The day has finally come upon us again. We are kicking off the 2022 RA Birthday FundRAiser with the auctions of fan items over on eBay. I won’t bore you with the technical details. You know the drill. Private auctions… blablabla… non-commercial… blablabla… by fans for fans… blablabla… but CLICK THE ITEM HEADLINES TO GET DIRECTED TO THE EBAY LISTING. You will find more details about all the items as well as more photos in the respective descriptions.
But let me just precede the list of items with this: The obvious purpose of the fundraiser is to generate a nice donation for LOROS, a hospice care provider in the UK. LOROS needs to raise more than £6 million every year to deliver their care and support for thousands of terminally ill patients and their loved ones. However, our donation is also a token of appreciation for our shared favourite actor, Richard Armitage. Instead of buying him a birthday present, we will transfer our final proceeds from the eBay auctions (and the Etsy sale) through his mother’s memorial page, accompanied by a birthday message. LOROS is close to Richard’s heart ever since the charity looked after his mother in 2017. So our donation will serve three purposes: supporting the vital work of a charity, expressing our appreciation to Richard, and remembering his mother. However, the proceeds of the fundraiser are not just monetary in form. With our fundraiser we are also raising awareness of the work LOROS is doing. So likewise, your participation in the fundraiser does not have to be monetary. Your tweets, every message on any platform, every blog post, every comment and reply, are currency when it comes to spreading the word and raising awareness for a good cause. They add to the final proceeds – and the karma that we are hopefully creating, too. Plus, it will hopefully be fun for you to take part in a community effort. If you are new here, please join the fun, make yourself heard and delurk. If you are an old hand at all this – thanks for coming back another year.
I now declare this bazaar open.
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Just for fans of Dr Astrov, played by Richard Armitage, in the 2020 production of Uncle Vanya: This is a notebook decorated with images of Astrov. It comes with a matching keyring, also with a picture of Astrov. Donated by Poppy.
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One for your work desk, one for your coffee table: This is a set of 2 coasters with 2 images of Richard Armitage. Keep your surfaces spill-free and discreetly enjoy a fangirling moment! Donated by Poppy.
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A real work of art, unique and original, for all fans of Guy of Gisborne: This canvas has been painted grey and incorporates a picture of the hot knight. Ribbon and leather in yellow and black are reminders of the Gisborne crest. A key dangles freely on the canvas. Made and donated by Susanna.
This auction will end on 14 Aug, 2022 14:58:56 BST
Due to the shortened run of Uncle Vanya in the Harold Pinter Theater, this genuine theatre programme of the play is actually a true collectible. Featuring cast photos and notes on Anton Chekhov. An unsigned programme but in perfect condition. No tears or creases. Donated by ZedEffEye.
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The book that sparked Netflix’s Stay Close – for those who prefer Kopfkino to the real thing. Just read Stay Close, and think of Richard. Or Ray Levine, for that matter. A used softcover book, donated by ZedEffEye.
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Guy of Gisborne would’ve worn this himself: This is a unique and handmade hair clip. Made from pewter, there is no other item like this anywhere, carefully handcrafted. The clip features the wolf’s head symbol as seen on the clasps on Gisborne’s gloves and leather jacket. Made and donated by Celeste.
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A set for fans of John Porter from Strike Back: Strike Back DVD season 1, accompanied by a silver scorpio charm with green gem and a camouflage strap. This gorgeus set will be sent in a colourful cotton bag. Donated by Graza.
This auction will end on 14 Aug, 2022 15:15:23 BST
Going back to RA’s early film work, this is Richard Armitage playing his first lead in the short film Staged. Comes with an accompanying letter in which director Darren Denison explains about how the project came about. Donated by Paula.
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He is a puzzle! Literally. While away an afternoon with a unique puzzle of Richard. 100 pieces to handle and combine into a large image collage. The puzzle was custom-made for the auctions and is a one-off. It comes in a sturdy cardboard box that displays the puzzle image. Donated by Esther.
This auction will end on 14 Aug, 2022 15:19:33 BST
The new adaptation of the Chekhov classic Uncle Vanya by Conor McPherson accompanied the recent stage production (Harold Pinter Theatre, London). This is the text as published by Nick Hern Books (2020).
This auction will end on 14 Aug, 2022 15:21:43 BST
Where does Guy keep his prized possessions? In a little chest. And so should you. You could be the new owner of this little treasure. Perfect for keeping your jewellery in, or for storing paper clips and other stationary on your desk. All under the watchful eye of Sir Guy… Made and donated by Kate.
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Let’s go back to the legacy work – Richard as Sir Guy in Robin HOOD. The DVD is of RH vol 1, ep 1 – 5 and consists of 2 discs. It’s a region 2 (Europe) DVD, so bidders need to be aware that their DVD player is compatible! Donated by Pamela
This auction will end on 14 Aug, 2022 15:29:19 BST
If handymen with medical degrees are your thing, your dreams will come true with Dr Scott White of Sleepwalker fame. This DVD of the film is a German release, i.e. the DVD blurb is in German. EDIT: Apparently the DVD only has German soundtrack, despite saying that it also has English sound. Donated by Pamela.
*** FYI: I have just heard from Kate who had a similar issue with her own Sleepwalker DVD. Apparently there is a work-around available to access the English language soundtrack of this DVD. The menu of the DVD may be broken but English works when you access the language settings through the DVD player’s audio/language settings.***
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Not necessarily to everyone’s taste, but a must for every RA film library, this is a DVD of horror film The Lodge. Unused and in pristine condition, it is still unopened in its original wrapper. Donated by Pamela.
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From the depths of the archive, a fun RA fan set emerges: The pack comprises 2 coasters and a set of stickers of RA from images taken ca. 2013, as well as five 6x9cm stickers of RA images by Robert Ascroft. Donated by Young.
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This issue of Total Film mag contains an interview with Richard Armitage. Sourced for your pleasure, this is Issue 313, which comes with a one-page interview with RA. Unused and in pristine condition.
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Complete your collection of RA films and shows with the Percy Pack. Richard played Percy Courtenay in the 2007 BBC production Miss Marie Lloyd. The set contains the DVD, a print of the lyrics to Marie Lloyd’s song “The Boy I Love” two photographs of Richard as Percy, carefully edited and then crumpled to look like a genuine vintage photograph. Donated by Paula.
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You can wear Guy on your chest – and in your pocket. This fan set comes with an unworn and new white cotton t-shirt (size L) that features the words “Guy’s Girl” in gold lettering, as well as a small RA pocket shrine.
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SUPER RARE!!! Your chance to get your hands on not just one but all three of the beautiful posters of the 2014 Old Vic production of The Crucible, starring Richard Armitage as lead. The posters are new, have never been hung on a wall, and were bought at the theatre during the play’s run in 2014.
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This gorgeous book can hold your secrets, has space for your photos or will work as a place to write down your contacts. The hand-decorated book contains embellishments and pictures of Richard but leaves plenty of space for you to add your own notes. It has been lovingly wrapped and comes with two gorgeous bookmarks that also display pictures of RA. As a little extra, this journal set will be sent in a fun, alpaca-decorated cotton bag. Made and donated by Graza.
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Positively peachy! If you are a cheeky fan, this fan set is for you. It comes with the peachy RAPS and a peach recipe book. The book is used and shows minor signs of usage, but all pages intact and no creases and tears.
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An amazing hand-made fan object: This is a box made from and decorated with card stock. It is a sort of “explosion box” that will expand when you lift the lid. Suspended inside is Thorin’s buckle as a pendant. Donated and made by Jane B.
This auction will end on 14 Aug, 2022 15:45:37 BST
The perfect fan set for anyone who loves Mr Thornton from Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South: The set is comprised of the Thornton Lavender Vibes RAPS and a copy of Gaskell’s novel. The book is pre-loved but fully intact.
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What’s better than Daniel Miller? Daniel Miller *and* Trevor Price. See the „twofer“ in the Berlin Station DVD of season 2. Note: This is a region 1 (Canada, U.S. and U.S. territories) DVD that will be mailed to North America only! Donated by Suzanne.
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Completing your RArchive? Here is an issue of the Radio Times. The 26 June – 2 July 2021 issue contains an double-spread article about RA, entitled “I’m often asked to channel misery” and pictures of RA as Astrov and himself. The magazine is in pristine and unused condition.
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This time Armidreamer’s butterfly net has caught Daniel Miller. He can be found nestled amongst flower petals in a Perspex display box. A miniscule dark-chested Thornton can be spotted scowling in a bird cage. Incorporating five-ish lovely items from Nokisuu, as part of the Five Items craft challenge, and inspired by the tale of Roman emperor, Heliogabalus, who smothered his guests with thousands of petals. Made and donated by Armidreamer.
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Capt. America was Richard’s first foray into Hollywood, playing a supporting role in the Marvel super hero franchise. This set comes not only with the DVD but also a coveted Marvel collector’s card of Heinz Krüger, the Nazi spy played by Richard, and a matted photograph of Heinz. Donated by Paula.
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This is a DVD of the BBC drama Sparkhouse. It originally aired on BBC One from 1 to 8 September 2002. Written by Sally Wainwright, it is a modern take on Wuthering Heights. Richard plays John Standring, one of the best loved characters in RA’s oeuvre.
This auction will end on 14 Aug, 2022 15:54:29 BST
Let the games begin!
Bidding is now open for all of the 34 auctions. Reminder that we will ship worldwide, even if by some technical mistake the listing might say otherwise. (Excludes one clearly labelled item.) You should be able to view the listings in English as I am publishing them through the Irish eBay site. Please remember to bid responsibly! While raising funds for a good cause, I don’t want you to remortgage your house. 😉 Your shares, comments and cheers are equally valuable. Feel free to share direct links to the listings on your social media pages, cheer on the bidders, discuss the items and send some love to the kind makers and donors who are making this fundraiser possible. But most of all: Let’s have fun!
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I’ll be back with updates here on blog, usually at the start and/or end of each day until the auctions finish on Sunday afternoon.