Burn Notice Auction: Inside the Miami Series' Giant Fire Sale (PHOTOS)
When it comes to television, plenty of shows like to pretend that they take place on our gorgeous South Florida shores, but few of them are actually filmed on site. (We're looking at you, Dexter.)
All photos by Carolina del Busto
Burn Notice on USA Network, on the other hand, is perhaps one of the most beloved shows to take place in Miami -- and it filmed here for seven straight seasons. Now, since the upcoming seventh season will be its last, and the final episode has been filmed, it's time to clean house.
Tuesday marked the start of the two-day auction of all things Burn Notice at its former home, the Coconut Grove Convention Center. The doors of the Expo Center were open wide in order to let in as much air as possible, and the smell of a coming rainstorm could be detected. The lack of air conditioning did little to keep fans and buyers away.
As you entered the vastness of the Expo Center, a thin red carpet greeted you, complete with rusty gold stanchions. To your right, a set of three comfy-looking leather couches were arranged in front of a big screened Toshiba TV, with matching speakers, playing old episodes of Burn Notice. Standing there, taking in every inch of the room possible, you start to realize how much goes into the production of a television show.
Seven years' worth of props and memorabilia were stacked upon a seemingly endless amount of tables and bookshelves; other items were even thrown into a heaping pile on the floor. Seven years and 111 episodes later, USA Network is calling quits on the show and getting rid of everything they can (and we mean everything, down to the binder clips). The auction, organized by the Jay Sugarman Auction Corp., is one of those rare moments to give back to the fans, quite literally.
Fans, collectors, reporters, and even people who had no idea what was going on gathered at the convention center to browse through dust-covered items and get the chance to take pictures with the Miami Metro Police sign or even hold one of those plastic rifles.
One Burn Notice superfan, Armand Cooper, said it was a bittersweet moment. "It's sad to see [everything], but it's also cool; it's a once in a lifetime experience." Cooper went down to the auction with nothing in particular in mind, "I wanted to come down and check it out and see what they have."
With his white paper slip with bold red numbers - used in place of a typical auction paddle - in hand, Cooper rested his arm on a safe with a sign that read "Season 5 Asset." This wasn't your usual sturdy, heavy type safe - after all, how can you protect your valuables when the safe is backless? That's the magic of television show props. "The best one is the headstones," said Cooper, referring to the props that were stacked together and surprisingly lightweight. "That was really cool [to see]."
Cooper was enjoying himself walking around and taking pictures of memorable items. He commented on seeing a chaise lounge that belonged to Madeline (Sharon Gless) as he remembers it from an episode. "[The auction] is sad because I liked the show - it was a very well done show and I enjoyed it - so it's unfortunate that they're ending it. I guess there's only so much they can do with a show," he says.