Los Angeles—The find of a lifetime by a science fiction film buff will be going up for auction next month, and the current owner is hoping the piece will fund his retirement.
Marty Kasserman found a rare behind-the-scenes still photograph from the set of the Steven Spielberg mega-hit, “Jurassic Park.” Kasserman, who found the photo at a local garage sale, said the photo isn’t dated, and it seems the “character” in the picture didn’t find his way into the finished product.
“I don’t want to guess too, too much about the scene they were filming,” Kasserman said. “But you can see that the dinosaur is mauling and preparing to devour that little girl. I bet it was terribly exciting. It’s a shame this scene ended up on the cutting room floor.”
The picture in Kasserman’s possession appears to show a large, plump purple dinosaur with his arms around what seems to be a school-age child. The two are standing in front of a building with playground equipment surrounding them. The child may be smiling in the photograph, which Kasserman thinks may be the reason the scene was cut. “Bad acting, maybe the child broke character,” he said. “I don’t know, and nobody who was involved with the movie will confirm its authenticity. But I know what I have.”
Indeed, Kasserman said he is so certain of the value of his find, regardless of it being authenticated, that he’s roped in Floyd’s of Los Angeles Auction House to handle the auction, and said he’s instructed the firm to have the bidding begin at $250,000.00.
Kasserman admitted he had mixed feelings about the auction, as this was the first time he’d sold any of this memorabilia. Other items in his collection that he said he may end up selling if business at his dog grooming company didn’t pick up include: Yoda’s cane from “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith,” a helmet worn by the lead Orc from “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and the actual invisibility cloak used in the “Harry Potter” films.