Future of 'Heroes' paintings up for grabs


Looking for clues to the fate of the "Heroes"?

Three original paintings by artist Tim Sale featured in NBC's hit series that foretell the characters' future are part of an online auction launching Monday by NBC Universal Video, Music & Product Development and Delivery Agent in conjunction with the NBC Universal Online Store.

The auction, which can be found at www.NBC.com/auctions, will feature props, wardrobe items and other collectibles from NBC and Universal Media Studios series including "Heroes," "The Office," "30 Rock," "Las Vegas" and "Friday Night Lights."

The first group of items, which will be available to bid on through Dec. 3, also will include Michael Scott's (Steve Carell) Timex watch and Hawaiian "Convention" shirt from "The Office"; a poker set used by the main cast of "30 Rock"; Tim Riggins' (Taylor Kitsch) jersey, a signed football by three cast members and a megaphone signed by Minka Kelly from "Friday Night Lights"; and Danny's (Josh Duhamel) signed Letterman jacket from "Las Vegas."

A portion of the auction's proceeds will benefit the United Way and its various partner organizations.

Kim Niemi, senior vp at NBC Universal Video, Music & Product Development, said this marks the first time the company has launched an auction platform offering multiple items. She said they've been working for about a year to gather up the best items for the shows' fans.

"We worked with the shows to identify props and wardrobe items and pieces that the fans are really excited about," she said. "We have a great selection of dozens and dozens of items."

Niemi added that each auction will last two weeks, with a new group of items becoming available about every three weeks.

Added Vivi Zigler, executive vp at NBC Digital Entertainment: "It's great to host an event like this, where fans get to own a piece of their favorite show. It's the ultimate interactive experience."

United Way of American president and CEO Brian Gallagher noted the significance of the auction to his organization.

"We are delighted that NBC can leverage this exciting and unique online event to support the work of United Way to advance the common good and improve the lives of millions of Americans," he said.

Added Delivery Agent CEO Mike Fitzsimmons: "As a valued partner, we are excited to deploy this interactive first-of-its kind auction for NBC. We strive to provide innovative tools for our partners to offer some of the coolest products to their dedicated viewers in new and exciting ways."