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Three Million Dollar Auction of Hollywood Memorabilia April 30 and May 1, 2009 by Press Release
Review by Charles Mohapel
Profiles in History News  ISBN/ITEM#: CM090414TMDAHM
Date: 14 April 2009

Links: Catalog - Hollywood Auction 36 - Day 1 / Catalog - Hollywood Auction 36 - Day 2 /

We thought that the list of items being auctioned from the collection of the late Forrest J. Ackerman (starting on April 30 to May 1, 2009) was impressive. That is until we saw a list of some of the other collectibles also being auctioned on those two days and thought that if Forry were still alive and maybe 20 years younger, he might be looking to add some of them to his collection.

For Immediate Release

Harrison Ford's Blaster From Blade Runner, Rita Hayworth's Signature Dress from Gilda, An Original 1931 Frankenstein Movie Poster, Charlton Heston's Planet of the Apes Costume, Darth Maul's Lightsaber, The Creature From The Black Lagoon Mask To Highlight Three Million Dollar Auction of Hollywood Memorabilia April 30 and May 1, 2009.

Profiles in History Auction to include collections from Sci-Fi and Horror pioneer Forrest J Ackerman's estate, the work of Tim Burton, Sci-Fi marketing guru Jeff Walker's Blade Runner collection and Stan Winston Studio created Items; Hollywood fine art photography and movie posters, costumes, props, and more.

Calabasas, CA, April 10, 2009 - The Harrison Ford "Rick Deckard" hero blaster from Blade Runner ($100,000-$150,000), an original Frankenstein one-sheet movie poster ($200,000-$250,000), the original Creature from the Black Lagoon hero "Gill Man" mask from Revenge of the Creature ($60,000-$80,000), Ray Park "Darth Maul" fighting lightsaber from Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace ($40,000-$60,000), Charlton Heston's "Colonel George Taylor" costume and display from Planet of the Apes ($40,000-$60,000) and Rita Hayworth's signature gown from Gilda ($30,000-$50,000) highlight just some of the 1,100 iconic pieces of Hollywood history that Profiles in History, the number one company in the world for authentic Hollywood memorabilia will offer on April 30 and May 1, 2009. Worldwide bidding begins at 12:00 PM (noon) April 30 and 11:00 AM May 1 and can be placed either in person, via mail, phone, fax, or live on the Internet at http://www.liveauctioneers.com/auctioneer/profiles-in-history. What better place to find a Mother's Day or Father's Day gift for the film or TV fan that has everything - or thought that they did?!

This unique auction will feature special collections, including items that sprung forth from the vivid and unique imagination of writer, director, animator, producer, and illustrator, Tim Burton including Johnny Depp's and Christina Ricci's complete hero costumes from Sleepy Hollow ($20,000-$30,000) and a screen-used "General Wellington" stop-motion animation puppet from Corpse Bride ($10,000-$20,000).

Along with the Blade Runner hero blaster, which many people consider the "holy grail" of Sci-Fi weapons, The Jeff Walker Blade Runner collection features Harrison Ford's "Rick Deckard" "Voight Kampff" costume ($30,000-$50,000) along with several other Harrison Ford worn costumes and many others props and costumes from the film. The Stan Winston Studio created collection includes the original battle display from Small Soldiers ($12,000-$15,000) and two Velociraptors feeding on a Triceratops display from Jurassic Park ($12,000-$15,000), among others.

Director John Landis, along with countless other Hollywood talents were deeply influenced by Sci-Fi and horror pioneer Forrest J Ackerman (Editors Note-NO period after the "J"). Landis wrote the heartfelt introduction to the auction catalog's Ackerman collection, excerpted here:

"Forrest J Ackerman holds a unique and special place in the history of Pop Culture. An author, an author's agent, sometime nudist, actor, Esperanto speaker, and a passionate promoter of all things Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. As Editor of and major contributor to Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine, Forry's direct influence on people like Guillermo del Toro, Rick Baker, Joe Dante, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Frank Darabont, Brian Singer, Stephen King, Mick Garris, Tobe Hooper, Sam Raimi, John Carpenter, Peter Jackson and countless others has had a tremendous impact on world literature and the movies. I hope that whoever ends up as the proud new owner of these sacred objects will appreciate them as much as Forry did."

The massive Ackerman collection includes a Dracula ring worn by Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula - the single most important Lugosi / Dracula screen worn piece to EVER come to auction ($20,000-$30,000). The collection also includes Lugosi's robe from The Raven, the most important 1930's horror costume to ever come to auction ($15,000-$20,000), a cape made for Lugosi in 1932 and used many times for his stage portrayal of Dracula. Lugosi then wore the costume in Plan 9 from Outer Space ($15,000-$20,000), a first edition of the book, Dracula signed by Bram Stoker and inscribed by Bela Lugosi to Forry Ackerman (also signed by a host of other Dracula-related personalities) ($6,000-8,000) and Fritz Lang's monocle, which he wore when he directed Metropolis, given to Forry by Lang: ($3,000-$5,000).

Other well-known props to be auctioned include a Pteranodon display featuring a full set of screen-used Pteranodons from Jurassic Park III ($40,000-$60,000), a screen-used Hunter/Killer Tank from The Terminator ($30,000-$50,000), Hugh Jackman's "Wolverine" hero claws from X-Men: The Last Stand ($30,000-$50,000), Ewan McGregor's "Obi-Wan Kenobi" lightsaber from Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace ($15,000-$20,000), Arnold Schwarzenegger "T-800 Terminator" stunt Gatling gun from Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($10,000-$12,000), Robin Williams' "Alan Parrish" hero "Jumanji" game, tooth necklace, watch, tortoise hat, and other items from Jumanji ($8,000-$10,000), John Belushi's prison employee identification card from The Blues Brothers ($6,000-$8,000) and Dominic Chianese's "Uncle Junior" hero live firing revolver used to shoot "Tony Soprano" in The Sopranos ($6,000-$8,000).

Additional screen-worn costumes include the complete hero Maurice Evans "Dr. Zaius" costume from The Planet of the Apes and Beneath the Planet of the Apes ($40,000-$60,000), a full-body, screen-used Terminator (T-800 model - aka CSM 101) from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines ($40,000-$60,000), Val Kilmer's "Batman/Sonar Batsuit" from Batman Forever ($40,000-$60,000), Jim Carrey's signature "Riddler" rhinestone unitard and glitter-covered creepers from Batman Forever ($30,000-$50,000), an original Anne Francis signature costume from Forbidden Planet ($20,000-$30,000), Tom Hanks' "Capt. John H. Miller" and Matt Damon's "Pvt. James Francis Ryan" hero costumes from Saving Private Ryan ($20,000-$30,000), Antonio Banderas' "Zorro" hero costume from The Legend of Zorro ($20,000-$30,000), Derek Mears "Jason Voorhees" costume from Friday the 13th ($20,000-$30,000), Hugh Jackman's "Wolverine" costume from X-Men ($15,000-$20,000) and Adam West's TV screen-used Batman tunic, tights, and briefs worn in Batman ($15,000-$20,000.

Music fans will covet the original Mick Jagger Rolling Stones manuscript lyrics for "Too Much Blood" ($15,000-$20,000), the original Jim Morrison Electro-Voice 676 microphone, Shure amplifier and "The Doors" travel case ($12,000-$15,000) and Jim Morrison's frock coat ($10,000-$15,000) among other treasures.

Movie poster, fine art photography and art collectors will have the opportunity to purchase rare pieces of Hollywood art including a Jezebel six-sheet poster ($40,000-$60,000), The Adventures of Tarzan six-sheet poster ($15,000-$20,000), The Wolf Man half-sheet poster ($15,000-$20,000), The Day the Earth Stood Still rare six-sheet poster ($12,000-$15,000), The Wizard of Oz Italian 55 x 39 ½ in. poster ($10,000-$15,000), a Louise Brooks oversize gallery portrait by Eugene Robert Richee ($6,000-$8,000), a Jean Harlow oversize gallery portrait from China Seas by George Hurrell and a King Kong exhibition portrait by Ernest A. Bachrach from King Kong ($4,000-$6,000 each), a collection of Mary Pickford portraits from her private collection, a King Kong and Fay Wray Exhibition Portrait by Ernest A. Bachrach from King Kong and an original theatre standee of Marilyn Monroe from The Seven Year Itch ($3,000-$5,000 each) among many others. There is also a large collection of costume, set, and production design art.

"I find people buy their memories," says Joe Maddalena, owner of Profiles in History, the nation's leading dealer of guaranteed-authentic original historical autographs and vintage Hollywood memorabilia. "It's all about memories, taking us back to a time, perhaps an event with a long lost relative who took you as a kid to see Star Wars. The baby boomers have come into the spending part of their lives. They have had success and are collecting their childhood. They want 50s, 60s and 70s TV collectibles or memorabilia, as this era of TV was such a huge part of their lives."

*Prices represent Estimated Sale Prices

High resolution art of all items is available upon request. For more information about Profiles in History and to download a complete catalog of items available for this and past auctions, please visit HYPERLINK "http://www.profilesinhistory.com/" \o "http://www.profilesinhistory.com/"www.profilesinhistory.com

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.

Prior Profiles in History Hollywood auctions highlights include 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); Luke Skywalker's lightsaber ($240,000), 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), Christopher Reeve's 'Superman' costume from Superman: The Movie ($115,000), C-3PO's helmet ($120,000), 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).

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