Auction house Profiles in History is the place to go for
vintage memorabilia. This week, from September 28, Profiles in History is
hosting a massive 1,935-lot auction entirely of film memorabilia, the Hollywood Auction 74. Included are several items that will be of keen interest to
those of the geeky persuasion.
1550: A fibreglass test prototype of Darth Vader's helmet made between the
productions of "Star Wars: A New Hope" in 1977 and "Star Wars:
The Empire Strikes Back" in 1980 is expected to fetch $30,000-$50,000.
Lot 1558: Carrie Fisher's iconic slave Leia costume, seen in
1983's "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi," comes with production slides,
design drawings, notes, and alternate designs for the gold elements of the
costume that were deemed too ornate for the production. This version features
several pieces that were used on-set before being returned and replaced with
pieces that had been re-sized. It represents the most complete compilation of
original Star Wars artefacts to survive production, and is expected to sell for
$80,000-$120,000. You can read more about it here.
Lot 1540: R2-D2's eyes. Why R2-D2's eyes were separated from
the rest of the R2-D2 droid used in the production of 1977's "Star Wars: A
New Hope" is unknown and a little worrying, but if you are the kind of morbid
individual who collects droid eyes, this pair will set you back an estimated
Lot 878: This large-scale model of the Nautilus submarine from 1954's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" measures 274 centimetres long by 18 centimetres wide (9ft by 7 in). It was painstakingly created by retired
aeronautical engineer Larry Joplin over a period of 5 years, starting in 1997, from blueprints acquired from Disney. It's expected to auction for $10,000-$15,000.
1696: This full-scale fibreglass Velociraptor statue, created from Stan Winston
Studio moulds used to create the dinosaurs for 1993's "Jurassic Park." It's hand-painted and measures 3.86 metres (152 inches) from nose to tail. It's expected to bring in $10,000-$12,000.
The acrylic T-rex eye, used in the film's production, is
expected to go for $1,000-$1,500. Other Jurassic Park loot includes claws,
teeth, park vehicle license plates and John Parker's amber-topped cane.
1584: One of the few surviving fibreglass xenomorph heads crafted by surrealist
HR Giger for the 1979 film "Alien." The dome that fitted on the top of the head
is missing, but Giger's spectacular and iconic work remains otherwise intact.
The head measures 34 inches long and is expected to go for $60,000-$80,000.
Other "Alien" loot includes Ripley's white Tank top, worn by actor Sigourney Weaver, latex xenomorph hands, and a model of "The Betty" from "Alien Resurrection."
Lot 1347: Robert Shaw's 36.5-inch harpoon rifle, used by his
character Quint in the 1975 film "Jaws," complete with harpoon. Expected to sell for $60,000-$80,000, you're gonna need a bigger bank account.
Lot 1844: This scissor-hand glove and puppeteer rig, made
for the 1990 film "Edward Scissorhands," was made for the ice
sculpture scene by Stan Winston Studio, designed to withstand the rigour required
for the scene. It measures 38 inches from the handle to the tip of the longest
blade, and is expected to go for $6,000-$8,000.
Lots 1794, 1795, 1796 and 1797: Rorschach, Nite Owl, Ozymandias
and The Comedian costumes used in the production of 2009 film "Watchmen." Each is expected to fetch $8,000-$12,000, except the Rorshach
costume, which has been estimated at $12,000-$15,000.
Lot 1650: Marty McFly's 2015 self-lacing Nike Mags from the
1989 film "Back to the Future II." You could get a pair of official Nike replicas,
but only one lucky person can get this real deal used in the film's production...
1567 and 1568: Iconic Indiana Jones bullwhip and fedora, used during the
production of the first three Indiana Jones films (the bullwhip) and "Indiana
Jones and the Last Crusade" (the hat). The whip is expected to sell for
$100,000-$150,000, the hat for $30,000-$50,000.
Lot 1103: The crown of Joffrey Baratheon, worn by actor Jack
Gleeson during the first two seasons of "Game of Thrones," which
aired in 2011 and 2012. It's cast in resin and has been
painted to appear weathered. It'll come in at an estimated $15,000-$20,000.
1014: George Reeves was the second actor to play Superman in a live-action
adaptation, a black-and-white series that ran from 1952 to 1958. This suit and
special effects "flying pan" were worn by the actor during the 26-episode
production of the second season. The suit is actually grey, rather than the
more familiar blue, and the cape, trunks and boots are all dark brown. The fibreglass
and steel flying pan was devised after Reeves fell from the wires used to
simulate flight, and demanded that the producers demand a safer way of making
Superman fly. The set is expected to come in at $100,000-$150,000.
886: This laser pistol, used during the production of 1956's magnificent
"Forbidden Planet" and carried by the crewmembers of UPC C-57D,
lights up when a button located in the trigger position is pressed. It has been
rewired and fitted with an incandescent bulb so that it still works. It'll come
in at an estimated $20,000-$30,000.
Lot 1821: These do not look like appetising footwear.
They're the foam latex hobbit feet worn by actor Sean Astin as Samwise Gamgee during
the production of 2003's "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the
King." Ironically, they're not quite a foot long: Each foot
measures 11 inches. They're expected to fetch $6,000-$8,000.
Lot 1752: Frank the Bunny mask worn by actor James Duvall during
the production of 2004's "Donnie Darko." Only two of the masks, which
were cast to fit Duvall's face exactly, were made for the film. It's expected
to sell for $12,000-$15,000.
1748 and 1749: Resin Wolverine claws and Cyclops' visor, worn by actors Hugh
Jackman and James Marsden in the production of 2009's "X-Men Origins:
Wolverine" and "X-Men 2" respectively. The claws are expected to
sell for $8,000-$12,000, while the visor, one of three remaining in existence,
is expected to sell for $10,000-$12,000.
Lot 1614: Visual Instrument and Sensory Organ Replacement
(visor) worn by LeVar Burton as Geordi from Season 2 of "Star Trek: The
Next Generation" in 1988 through to and including the film "Star
Trek: First Contact" in 1996. Constructed from aluminium, brass, resin and
foam lining, it's expected to sell for $4,000-$6,000.
Other Star Trek loot up
for grabs includes Leonard Nimoy costumes, a collection of original scripts, and
a wig worn by William Shatner.