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Did You Know... why we use "Film:", even with searches for actors in our Auction History and Auction Galleries?

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Added: 06/20/2016

Setting up our Auction History and Auction Galleries in ways where you can quickly and accurately search well over a MILLION records (and almost as many images) was not easy! In this article we'll discuss in depth some features of our search that you may have not been aware of specifically involving when you are searching for actors (or any other people) rather than specific movies in our system.

WARNING: What you are about to read may be too "technical" for some readers: If so, just skip it, rather than giving yourself a headache!

When you type in a search and select a name from the list (such as SEAN CONNERY), our system adds "Film: " automatically to the search. This results in you searching for that name as a film title. This will only give you results when we list items specifically under that name (such as a personality poster or autographed item). If you prefer to see all items that include that person in the film description, you would type in the person's name and press enter (without selecting their name from the list), and then you'll see everything with that person.

Example from our Auction History of when you select Sean Connery from the list that appears:

Example from our Auction History of when you type Sean Connery and just press "enter" WITHOUT selecting his name from the list that appears:

The reason we have it setup this way is to make our search more powerful. For example, when someone wants to find items specifically from the film WINGS, it uses film: WINGS to get only results from that film. Otherwise, you would also get every other film title that involves Wings (such as Wings, Wings of Desire, Only Angels Have Wings, I Wanted Wings, etc). Surprisingly, many databases on the Internet have this "flaw", and it can be very hard (or impossible) to "zero in" on items solely from a specific title.

But of course, we also sometimes list items under that person's name. This is so that we can provide the biographies of that person (such as this one for Sean Connery):

"Sean Connery is a Scottish actor from the 1950s to the present. Though he is best known as James Bond, he has had a long and illustrious film career! He retired after "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" in 2003 (except for a couple of voice roles in small films). Some of his movie roles include: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Man Who Would Be King, The Untouchables, Darby O'Gill and the Little People, The Hill, The Longest Day, Marnie, Shalako, The Anderson Tapes, and Robin and Marian"

We also do that in cases where we auction personality posters, autographed items, or similar items where the item should be listed under the person's name instead of a film title. For example, we sold a signed photo of Sean Connery as James Bond in 2010, and it is listed as being from "Sean Connery".

What does it all mean!?

If you solely wanted to find those items such as the signed photo by Sean Connery, you would want to select his name from the drop-down list resulting in a search for "Film: Sean Connery".

If you wanted to search for every item involving Sean Connery, you would type Sean Connery and press enter (being sure NOT to select his name from the drop-down list).

But even if you forget all the above OR don't understand what it means, we just tweaked our system so that if you are potentially not seeing all the items you want, there will be a message displayed to you that looks like this (but it is in BIG RED LETTERS!):

"You are searching for SEAN CONNERY as a film title. This will only give you results when we list items specifically as SEAN CONNERY (such as a personality poster or autographed item). If you prefer to see all items that include SEAN CONNERY in the description, click here. Learn More"

And now you know why some search results will say "Film: Sean Connery", even though Mr. Connery is clearly not a "film"!

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