Making movies is a wasteful business.
Back in the day, nothing was thrown out. You’d see the same Greco-Roman pillar in everything from Ben Hur to Caligula. No longer. Everything is either thrown away, or sold to prop houses.
Which makes no sense to me. Why throw out the ten thousand outfits you made for Gladiator, when you’re just going to make Troy a few years later? (Of course, why would you make Troy at all?)
In preparation for a student film (many) years ago, I visited a prop house. The had all kinds of crazy stuff– guns, knives, giant sporting equipment, a painting of Vigo the Carpathian.
The next time Sony (which owns Columbia) wants an old painting of a dude standing on some skulls, they’re going to have to rent it back from the people they sold it to. Does that make any sense?