The Velociraptor Cage from the opening scene of Jurassic Park is being auctioned on Ebay.
With 8 days to go it has already received 153 bids and at the time of writing was fetching $99,100.10.
The cage itself seems in reasonable condition and who would begrudge it a couple of scratches after what it went through (on screen).
The cage comes with a Velociraptor prop, however it’s a prop used to promote the movie at the premiere, not an actual prop from the movie and it looks a little worse for wear.
It’s been 21 years since the movie was released but watching the opening scene now it still holds up and manages to send a chill down your spine. Fast forward to 1:20 to see the Velociraptor cage in action.
Jurassic Park went on to become the highest grossing film of all time (since beaten but remains in the top 15 films) and ushered in a new generation of special effects. Steven Spielberg managed to coax Sir David Attenborough out of retirement to play John Hammond. A feat made all the more impressive because it was Attenborough’s film ‘Ghandi’ that beat Spielberg’s ‘ET’ out of the Oscar for both best film and best director in 1983.
Whilst the bidding for the Velociraptor cage already seems prohibitively high. I’m still considering launching a kickstarter campaign to buy the Velociraptor Cage for the one guy on earth who would appreciate it above all others. It would be a fitting thank you to Randall Munroe – the author of XKCD – for years of laughs via his much loved web comic. It’s hard to imagine anyone who spends more time thinking about caging Velociraptors than him.
Source: XKCD – 87
If you’ve got a spare hundred thousand or so lying around and a big heart feel free to bid on the Cage here Velociraptor cage and donate it to Randall or Science, they’re basically the same thing.
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