I think there are a half dozen things on at this auction I’m interested in putting on my Christmas list.Â The utility belt worn by Adam West in the 1960s Batman television series is only going for between $4,000 and $6,000, the outfits worn in the Buckaroo Banzai movie are only $3,000 each, and the cowl that Christian Bale wore in Batman Begins is a bargain at $20,000.Â Too bad that Major Spoilers Tip Jar is empty (joke).Â This is the 33rd Annual Profiles in History Auction that kicks off on December 11.
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Mark Hamill’s hero “Luke Skywalker” lightsaber from Star Wars and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back ($150,000-$180,000), the original 82-inch diameter hero “United Planets Cruiser C-57D” flying saucer filming miniature from Forbidden Planet ($80,000-$120,000); three volume presentation First Editions of The Lord of the Rings with Elvish inscription with all three volumes signed by J.R.R. Tolkien ($80,000-$120,000), Harrison Ford’s “Indiana Jones” hero machete from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ($80,000-$100,000) and a First British Edition of You Only Live Twice inscribed by Ian Fleming to the real James Bond ($60,000-$80,000) highlight just some of the 500+ iconic pieces of Hollywood history that Profiles in History (www.profilesinhistory.com), the number one company in the world for authentic Hollywood memorabilia, will offer in their 33rd Hollywood auction, which will be held December 11, 2008. Worldwide bidding begins at 12:00pm (PST). Bids can be placed either in person, via mail, phone, fax or live on the Internet via eBay Live Auctions (www.ebayliveauctions.com) or (www.LiveAuctioneers.com). What better place to find a gift for the film or TV fan that has everything-or thought that they did!
A full-sized animatronic “Joe” from Mighty Joe Young, expected to sell for $80,000-$120,000 is one of 42 lots comprised of the spectacular work of six-time Academy Award winner Rick Baker will also be included in the auction. A signed letter of authenticity by Baker’s Cinovation Studios accompanies all of these pieces. The consignor will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each piece to the Motion Picture Relief Fund and Country Home in Woodland Hills, CA.
Other featured items include a Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi original “C-3PO” droid helmet worn by Anthony Daniels ($60,000-$80,000), a custom-built “1937 Mercedes” German staff car from Raiders of the Lost Ark ($60,000-$80,000), a signature “Wolverine” black leather battlesuit from X-Men ($60,000-$80,000), Harrison Ford’s signature “Indiana Jones” fedora hat and whip from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ($40,000-$60,000 each), Bruce Lee’s handwritten notebook for his intended book entitled The Tao of Chinese Gung Fu ($40,000-$60,000), the original Harvey Stephens “Damien” tricycle from The Omen ($30,000-$50,000), Marlon Brando’s complete signature “Jor-El” costume from Superman: The Movie ($30,000-$50,000), an extremely rare set of all seven Harry Potter books inscribed and signed by J. K. Rowling ($30,000-$50,000), James Dean’s signature screen-worn “Jett Rink” vest from Giant ($30,000-$40,000), Jimi Hendrix’s original guitar strap used at the Woodstock Music and Art Festival in 1969 ($25,000-$35,000) and a complete, original shooting script for The Wizard of Oz ($10,000-$15,000).
Other well-known props include an original screen-used “Santa Jack” stop-motion puppet, dog “Zero” puppet, skeleton reindeer puppet and Jack’s prop trashcan with presents from A Nightmare Before Christmas ($25,000-$35,000), Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi original “C-3PO” droid hands worn by Anthony Daniels ($20,000-$30,000), original screen-used “Freddy the Flute” prop from H.R. Pufnstuf ($12,000-$15,000), hero screen-used “Wrath of God” ghost puppet from Raiders of the Lost Ark ($12,000-$15,000), signed Batman Utility Belt From The 1960s TV Series, Batman ($4,000-$6,000), the original John Travolta hero articulated angel wings from Michael ($4,000-$6,000), and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s sunglasses From Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($2,000-$3,000).
Additional screen-worn costumes include Arnold Schwarzenegger’s signature “T-800 Terminator” costume from Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($20,000-$30,000), Jim Carrey’s complete signature “Riddler” costume from Batman Forever ($20,000-$30,000), a screen-used frozen “Robin” costume and display from Batman And Robin, ($20,000-$30,000), Christian Bale’s signature “Batman” cowl from Batman Begins ($15,000-$20,000), an original “Gorn” costume from Star Trek: The Original Series episode “Arena” ($10,000-$12,000), Robert Redford’s signature suit from The Sting ($10,000-$12,000), Susannah York’s “Lara” costume from Superman: The Movie ($10,000-$12,000), a complete screen-used Jaffa costume with working serpent helmet from Stargate SG-1 ($10,000-$12,000), Dean Cain’s Superman costume from Lois And Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman ($8,000-$10,000), Sally Field’s nun’s habit from The Flying Nun ($6,000-$8,000), Heath Ledger’s armor from A Knights Tale ($6,000-$8,000), Christopher Reeve’s “Clark Kent” costume from Superman III ($5,000-$7,000) and Hugh Jackman’s signature costume from Van Helsing ($10,000-$12,000).
Art, photo and book collectors will have the opportunity to purchase rare pieces of Hollywood fine art and author-inscribed books including a Josephine Baker’s first film, Die Konigin Von Paris [La Revue Des Revues; The Revue of Revues] Austrian poster ($40,000-$60,000), a First British Edition of The Spy Who Loved Me, inscribed by Ian Fleming to Richard Chopping ($40,000-$60,000), The Black Pirate one-sheet poster ($40,000-$60,000), a First British Edition Of Goldfinger, inscribed By Ian Fleming ($30,000-$50,000), an extremely rare set of all seven Harry Potter books inscribed and signed by J. K. Rowling ($30,000-450,000, a First British Edition of Thunderball inscribed By Ian Fleming ($25,000-$35,000), a First British Edition of For Your Eyes Only: Five Secret Occasions In The Life Of James Bond, inscribed by Ian Fleming ($20,000-$30,000), a First American Edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone inscribed to her father and stepmother! ($15,000-$18,000), a Greta Garbo portrait by Clarence Sinclair Bull from Inspiration ($4,000-6,000), a Greta Garbo portrait by Clarence Sinclair Bull from Mata Hari ($4,000-$6,000), a King Kong, Fay Wray and cast members composite exhibition portrait by Ernest A. Bachrach from King Kong ($4,000-$6,000) a map of Middle Earth from Lord of the Rings, signed by J.R.R. Tolkien ($4,000-$6,000), an original poster advertising Ian Fleming’s James Bond novel, Thunderball ($4,000-$6,000), and an Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein one-sheet poster ($4,000, $6,000).
Prior Hollywood auctions conducted by Profiles in History have included the sale of the original “Cowardly Lion” costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000), an original, screen-used, full-scale model T-800 Endoskeleton from Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($488,750), a Star Wars T.I.E. Fighter for $402,500, an original King Kong “six-sheet” movie poster ($345,000), the Command Chair and platform from the “U.S.S. Enterprise” ($304,750), the original “Robot” from Lost in Space ($264,500), Luke Skywalker’s light saber from Star Wars ($195,500), the Black Beauty car from The Green Hornet ($192,000), George Reeves’ Superman costume from The Adventures of Superman ($126,500), the H.R. Giger designed Alien creature suit from the film Alien ($126,500), a screen-used, full-scale T-Rex head from Jurassic Park ($126,500), a Christopher Reeve “Superman” costume from Superman: The Movie ($115,000), The Wizard of Oz “Winkie” Guard Costume ($115,000), a hydraulic screen-used Velociraptor from The Lost World: Jurassic Park II ($115,000), Charles Middleton “Ming the Merciless” cape from Flash Gordon ($115,000) and Michael Keaton’s complete “Batman” costume from Batman Returns ($103,500).
“I find people buy their memories,” says Joe Maddalena, owner of Profiles in History, the nation’s leading dealer of guaranteed-authentic original historical autographs and vintage Hollywood memorabilia. “It’s all about memories, taking us back to a time, perhaps an event with a long lost relative who took you as a kid to see Star Wars. The baby boomers have come into the spending part of their lives. They have had success and are collecting their childhood. They want 50s, 60s and 70s TV collectibles or memorabilia, as this era of TV was such a huge part of their lives.”