An Ark From “Raiders of the Lost Ark” Ended Up on “Antiques Roadshow”
by Matthew Gilligan
So, we need to start off by being completely transparent: this was not the ark that was used in the film.
If you’re a memorabilia collector looking to add that one to your display room, you’re out of luck (unless you want to go full Mission: Impossible and break into the storage rooms at Skywalker Ranch).
The segment was filmed at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California, where a man arrived and claimed his piece was an early version of the prop that his father, who worked for the company that did the light and sound effects for the film, brought home after shooting.
It was made mostly of glued-together picture frames and contained family blankets and not any fabled religious items.
The show’s appraiser, James Supp, guessed the prototype could sell for anywhere between $80k and $120k but thought that, if a bidding war happened, it could net as much as $250k.
Memorabilia from the show is often sought after and pays off big for the person on the selling end – in 2018, one of Harrison Ford’s fedoras sold for $425k, and a whip that was used in the first three films sold in 1999 for $35k.