Hollywood’s props and costumes from the most recognizable characters on sale
At the upcoming Hollywood Auction held by the world’s largest auctioneer of original Hollywood memorabilia, Profiles in History, worldwide collectors will not only get to grab Tom Cruise’s ‘Risky Business’ Porsche 928, but also the rare costumes from some of the Hollywood’s most recognizable and legandary characters. Some of the infamous and sought-after costumes, including the Michael Keaton’s 1989 Batman ensemble, the 1978 original Superman outfit worn by iconic character Christopher Reeve, unbeatable Russell Crowe’s chest armour from Gladiator and the hairy mask of Peter Mayhew’s Chewbacca, will be auctioned as part of the Hollywood ‘Treasure from the Vaults’ auction, which begins from July 28 in Los Angeles, California. The auctioneer have reportedly spent the good part of the year assembling a collection of almost 1,100 items, comprising of props, artworks, costumes, and posters from some of the biggest blockbusters of all time.
The Superman outfit that was originally worn by Christopher Reeve in the 1978 film “Superman: The Movie”, is expected to fetch a price between $60,000 and $80,000. Also, we have earlier seen the sale of special effects costume worn by Christopher Reeve in Superman IV at the Julien’s Auction Hollywood Legends Sale.
UPDATE: Superman costume from the 1978 Christopher Reeve movie was sold for $79,950.
Another notable auction up for grabs is the Michael Keaton’s 1989 Batman outfit with its rubber bodysuit, cape and cowl. After seeing the Batman #1 comic sale for whopping $850,000, it can be expected that this particular Batman costume will fetch a price more than its expected price of $30,000 to $50,000.
Speaking about the Star Wars, any memorabilia related to this epic space saga created by George Lucas in 1977, fetches handsome prices at the auctions, which becomes apparent from the sale of solid gold Star Wars figurines and rare Star Wars poster, to name a few. Now, the unforgettable hairy mask from Peter Mayhew’s Chewbacca from Star Wars is expected to be auctioned off for $60,000 to $80,000.
UPDATE: ‘Star Wars’ Chewbacca headpiece has been sold for $172,000 at the auction. The original Star Wars memorabilia turned out to be the most expensive Hollywood prop at the auction fetching far more than its estimated price. The $172,000 ($140,000 plus $32,200 buyer’s premium) price tag includes signed photographs from Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca, and Stuart Freeborn, who designed the costume.
Profiles in History described it as the finest “screen correct” Chewbacca headpiece in private hands. “It comprises a full-head cowl finished with period-made facial pieces, such as the front jaw, nose, teeth and tongue.”
Also, the iconic Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine claws in the series of X-Men films could fetch a price between $20,000 and $30,000.
Russell Crowe’s and the Gladiator fans also stand a chance to grab the chest armour from the legendary movie Gladiator for a price between $15,000 and $20,000.
UPDATE: Russell Crowe’s chest armor from “Gladiator” has been sold for $58,425