CALABASAS, Calif. – Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber from Star Wars and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is expected to capture $150,000-$180,000 as the top prop at a movie memorabilia auction to be held Dec. 11. More than 500 iconic pieces of Hollywood history are expected to total $3 million at Profiles in History’s 33rd Hollywood Auction.
Many of Hollywood’s greatest heroes will be represented.
Harrison Ford’s signature Indiana Jones fedora and whip from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom are expected to top $40,000-$60,000 each. The hero’s machete from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom carries a $80,000-$100,000 estimate.
Christian Bale’s signature Batman cowl from Batman Begins ($15,000-$20,000), Marlon Brando’s complete signature Jor-El costume from Superman: The Movie ($30,000-$50,000), Arnold Schwarzenegger’s signature T-800 Terminator costume from Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($20,000-$30,000), a signature Wolverine black leather battle suit from X-Men ($60,000-$80,000), and an original C-3PO droid helmet worn by Anthony Daniels in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi ($60,000-$80,000) will all be offered.
“I find people buy their memories,” said Joe Maddalena, owner of Profiles in History, a 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.”
Important items from TV history to be offered in the sale include Dean Cain’s Superman costume from Lois And Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman ($8,000-$10,000), Sally Field’s habit costume from The Flying Nun ($6,000-$8,000) and a signed Batman utility belt from the 1960s Batman series ($4,000-$6,000).
An important prop form the 1956 science-fiction classic Forbidden Planet is the original 82-inch diameter United Planets Cruiser C-57D flying saucer model, which has a $80,000-$120,000 estimate. A custom-built 1937 Mercedes German staff car from Raiders of the Lost Ark could top out at $60,000-$80,000.
A full-size animatronic Joe from Mighty Joe Young (1998), is expected to sell for $80,000-$120,000. It is one of 42 lots by six-time Academy Award winner Rick Baker that will 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, Calif.
A three-volume presentation first editions of The Lord of the Rings with inscription in Elvish with all three volumes signed by J.R.R. Tolkien ($80,000-$120,000) and a first British edition of You Only Live Twice inscribed by Ian Fleming to the real James Bond, an American ornithologist, ($60,000-$80,000) are additional highlights. A rare set of all seven Harry Potter books inscribed and signed by author J.K. Rowling has a $30,000-$50,000 estimate.
Worldwide bidding begins at noon (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. For more information about Profiles in History and to download a complete catalog of items available for auction visit www.profilesinhistory.com.
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