Michael Shanks Official Annual Auction Commences

Ten years of a record-breaking series are over, and yet “Stargate SG-1” is still very much alive and kicking. The first six months of 2008 have already seen the release of one of two (so far) made-for-DVD movies – “Stargate: The Ark of Truth” – and its accompanying CD soundtrack, two audio dramas from Big Finish Productions – “Gift of The Gods” and “Shell Game” – performed by series stars Michael Shanks and Claudia Black, and additional authorised novels set in the SG-1 universe from Fandemonium Books.

With the release of the second DVD movie – “Stargate Continuum” – imminent, Michael Shanks Online, the official website for actor Michael Shanks  is launching their fourth annual online auction, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, the charity supported by SG-1 actors Michael Shanks and his wife, Lexa Doig.

With a collection of memorabilia to attract even the mildest of “SG-1” fans – including some of Shanks’ own scripts from the series – the auction will also appeal to a broad range of science fiction afficionados, featuring items from past and current popular series such as “Battlestar Galactica”, “Supernatural”, “The X-Files”, “Andromeda”, “Farscape”, and the “SG-1” spin-off, “Stargate Atlantis.”

Included among the many items available for auction:

* Michael Shanks’ signed, personal “SG-1” scripts (with hand-written notations), plus scripts and call sheets from his appearances on the Fox Network series “24” and the Sci-Fi channel series “Eureka”.

* Stargate DVDs signed by the original movie’s stars, Kurt Russell, Mili Avatal, Erick Avari and Alexis Cruz.

* Photos, posters, DVDs and action figures signed by – among others – Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles (“Supernatural”), Jamie Bamber and Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica”), Torri Higginson, Joe Flanigan, Paul McGillion and Rainbow Sun Francks (“Stargate Atlantis”), Richard Burgi and Garett Maggart (“The Sentinel”).

* “SG-1” team and individual photos, DVDs, and more, signed by Michael Shanks, Christopher Judge, Amanda Tapping, Ben Browder, Claudia Black and Beau Bridges.

In the last three years, the Michael Shanks Online auctions have raised just over $43,000 U.S. for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. This year’s auction, which includes items donated and/or signed for the auction by Michael Shanks, Lexa Doig, Kurt Russell, Beau Bridges, Christopher Judge, Amanda Tapping, Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Richard Burgi, Scott Bakula and Connor Trinneer – among many others – promises to be even more exciting than the last. The auction will also include items donated by such organizations as the University of British Columbia, Legends Memorabilia, Insight Film Studios, American Cinema International and Creation Entertainment.

The first 20 of approximately 200 items will be launched on Monday, 16 June 2008, with additional items added each day. For further details, and for links to the auction items from 16 June, check the Michael Shanks Online website