Tom Hanks' 'Wilson' from Castaway

Tom Hanks' 'Wilson' from Castaway | Source: HypeBeast

Tom Hanks’ ‘Wilson’ Volleyball Sells at Auction for Over A$400,000

Some might say Tom Hanks’ movie prop from the film Castaway was just a volleyball. In fact ‘Wilson’ was a companion, a confidant and a crucial character in ‘his’ own right. And proving just how beloved the unlikely co-star is, the piece was recently sold on November 9 at auction for A$422,000.

Despite an estimation between A$70,000 to A$110,000, the famous ball was the second highest-selling piece on the 9th behind a Michael J. Fox-autographed hoverboard from Back to the Future.

The UK-based Prop Store Livestream auction spanned three days and was filled with entertainment memorabilia that also included pieces from The Matrix, Star Wars and James Bond.

The volleyball is reportedly one of many ‘Wilson’ props made for the movie, all given a dirty appearance and then spending time in the water during filming. Prop Store mentions the ball was originally made to look “heavily distressed with paint applied to create a worn, dirtied appearance”.

In the 2000 film, Hanks plays Chuck Noland, a lone survivor of a plane crash who ends up stranded on a desert island for four years. Noland creates his only companion by drawing a face on a washed-up volleyball using his bloodied handprint, naming it ‘Wilson’ after the brand name.

Tom Hanks with Wilson in Castaway
Tom Hanks with ‘Wilson’ in Castaway | Source: Mental Floss

Throughout the film, the passive prop becomes an integral part of the story as Noland talks and confides in the ball in the absence of human contact. According to IMDB, “actual lines of dialogue were written for Wilson the volleyball, to help Tom Hanks have a more natural interaction with the inanimate object”.

It certainly worked with Castaway becoming a cult classic, and Hanks nominated for an Oscar for his performance, eventually missing out on the coveted prize that ended up in the hands of Russell Crowe for Gladiator.

Interestedly, the same auction also saw the sale of a helmet and mask worn by Russel Crowe’s character ‘Maximus’ in 2000’s Gladiator. The piece from Ridley Scott’s Oscar-winning epic fetched over A$330,000 on an estimate of between A$55,000 and A$90,000.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Love our content?

Share this post with your friends!