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'Empire Falls' Props, Costumes Up for Sale

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'Empire Falls' Props, Costumes Up for Sale

By The Associated Press

Waterville, Maine (AP) -- Hundreds of props, costumes and other items used in making the TV movie "Empire Falls" will be put up for sale next week -- just in time for Christmas.

"Empire Falls," about an economically depressed mill town in Maine, was filmed last year in Waterville and Skowhegan. The movie is scheduled to air in May on HBO.

Sale items include a pink cashmere sweater worn by Helen Hunt, painter's overalls worn by Paul Newman and silver spoons used by Newman's wife, Joanne Woodward. The auction also includes jackets and other costumes with the "Empire Falls" logo that were worn in football scenes.

The items will be sold Dec. 11-12 in the warehouse of the former Central Maine Power Co. office on Water Street, said locations manager Lynn "Kip" Kippax.

"This is a sale filled with unforgettable Christmas gifts," Kippax said. "One of the troubles with Christmas is that after a while it stops being unusual, and this is a chance to do something unusual."

Three large gravestones will also be offered for sale.

"So, what do you do with wooden gravestones that look like granite? You try to sell them!" Kippax said. "There's even lichen glued on them."

He said proceeds will be used to help defray film costs.

"Empire Falls," directed by Fred Schepisi, also stars Ed Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright Penn and Kate Burton.

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