A complete costume worn by Christopher Reeve in his first Superman film, (*$50,000-$70,000), a Bat Suit worn by Val Kilmer in Batman Forever (*$50,000-$70,000), an extremely rare Wicked Witch of the West "Winkie" guard costume from The Wizard of Oz,(*$100,000-$120,000), Marilyn Monroe's gown from There's No Business Like Show Business, (*$80,000-$100,000) along with her personal hand-annotated script from The Seven Year Itch (*$60,000-$80,000) are just a few of the items Profiles in History will offer for sale on April 5, 2007 starting at 11:00am. Other coveted items that will be up for bid as part of their 27th auction include Producer Ilya Salkind's Superman collection, featuring Yvonne Blake's costume designs for Reeve as Superman and Marlon Brando as "Jor-El," the original, unpublished archive of transcripts of his brainstorming meetings with writer Mario Puzo discussing the "Genesis of Superman," and his personal Superman script.
Sci-Fi collectors will get the chance to own a Leonard Nimoy "Spock" tunic from the first season of Star Trek,(*$30,000-$50,000) an H.R. Giger Alien Creature suit worn in Alien, (*100,000-$120,000), Arnold Schwarzenegger's costume from Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines (*$20,000-$30,000), Hugh Jackman's Wolverine claws from X2: X-Men United , (*$10,000-$12,000), Samuel L. Jackson's stunt fighting lightsaber from Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones (*$40,000-$60,000) and the "Staff of Ra" head piece from Raiders of the Lost Ark (*$60,000-$80,000).
Uncle Junior tried -- and failed to get Tony Soprano, but you can get the "bloody" shirt worn by James Gandolfini in the sixth season cliffhanger finale (*$2,000+). And if you ever wanted an Academy Award®, or Grammy®, the bids for the 1941 Oscar® for Best Effects / Special Effects and Stevie Wonder's Album of the Year producer's Grammy® for Innervisions are expected to fetch $20,000-$30,000 each. Tired of your old jalopy? An original car from Disneyland's "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" is expected to go for $20,000-$30,000.
This is Profiles in History's first auction since moving from Beverly Hills to their new, spacious headquarters in Calabasas Hills, CA. During Profiles' last auction, they sold the original "Cowardly Lion" costume from The Wizard of Oz for $805,000. Other memorable items they've sold include 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 lightsaber from Star Wars ($195,500), the Black Beauty car from The Green Hornet ($192,000) and George Reeves' Superman costume from The Adventures of Superman ($126,500).
"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 fantasy, 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 spenders. They want 50's, 60's and 70's TV collectibles, as this era of TV was such a huge part of our lives."
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