Plantation Village Studios in Jackson doubled as an auction house Saturday for Asphodel Antiquities, owned by Jake and Jodie Seal.
The movie studio and production facility, transformed from the old Asphodel site on La. 68 in East Feliciana Parish, housed an array of unique antiques, one-of-a-kind finds and even some old movie props and memorabilia.
A chaise lounge used on the set of the remake of “The Magnificent Seven,” which is in production at Plantation Village, was up for bid as well as two vintage movie posters: “The Sands of Iwo Jima,” starring John Wayne, and the original “King Kong,” starring Fay Wray.
Despite the heat, the auction was well-attended by antique lovers from around East and West Feliciana, Zachary and Mississippi.
Box fans worked overtime to keep the bidders cool as did beverages from Mackie’s Bar, located on the movie studio lot.
The Seals took turns listing details from their lot, which has been collected over time, as auctioneer Landon White, of Natchez, kept the flow of bids moving along.
One after another, guests outbid one another on items such as cedar armoires and chests, vintage toy trains and sets, antique furniture, a selection of rare farming equipment and various odds and ends.
Entire boxes of some not-so-rare items went for as low as $5 to $15 a box, while other pieces fetched hundreds and even thousands of dollars.
Employees from Plantation Village helped display the items for the bidders.
About 60 people attended the auction, which included complimentary cocktails, a New Orleans jazz band and soul food.
The Seals said the auction was a successful dry run and they expect to host more in the future.