The auction, which includes items from “The Matrix” and “Cloud Atlas,” will benefit Ariana Grande’s Protect & Defend Trans Youth Fund.
Movie memorabilia collectors have a pretty intense weekend. After learning that Judy Garland’s original ‘Wizard of Oz’ dress was found in a shoebox and is set to go up for auction next month, Lana and Lilly Wachowski have announced plans to auction off a significant portion of their personal archives to raise funds for at-risk trans children.
Lana Wachowski came out as a trans woman in 2012, and her sister Lilly did the same in 2016. Since then, they have been strong advocates for LGBT rights in Hollywood and beyond, focusing particularly on issues unique experiences faced by trans people. Now the filmmakers are opening up their personal collections to help raise money for the cause.
Saturday, Lilly Wachowski tweeted “Hi there! So me and Lana have been spring cleaning our Raiders of the Lost Ark warehouse and have happily decided to pass on some of the best treasures we’ve collected over the years!! No Ark of the Covenants , but quite important and magical artifacts!”
The main artifacts up for auction are memorabilia from the Wachowski sisters’ 25-year film career. Dubbed “Enter the Matrix: The Wachowski Collection”, the online auction contains props, concept art, and collectible merchandise from movies and TV shows, including the “Cloud Atlas,” “Jupiter Ascending,” “Sense8,” and “The Matrix” franchise. The Wachowskis are also selling some of their personal collectibles from movies they didn’t direct, including “The Evil Dead” and “Faster, Pussycat!” Kill! Kill!” posters.
Notable items include an original flashgun from “The Matrix,” a Neo-Seoul Police Speeder from “Cloud Atlas,” and the MTV Movie Awards for Best Director the Wachowski sisters received for “The Matrix,” as well as a set of original film production plans.
All proceeds from the auction will go to Protect and Defend the Trans Youth Fund, which distributes money to a variety of state-specific charities aimed at helping trans children in states where they lack substantial legislative protection. The initiative was founded by Ariana Grande earlier this year and has already raised nearly $800,000 for charity. Recipients include the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition, Equality Florida and the Zebra Coalition.