LOS ANGELES – Julien’s Auctions has announced Icons & Idols Trilogy: Hollywood, the movie memorabilia event of the season will be conducted on Thursday, Dec. 3. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
The top coming attraction on the marquee of over 500 items heading to auction comes from one of cinema’s most recognizable characters and 20th century pop culture icon, 007 agent James Band, played by the film franchise’s legendary actor, Sir Sean Connery. The Walther PP handgun (above) was used by Connery as James Bond, 007, in the first Bond film to come to the screen, Dr. No (EON Productions, 1962). In the cinematic debut of the character of James Bond, Connery uses this hero weapon throughout the film and helped to establish and define the character that has been featured in books, films and other media for the past nearly six decades. One of two Walther PP pistols in the film, this prop was identified by the original film armorer, BAPTY in the UK, who had it until the official BAPTY Archive auction in 2006. Its estimate is $150,000 to $200,000. Connery was knighted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in 2000. He died in the Bahamas on Oct. 31 at the age of 90.
Other top highlights of the auction include one of several production-made fighter pilot helmets created for use in filming by Tom Cruise in his iconic role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Tony Scott’s Top Gun (Paramount Pictures, 1986). The helmet was customized by the production with eagle insignia stickers and red and white striping with the letters “MAVERICK” across the front and is an important and rare production artifact from one of the most popular action films of the ’80s, (estimate: $30,000-$50,000); and a white Navy officer’s cap designed for the character Lt. Daniel Kaffee, played by Tom Cruise, in his 1992 film A Few Good Men (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).
A black leather motorcycle jacket worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator is expected to ride off at $30,000-$50,000 and a Westinghouse M25 40 watt phased plasma pulse rifle prop used by Skynet’s forces in the Future War scenes in the classic 1991 sci-fi film Terminator 2: Judgment Day should go for $4,000-$6,000.
An original foam latex animatronic Leonardo ninja turtle head from the 1993 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III carries a $20,000-$30,000 estimate.
A black eye patch worn by John Wayne in his Academy Award-winning role as Rooster Cogburn in 1969 film classic, True Grit (estimate: $2,000-$4,000) as well as items from the Back to the Future film franchise are also in this blockbuster sale.
Marilyn Monroe’s vintage costume Hobe et Cie parure, including a wide costume bracelet, ear clips, necklace and brooch featuring fuchsia oval cabochon and emerald and round cut rhinestones (estimate: $8,000-$10,000) add sparkle to the sale.
Props from Quentin Tarantino’s classic 1994 film Pulp Fiction include a stunt Katana sword used by Bruce Willis as the character Butch Coolidge and Geneva brand wristwatch worn by Samuel L. Jackson as the character Jules Winnfield.
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