LOS ANGELES – One of the most recognized superhero costume pieces of all time – an original cape worn by Christopher Reeve in his iconic role as the Man of Steel in Superman (Warner Bros., 1978) – soared at Julien’s Auctions on Monday, selling for $193,750 and setting a new world record as the most expensive superhero cape sold at auction. Julien’s Auctions held its blockbuster auction event Icons & Idols: Hollywood on Dec. 16 in Beverly Hills.
The year-end extravaganza’s over 400 fantastical items taken from the vault and production archives of Hollywood’s greatest films from the Golden Age of Hollywood to today’s modern and new box office classics dazzled the auction marquee.
The famous Superman cape made its only second auction appearance today after 40 years and was part of a world-wide contest to promote the movie’s release in 1979 with the grand prize being one of the six original capes made for and used in the film. The item’s provenance included a letter from DC Comics’ president as well as the editor and publisher and a copy of a photo of Christopher Reeve choosing the winner and more.
Props, artifacts and costumes from the Star Trek universe boldly went where no auction has gone before with the top-selling item coming from the franchise’s popular commander, Capt. Jean-Luc Picard. Patrick Stewart’s Starfleet dress uniform worn in Star Trek: The Next Generation sold for $28,800.
Another favorite was Dan Aykroyd’s Ray Stantz jumpsuit from Ghostbusters II, which raised $32,000.