The phrase one man’s trash is another’s treasure comes into its own when that man (or character) is Don Draper. The Mad Men antihero’s cast-offs – and those of his fellow characters, including Peggy Olsen, Pete Campbell, Joan Harris and Stan Rizzo – will be on sale from Friday in an auction on website Screenbid, a way for fans to pick up some mementos after the final series. There are nearly 1,400 items, some of them literally trash – Peggy’s old beer cans, Don’s sweet wrapper – plus the sort of clothes and accessories you would be pleased to find in a thrift store, regardless of their origins.
The Mad Men thing does bring a bit of extra glamour, though. The show has, for its seven series, been one of the most fashion-conscious programmes on TV, and has become a fashion reference in itself. Those who like menswear from the 60s and 70s – particularly Don’s style – are in luck. Some of his suits, plus excellent nightwear including pyjamas and dressing gown, are up for grabs, as are his Madras shorts and jeans as seen when he is playing the suburban dad. Also available are Roger Sterling’s sports jacket for yacht-club chic, and Stan Rizzo’s line in Easy Rider cool. See button-down shirts, love beads and short leather trench coat. Pete Campbell’s cult pyjamas, unforch, are notably absent (if we were Vincent Kartheiser, we would have taken them home for posterity).
While a 2010 auction included dresses worn by Betty Draper and Joan Harris, it’s accessories that bring in the series’ women characters this time. Joan and Betty once again fight it out to be crowned Mad Men queen. There’s lots of shoes (Betty’s metallic slippers are particularly fine), along with Betty’s engagement ring from Henry, and Joan’s emerald necklace, given to her by Herb Rennet, after she sleeps with him in series five. But it’s arguably Sally Draper’s items that are the best buys: they fit into fashion this season.
See a trash can and suitcase both covered in lawn-chair flower prints, and – possibly the most niche item in this auction – her washing-up gloves from the final episode. Priced at $100 for the starting bid, they may yet beat the Chanel rubber gloves to become the most desirable dish accessories around.