For the past year, Relics Antique Mall has been a popular destination for Hollywood shoppers, stocking up on props for films in production.
Last week, Relics hosted set buyers looking for pieces for director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming “Oppenheimer” movie.
According to IMDb, “Oppenheimer” is based on the book “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer” by Kai Bird. Oppenheimer, an American scientist, is considered the father of the atomic bomb.
The film stars Cillian Murphy as Oppenheimer, along with Florence Pugh, Matt Damon, Emily Blunt and Robert Downey Jr. It is slated for release in July 2023.
Relics Antique Mall owner Beverly Robb said shoppers spent two days at the mall, looking for American antiques from the 1920s and 1930s. Items purchased included a wooden desk, a cremation urn, a glass candlestick, wooden filing cabinets and more.
“We can’t wait to see the movie and see all of our featured stuff,” Robb said.
‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Buyers Take Multiple Trips to Relics
Last week’s visit was the second time in the last year that Relics had visitors from Hollywood. During the summer, buyers of Martin Scorsese’s next film “Killers of the Flower Moon” stopped.
Robb said she didn’t know the buyers were from Hollywood initially. However, they made several trips to the store and bought in “large quantities”. A puzzled member of staff discovered that they were set buyers for Scorsese’s film.
While an assortment of antiques were purchased, Robb said the focus was on Empire-style American furniture from the 1800s. Furniture from this era generally appears heavy and substantial, with ornate carvings, detailed brass and animal paws. Lamps, chairs and display cabinets were among the antiques purchased.
“Killers of the Flower Moon” follows the 1920s FBI investigation into the murder of members of the Osage Nation in the United States. The film, slated for release this year, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jesse Plemons and Brendan Fraser, according to IMDb.
Relics Antique Mall is Missouri’s largest antique mall at 90,000 square feet. The store says 500 vendors sell items ranging from $1 to museum collectibles. Robb said she thinks the selection is what attracts set buyers.
“I think they choose us because we have such a great collection to choose from,” Robb said. “They know that coming here they won’t leave empty-handed. They will have plenty of items they can pick up and it will be worth it.”
Relics Antique Mall is located at 2015 W. Battlefield Road. Relics is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
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