In an ironic twist — that being just a few months after the release of a movie on a reputed mobster in Boston, aka Whitey Bulger — the notoriety of a TV movie mobster Tony Soprano — and the vehicle he drove that is up for auction Nov. 12-19.
According to the RR Auction house, the white 2003 Cadillac Escalade ESV used on screen by James Gandolfini in his iconic role was used during the last three seasons of the award-winning HBO series The Sopranos.
It was originally leased through Movie Time Cars Incorporated as one of two identical vehicles used in production, with this specific car used primarily for exterior shots including those showing Tony Soprano and his associates entering, exiting, and driving, as well as in shots where the car appeared in the scene during dialogue.
The Escalade represented Tony’s personal car and primary means of transportation, frequently used to show him going to and from his own driveway, meetings with members of the New York families, and the notorious landmarks of the Sopranos’ fictional universe like the Bada Bing strip club and Satriale’s Pork Store. It was also utilized in action sequences including the infamous chase from season five in which Tony, angrily trying to collect a debt, drives Phil Leotardo off the road and into a parked car
James Gandolfini has also prominently signed the interior of the Escalade twice in black felt tip, once inside the driver’s side sun visor, “Thanks for the truck, James Gandolfini,” and once on the panel above the glovebox, “James Gandolfini.” A decidedly unique, recognizable prop from one of the most acclaimed television series ever produced.
The car was leased directly to the production by Movie Time Cars Incorporated; the principal vehicles that were used on The Sopranos were either purchased by or leased to Soprano Productions Inc. by Movie Time Cars in New Jersey. The company was responsible for all storage, maintenance, and delivery of vehicles to filming locations during the entire course of production. The second Escalade, which was purchased directly by the production company, was mostly used for limited interior driving shots.
More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com