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Profiles In History Sets World Record Sale Of Hollywood Memorabilia by Charles Mohapel
Review by Charles Mohapel
Profiles In History News  ISBN/ITEM#: CM081217PIHSWR
Date: 17 December 2008

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Congratulations to Profiles in History for their record setting auction. We suspect that many collectors are delighted with their purchases, some of which will no doubt make excellent Christmas and birthday presents.

4-Day Total of $7.8 Million Eclipses Two-Year Old Mark By Over 1/2 Million Dollars

Calabasas, CA, December 16, 2008 - Profiles in History sold a world record $7.8 million dollars worth of Hollywood memorabilia in their just completed four-day auction marathon, breaking the $7.1 million in sales by Christie's Star Trek auction in 2006. Starting with Thursday's auction of close to 500 items, including Luke Skywalker's lightsaber that sold for $240,000, Profiles in History then completed the monumental sale of 3,000,000 scripts, costumes, movie posters, scripts, portraits, movie stills, lobby cards, fan magazines, press books, and other miscellaneous items - a three day liquidation of the inventory of Collectors Book Store in Hollywood, which included something from virtually every film and TV show ever produced in the United States and saw bidders around the world competing for thousands lots that began at just $200.

"In this troubled economy, collectors recognize the potential and the opportunity to invest in tangible assets such as Hollywood memorabilia, which have historically proven to be safe long term investments." said Joe Maddalena, President and CEO of Profiles in History.

Prior Profiles in History Hollywood auctions highlights have included the "Cowardly Lion" costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); A full-scale model T-800 Endoskeleton from Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($488,750); a King Kong Six-Sheet movie poster ($345,000); the Command Chair from the "U.S.S. Enterprise" ($304,750); the original "Robot" from Lost in Space ($264,500); the Black Beauty car from The Green Hornet ($192,000); George Reeves' Superman costume from The Adventures of Superman ($126,500); the H.R. Giger designed Alien creature suit from Alien ($126,500); a full-scale T-Rex head from Jurassic Park ($126,500), the Leaping Alien Warrior figure from Aliens ($126,500), a Christopher Reeve's 'Superman' costume from Superman: The Movie ($115,000), The Wizard of Oz 'Winkie' Guard Costume ($115,000); a "Ming the Merciless" cape from Flash Gordon ($115,000), and the Hydraulic screen-used Velociraptor from The Lost World: Jurassic Park II. ($115,000).

Profiles in History's next auction will be this coming Spring. For more information about Profiles in History and to download past catalogs, please visit

About Profiles in History:
Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the nation's leading dealer in guaranteed - authentic original historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs, and manuscripts. Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia. Their auctions include costumes, props, and set pieces from both vintage and contemporary film, television, and rock 'n roll. Profiles in History's location in Calabasas Hills, CA - virtually a stone's throw away from every major Hollywood studio - ensures a constant flow of fantastic and rare collectibles. With an extensive network of dealers, collectors, and institutions, they are proud to play an important role in the preservation of motion picture history.

Press Contact: Marc Kruskol

MJK Public Relations or (818) 997-0534

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