay Prop-Watch. Every day I will mine the depths of the Internet's go-to auction site for some funky, crazy or outright cool bit of film ephemera. You won't always be seeing actual props here (like today) nor will the picks necessarily be affordable to the common citizen (also like today), but I promise to always make it something to drop your jaws.

The first pick for the column is a reflection of my own tastes. I have been watching "The Simpsons" since the half-hour sitcom premiered back in 1989. I've seen every single episode of the TV series and quotes are a regular occurrence in my daily conversations. One of my frequently spouted words of wisdom -- and my friends can attest to this -- is that there's a "Simpsons" quote for every occasion. Before "The Simpsons Movie" even hit theaters in July 2007, I was beside myself. Why? Because of this... Read More...

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