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Mythbusters props for sale for the first time, in an auction benefitting kids in STEAM

Mythbusters props have never before been sold or available to viewers, but some will be auctioned off next month, with all proceeds benefitting kids studying STEAM via the Grant Imahara Foundation.

Items from the Discovery Channel reality TV show will be sold at auction on the website Prop Store, and “[t]here will be no reserve prices set, in an effort to ensure that as many fans as possible have an opportunity to own a piece of their favorite show,” according to a press release.

All of the props will have a certificate of authenticity from Prop Store, and “every prop in the auction is an actual item from the franchise, built and tested by hosts Grant Imahara, Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman,” the announcement said.

A 500-pound mechanical shark built for Mythbusters' 2008 Shark Week special is up for auction along with other props from the Discovery Channel series.
A 500-pound mechanical shark built for Mythbusters’ 2008 Shark Week special is up for auction along with other props from the Discovery Channel series.

The proceeds will benefit the Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation, which was created after Grant’s death last year “to inspire emerging talent and empower underserved youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math education” via “mentorships, grants, and scholarships” in order to help kids get “equal access to STEAM education, regardless of their socio-economic status, race, color, or gender.”

Grant Imahara at the 2013 Phoenix Comi-Con
Grant Imahara at the 2013 Phoenix Comi-Con. (Photo by Gage Skidmore)

Grant’s mother, Carolyn Imahara, who co-founded the foundation, said, “I’d like to thank Discovery Channel, Beyond Productions and Prop Store for helping us bring these artifacts from Mythbusters—some of which were built by my son—to fans worldwide, while contributing to a cause very dear to Grant. I’m proud of the work the foundation is doing in my son’s name, and I’m thankful to all the fans and supporters who are helping us with our mission to inspire and empower young and underserved talent in STEAM education.”

Mythbusters props that will be auctioned off

One of the Mythbusters' Buster dummies, which is for sale as part of an auction benefitting the Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation
One of the Mythbusters’ Buster dummies, which is for sale as part of an auction benefitting the Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation

So what can you buy? Those props and items from builds include:

  • the robotic cat Grant built to try to trick a guard dog on the “Dog Myths” episode
  • a fireworks-damaged Buster from the “Revenge of the Myth” episode, where the Build Team retested a myth from the “Fireworks Man” episode 
  • a pirate version of himself that Grant created for the pirate special, including a toy parrot
  • a 500-pound mechanical shark built for a 2008 Shark Week/Mythbusters special
  • fake teeth used to try to catch a bullet in the “Helium Football” episode
  • a disassembled guillotine from “Flying Guillotine,” which tested a weapon that could decapitate someone and bring the head back to the person using the weapon
  • Jamie’s water bike from the “Transformers” episode
  • the small Newton’s cradle from the “Newton’s Crane Cradle” episode
  • paintings created during the “Painting with Explosives” episode

Mythbuster Adam Savage has autographed some of the items, and he’ll also be highlighting some of props, “telling behind-the-scenes stories from filming and reminiscing about the challenges (and triumphs) of the builds” on his website Tested, according to the announcement.

The auction begins Aug. 20 and ends Sept. 1, but you can preview all the items and register for the auction now.

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