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Your Chance To Own a Piece of ‘The Office’

10.01.2018

 

Five years after the series, "The Office", which put Scranton Pennsylvania before millions of fans all over the world, left the airwaves, NBC is auctioning off 500 props on screenbid.com - a trove of nondescript tchotchkes and office supplies sprinkled generously about the TV show’s sets.


Penn's Northeast, Northeastern PA's regional economic development organization, acknowledged "Founding Partner" Dunder Mifflin, for its "steadfast endorsement of regional economic development marketing, its commitment to the creation of jobs in Northeastern Pennsylvania and its ongoing financial support." that can be seen on the custom Penn's Northeast plaque that is currently up for bid at $350.

 

Michael Scott was always committed to creating jobs. His catchphrase would be "you're hired. And you can work here as long as you want. But that's unrealistic." A One of a Kind item that shows how much care the set decorators put into the office!



Not only is the plaque up for auction but a paperweight of Penn’s Northeast, a slinky, and a paperclip holder from a REAL Founding Partner of Penn's Northeast, NEPA Alliance! These items are from the desk of Darryl Philbin, who was played by actor Craig Robinson. The current asking bid for the trio of Darryl's knick knacks is $175.

 

Darryl apparently went all over Northeastern Pennsylvania collecting swag from places he didn't work, because that's how he rolls. 


 

“While a national audience might not have recognized all the hidden gems from our region, certainly anybody that lived here and watched the show was able to pick up on a lot of local mentions,” 

said Penn’s Northeast President, John L. Augustine.

 

“The Office” serves as a hook when John sells the region to business developers around the country. He merely mentions the show and they fill in rest.


 

Otherwise generic, some outdated and well-worn swivel chairs, desks and computer monitors are commanding bids into the thousands of dollars.

 

On Thursday, bids for a desk lamp used by unlikely heartthrob Jim Halpert, played by John Krasinski, reached $1,300. A pair of cat food and water bowls that Angela Martin, played by Angela Kinsey, might have sneaked into work to feed the cats she kept, was at $300. A black tape dispenser, with the name “Dwight” scrawled in Wite-Out on the side, hit $1,100. All items come with a certificate of authenticity from NBC.

 

Bids for a red Scranton Running Co. mug stuffed with pens that once sat on the desk of human caricature Dwight Schrute, played by actor Rainn Wilson, reached $500.

 

“It’s kind of fun to be involved in such an iconic TV show — one of the most popular TV shows of all time, I think,” said Scranton Running co-founder Matt Byrne.

 

The NEPA Miners mini helmet and the Scranton Running Co. mug are two among dozens of other items bearing the brands of firms and organizations in Scranton and the surrounding region. The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce hosted “prop drop” events every year to collect memorabilia and desk knickknacks for the show.

 

“It was an insane trip, but it was so good for our city and for the businesses in Scranton,” said Mari Potis, the chamber’s membership and events director.


Fans from around the world joined the University in bidding farewell in grand style to the cast and producers of “The Office,” the NBC TV series set in Scranton that aired its final episode on May 16. Among the highlights of the May 4 “Wrap Party” was a parade featuring all of the beloved characters which began in front of the new Loyola Science Center and ended on Courthouse Square. However, the biggest thrill was the surprise appearance by none other than “Michael Scott,” also known as Steve Carell, who showed up for an evening “Cast Q & A” at PNC Field, Moosic. http://www.scranton.edu/alumni/journal/issues/2013/fall/commons/office-send-off.shtml#!prettyPhoto


She worked closely with the producers for nine years to make sure the show, shot primarily in California, had enough Scranton in it, including coordinating the prop drops.

 

After the events, she’d pack up the goods and send off truckloads to the West Coast.

 

Some of the items might have seemingly gone unnoticed on the show, but they were there.

 

When the chamber held one of its first prop drop events, LaMagna, founder of the former minor league football team and now dean of students at Lackawanna College, debated whether to give up a mini helmet. Uniforms and equipment for the Miners football team soaked up most of his budget.

 

A Riddell equipment sales rep gave him some mini helmets as a gift, most of which sold out fast, but he kept one for himself.

 

The NEPA Miners played for seven years. The team folded in 2014, but LaMagna still gushes with pride when he talks about the experience and seeing his logo on the show.

 

He finally spotted the helmet when the camera panned past Kevin Malone’s, played by actor Brian Baumgartner, desk. He also saw the Miner’s logo on a decal on the break room refrigerator.

 

“From there, we ate it up,” he said. “That thrill of seeing your item, falling off the couch because you can’t believe it.”

 

As of Thursday afternoon, bids on the helmet reached $175.

 

Winning bidders will pay extra for shipping and a 24 percent premium on the hammer price that goes to the California online auction house ScreenBid.com, which is managing the auction for the network.


https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/your-chance-to-own-a-piece-of-the-office-1.2391064



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