The Five Best Items in This Month’s Mad Men Auction

Don Draper’s little red convertible included

By Jenny Peters

The 5 Best Items in This Month’s Mad Men Auction
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01 June 2016

Whether you hated, loved or were entirely indifferent to the antics of Don Draper, Roger Sterling et al., there’s one fact about the show that is inarguable: those cats had style, man. In spades.

And now you can borrow some of it, quite literally, thanks to an auction of 1,500+ pieces of memorabilia straight off the set, just launched and running through June 15th.

The auction comes courtesy of auctioneering site ScreenBid and Lionsgate, who own the series. Curated by the show’s property master, Ellen Freund, the sale coincides with the one-year anniversary of the final season of the AMC series.

Some items, like Peggy Olson’s L’eggs Egg, might not exactly set the bidding world on fire, while others are funny tributes to character quirks — you can buy numerous pairs of Bert Cooper’s socks, for example.

But these five items are sure set off a bidding frenzy:

Don Draper’s 1964 Chrysler Imperial Crown Red Convertible
The lure of life in California took hold of tortured Madison Avenue adman Don Draper (Jon Hamm) by Season Four, when he headed west to visit the widow of the real Don Draper. Naturally, Don traveled in a cherry 1964 Chrysler Imperial Crown convertible. Only 922 of these beauties were made, with fewer than 200 still on the road today. Picture yourself in it, revving up the 413 V8 wedge transmission and tooling down the coast; just be sure to wear a pinstripe suit as you go.

Don Draper’s Ray Bans
Draper wore these one-of-a-kind Ray Ban sunglasses in the episodes shot in both New York and Hawaii; they exemplify 1960s cool. You can also own the Ray Bans that Draper’s cynical boss Roger Sterling (John Slattery) wore, also one of a kind.

Peggy Olson’s Blue Typewriter
Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) broke the glass ceiling and joined the all-male advertising world of Sterling Cooper because of her skill at crafting an ad campaign. Herein: the blue-colored typewriter she used to beat the boys at their own game. But every aspiring writer should have one — if only to be kept on a shelf as a shrine to the tech of yore.

Bert Cooper’s Office Flask
Channel the weirdly odd big boss of Sterling Cooper Advertising every time you take a swig out of Bert Cooper’s office flask — the patriarch of Mad Men was certainly on something as he wandered the office in his stocking feet (even after he was dead). Note the book-like spine on this authentic Peterson DeLuxe London Gin flask from the 1960s, a perfect way to hide booze in plain sight.

Mad Men Signed Script
This pilot script of the TV show that went on to win 16 Emmy Awards is signed by creator Matthew Weiner and stars Jon Hamm, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Ben Feldman, Kiernan Shipka, Kevin Rahm, John Slattery, Rich Sommer, Vincent Kartheiser, Christopher Stanley and Aaron Staton. Can’t beat that with a stick.

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