Profiles in History is a huge movie memorabilia house and they’re having a HUGE three day auction that includes some amazing old movie costumes that you would never have thought even still existed.
Like Tom Tyler “Captain Marvel” costume from the 1941 Adventures of Captain Marvel serial. Starting bid: $10,000
OR Dick Purcell’s “Captain America” tunic, cowl, and belt buckle from the 1944 serial.
And some other groovy stuff:
Yvette Mimieux’s “Dr. Kate McCrae” signature jumpsuit from The Black Hole. A steal at $800!!!
A bit more pricey and perhaps the ultimate: Steve McQueen’s racing jacket from Le Mans. Starting bid: $80,000.00
Or perhaps you would prefer the “Evil Superman” cape from Superman III. Only $8,000
There’s a bunch of stuff from Spider-Man 3, Including a Toby Maguire “Spider-Man” $20,000.00
And the Arctic Batsuit from Batman and Robin. Some would prefer, perhaps, to just burn this costume but at a starting bid of $40,000, maybe not.
Probably the greatest item I saw in my cursory look at the auction is the actual messed up T800 from Terminator 2 which is estimated to go for $120,000 – $150,000 . Worth quoting the description:
328. Arnold Schwarzenegger screen-used T-800 costume and display from Terminator 2: Judgment Day. (Carolco, 1991) This Arnold Schwarzenegger figure is screen used from head to toe, except for the fiberglass mannequin form beneath the costume. The head is a Stan Winston Studio animatronic Arnold T-800 head exposing the endoskull on the right side of the face. The fiberglass neck and substructure is covered with polyurethane skin painted to detail. The exposed endoskull is crafted of metal and metallized resin. Animatronic servos inside the head control movement of both eyes. The black motorcycle jacket was worn by Arnold in the film with a distress level indicative of use in the Galleria mall scene up through the middle of the film. The jacket has several pieces of black gaffers tape in various spots as the production needed to re-shoot scenes with less bullet holes (if viewed closely, one can see various jackets in the film with these pieces of tape). The white squares on the jacket are areas where tape has fallen off. The exposed T-800 chest prosthetic was worn by Arnold toward the end of the film. The base is fiberglass and painted silver to resemble metal. It is surrounded by flesh colored latex rubber with areas of red to resemble wounded skin. Attached shoulder and waist straps secured it to the actor. A screen used battle damaged t-shirt was worn over the appliance. The pleather pants, leather biker boots and belt are all screen used. The leather gloves exposing endoskeleton parts were worn by Arnold in the later stages of the film. Also included is the distressed ammo belt with three grenade rounds (two resin and one rubber) for his grenade launcher. This was worn when blowing up the Cyberdyne building, on through the end of the film at the mill. Topping off the ensemble is the rubber non-firing Winchester Model 1887 lever action shotgun used extensively by Arnold during filming due to weight and safety. The prop gun was part of the legendary Stembridge Armory Collection and sold by Little John’s Auction Service June 5, 2007, lot 426. Some areas of latex around the chest prosthetic have become brittle with minor loss. Mechanicals in the head are untested. Likely the finest Arnold Schwarzenegger screen used ensemble from the Academy Award-winning film.
However, if I were to pick an item for my collection, it might be Steve Zissou’s swim trunks (starting bid $2000) although a movie poster from one of the Zissou films might be more appropriate) or
The “Craig Schwartz” life size marionette from Being John Malkovich. Only $1,000 for one of the weirdest things in movie history!
Profiles in History also has an auction of The Frank Darabont Collection coming up at the end of jJuly, for those who prefer comics art. Seems the Shawshank Redemption director has quite an eye for art:
Featuring original works by master artists Bernie Wrightson, Mike Mignola, Sanjulian, Jack Davis, Will Eisner, Eric Powell, Bob Peak, Rich Corben, Vaughn Bode, bronzes by Ray Harryhausen, rare movie posters including a Frankenstein 1941 Italian 4-fogli, and more.
Ypu can buy a copy of the auction catalog or check it out here.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.