$5,000,000 Profiles In History Auction October 8-9
by Profiles In History
Review by Charles Mohapel
Profiles In History News ISBN/ITEM#: CM091004PIHAOC
Date: 04 October 2009
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Calabasas, CA, October 2, 2009 - Michael Jackson's iconic illuminating white glove, adorned with crystals from his "Suit of Lights" worn on stage during The Jackson's Victory Tour ($60,000-$80,000), Elvis Presley's personal Martin D-28 guitar stage-used in his final Las Vegas performance ($60,000-$80,000), Amelia Earhart's original flight goggles worn during her historic 1932 record-breaking solo transatlantic flight ($100,000-$150,000), Michael Keaton hero "Batman" costume and display from Batman Returns ($60,000-$80,000), Astronaut Gus Grissom's worn Mercury flight suit ($40,000-$60,000) and Christopher Reeve hero evil Superman suit from Superman III ($30,000-$50,000) highlight just some of the 1,000+ iconic pieces of Hollywood and world history that Profiles in History, the world's leading auctioneer of Hollywood memorabilia will offer on October 8-9, 2009. Other featured items include 85 lots representing the most iconic characters ever created for film by multiple Academy Award-winner Stan Winston, including those from the Jurassic Park, Terminator and Predator film franchises, with a cumulative value of over $1,000,000, part of the proceeds of which will go to fund the new Stan Winston Visual Effects Scholarship at The University of Southern California. 52 lots of visual effects pieces from multiple Academy Award-winner Richard Edlund will also be featured, including those from Ghostbusters, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark films, 2010, Masters of the Universe and more.
This unique auction will also feature 49 lots of props and set pieces inspired by the vivid and unique imagination of writer, director, producer and illustrator Tim Burton, representing films including The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, Sleepy Hollow and Corpse Bride.
Worldwide bidding begins at 12:00 PM (noon) both days and can be placed either in person, via mail, phone, fax or live on the Internet at: http://www.icollector.com/Hollywood-Auction-37_a5736. You will not find a better place to find the perfect gift for the film, TV fan or collector who has everything. And with Halloween around the corner, why purchase a bad imitation costume when YOU CAN OWN THE REAL THING?
In addition to Amelia Earhart's flight-worn goggles and Gus Grissom's flight suit, this auction will include some other noteworthy "non-Hollywood" items including Neil Armstrong's baseball cap worn after splash-down and recovery from the historic Apollo 11 mission to the moon ($10,000-$12,000), an Oskar Schindler autographed letter signed to Itzhak Stern ($8,000-$10,000-details about the letter available on the auction website-there are also several items from the film Schindler's List available), an early production Apple Macintosh 128 computer given to Gene Roddenberry by Apple Computer ($800-$1,200), and Harry Houdini's actual prison cell lock and key from Newgate Prison, London, from which he escaped ($20,000-$25,000).
"This auction has literally something for everybody. From the icons of music-Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley, to iconic characters from film-Batman, Indiana Jones, The Terminator, Transformers, and even the icons of flight-Amelia Earhart and Neil Armstrong, this sale covers so many genres and fields of interest it is hard to convey in a brief press release," said Joe Maddalena, president of Profiles in History.
Additional props to be auctioned include: Original hero screen-used T-800 endoskeleton from T2 3-D: Battle Across Time ($80,000-$120,000), the full-scale, 17' screen-used Hero Bumblebee robot from Transformers ($60,000-$80,000), a screen-used T-1 battle-ready armored drone from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines ($40,000-$60,000), a full-size "Predator" display from Predator and Predator 2 ($40,000-$60,000), a screen-used full-scale Spinosaur head from Jurassic Park III ($40,000-$60,000), a screen-used Oogie Boogie stop-motion puppet from The Nightmare Before Christmas ($40,000-$60,000), Harrison Ford signature hero "Indiana Jones" bullwhip from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade ($30,000-$50,000), the Hero laser rifle from Forbidden Planet ($30,000-$50,000), a full-scale male T-Rex head display from Jurassic Park ($30,000-$50,000), Jean Reno's "Léon" hero Beretta 92 pistol from The Professional ($30,000-$40,000), a collection of Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe prop hero swords and weapons from The Last Samurai ($20,000-$30,000), Bruce Willis "Korben Dallas" hero blaster from The Fifth Element ($20,000-$30,000), James Gandolfini's Sig 226 used to shoot "Big Pussy" in The Sopranos ($8,000-$12,000), a fully functioning 1977 Chevy Camaro Bumblebee Car from Transformers ($12,000-$15,000), and Walker Edmiston archive of Time for Beany show puppets and memorabilia ($60,000-$80,000).
Other screen-worn costumes include: Screen-used Terminator T-800 complete costume and display from Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($40,000-$60,000), Michael Jackson original costume from American Music Awards 1981 ($40,000-$60,000), Original hero Stormtrooper helmet from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi ($30,000-$50,000), Russell Crowe two hero costumes from Gladiator ($25,000-$35,000), Stephen Boyd complete "Messala" charioteer costume from the iconic chariot race sequence in Ben-Hur ($20,000-$30,000), Robert Englund complete "Freddy Kreuger" costume from A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child ($20,000-$30,000), Karate Gi worn and owned by Elvis Presley, used as the model for the McCormick Distillery whiskey decanter ($20,000-$30,000), Jackson 5 stage-worn brightly colored Boyd Clopton costume ensemble featuring a shirt worn by Michael Jackson while singing "I'll Be There" ($15,000-$20,000), Brandon Lee hero costume from The Crow ($12,000-$15,000), Michael Jai White "Spawn" hero battle suit and display from Spawn ($12,000-$15,000), Wesley Snipes hero "Blade" costume from Blade ($12,000-$15,000), Sally Field nun habit from The Flying Nun ($8,000-$12,000), Mel Gibson "William Wallace" signature kilt from Braveheart ($8,000-$10,000), William Shatner "Admiral Kirk" Starfleet Class A Uniform from Star Trek: The Motion Picture ($6,000-$8,000), Charlton Heston signature "Ben-Hur" chariot racing helmet from Ben-Hur ($6,000-$8,000), Mike Myers "Dr. Evil" silver suit from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me ($6,000-$8,000), and his signature "Austin Powers" groovy suit jacket and pants from Austin Powers in Goldmember ($5,000-$7,000), "the sexiest woman in the world"-Megan Fox's hero black leather motorcycle costume and hero motorcycle airbrushing costume worn as "Mikaela Banes" from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($3,000-$5,000 EACH).
Movie poster, fine art photography and art collectors will have the opportunity to purchase rare and vintage art including a Greta Garbo inscribed portrait ($8,000-$12,000), an exceptional Babe Ruth vintage oversize photograph signed ($8,000-$12,000), a Louise Brooks gallery portrait from Pandora's Box (Die Buchse der Pandora) ($8,000-$12,000), Marlene Dietrich artist proof contact print by Irving Penn ($8,000-$12,000), a Psycho one-sheet poster signed by Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins and others ($2,000-$3,000), a collection of 25 Frank Sinatra film posters ($4,000-$6,000), a 20 Million Miles to Earth one-sheet poster ($3,000-$5,000), and an Alien advance one-sheet poster ($1,000-$1,500) among others.
*Prices represent Estimated Sale Prices
Megan Fox - Sexiest Woman in the World-"Mikaela Banes" short shorts and tank top from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and a 17 foot screen-used Bumble Bee Autobot to hit the auction block!
16' 10", 3200 Pound Full-Scale Hero Bumblee Robot; Bumblebee Camaro; Original Optimus Prime CGI Head and all principal wardrobe worn by Megan Fox and Shia LaBeouf are among over 100 Items from the Transformers Films To Be Offered October 8-9 By Profiles in History
Calabasas, CA September 22, 2009 - Profiles in History, the world's leading auctioneer of Hollywood memorabilia, will be putting up for auction over 100 props, costumes and set pieces from The Transformers film franchise. Included in these items are the 16' 10 7/8" tall, 3200 pound full-scale screen-used Hero Bumblee robot from Transformers ($60,000-($80,000); the fully functional 1977 Chevy Camaro Bumblebee car from Transformers ($12,000-$15,000); the original Optimus Prime CGI head from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($4,000-$6,000); hero fragment of the Allspark ($800-1,200), hero Matrix of Leadership ($3,000-5,000) from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Megan Fox's hero short shorts and tank top worn in the motorcycle airbrushing scene and her black leather motorcycle costume worn as "Mikaela Banes" ($3,000-$5,000 each) from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. There are numerous other costumes, set pieces and props worn and used by Fox, Shia LaBeouf, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Rainn Wilson, Ramon Rodriguez and Isabel Lucas, including a vast array of NEST Team weapons, among others that will also be available as part of Profiles in History's October 8-9, 2009 auction of Hollywood memorabilia. Worldwide bidding begins at 12:00 PM (noon) both days and can be placed either in person, via mail, phone, fax or live on the Internet. For more information and to register to bid, visit http://www.icollector.com/Hollywood-Auction-37_a5736 .
"Megan Fox has become the new sex symbol - anything worn by her is in great demand by collectors. Transformers made her a star and I expect her costumes to perform very well at auction. The 17-foot Bumblebee robot speaks for itself.it's such an amazing spectacle and a pop culture icon that I expect bidders to go crazy," said Joe Maddalena, president of Profiles in History."
Already announced as part of the same auction are Michael Jackson's iconic illuminating white glove that he wore on the Victory Tour as well as the original cover art from The Jacksons "Victory" album, and an early production Macintosh 128 computer, given to Gene Roddenberry by Apple Computer, Inc.
Descriptions of Just a Few of the items included in the auction:
Full-scale screen-used Hero Bumblee robot from Transformers ($60,000 - $80,000)
(Paramount, 2007) Standing exactly 16 feet 10 7/8 inches tall and weighing 3200 pounds, this screen-used hero Bumblebee robot is an incredible feat of engineering craftsmanship. Built by renowned special effects company FXperts, Inc. (a.k.a. John Frazier Special Effects), Bumblebee was the result of a direct request by Director Michael Bay for a full-size Transformer. He was used prominently in all the critical scenes in the film: when Sam and Mikaela are first introduced to all the Autobots; when Bumblebee is captured by Sector 7 with a helicopter; in the interior of the Hoover Dam; and on the back of a tow truck during the final battle sequences. As a major character in the film, Bumblebee has become one of the most popular and beloved Transformers. Since the opening of the movie, this Bumblebee robot has been on a worldwide tour, to such locations as Japan, Korea, London, Las Vegas, Dallas, Chicago, New York, and Bolton, Mississippi. He was also featured at the Los Angeles premieres, Universal Studios, Cannes Festival, and Indy 500, where he drew as big of a crowd as the Indy cars. With poseable arms, Bumblee stands a full 16' 10 7/8" tall and 13' 5 13/16" wide when fully assembled. He is currently de-assemble and housed in three large wooden crates. Assistance with assembly can be provided, if needed.
1977 Chevy Camaro Bumblebee car from Transformers ($12,000-$15,000), Paramount, 2007) This fully functional 1977 Chevy Camaro, used as the Bumblebee car, is yellow with black racing stripes and has primer and rust patches, riveted cowl induction hood scoop, Cragar SS wheels up front, Eric Vaughn Real Wheels in the back, marine-grade vinyl seats, and even an eight-track player. This is the disguise that the courageous and loyal Autobot, Bumblebee, chose as he becomes Sam Witwicky's (Shia LaBeouf) first car and ultimately his guardian, sent by Optimus Prime to protect Sam from the Decepticons. Sam and Bumblebee naturally form a close bond and Bumblebee eventually remains as Sam's guardian even after the Autobots foil the Decepticons' plot. Bumblebee spends the first part of the film as the 1977 model until Mikaela Banes (Megan Fox), who had refused to sit in the driver's seat during a sequence when Bumblebee was driving, rhetorically asks Sam, "If he's like, this super-advanced robot, why does he transform into this piece-of-crap Camaro?" Mildly insulted, Bumblebee then transforms into the sleek and shiny 2009 model. Somewhat "studio-distressed" but entirely serviceable, this vehicle comes with a certificate of authenticity from Bay Films/Paramount Pictures. Sold "As Is".
Original Optimus Prime CGI head from from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($4,000-$6,000) (Paramount, 2009) Special effects green-screen head used for CGI sequences, the head is constructed of Styrofoam painted blue. It measures 51" x 40" x 47" tall. In need of restoration as ear pieces are broken. Comes with a certificate of authenticity from Bay Films/Paramount Pictures.
Megan Fox's hero black leather motorcycle costume worn as "Mikaela Banes" from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($3,000-$5,000) (Paramount, 2009) Complete costume including black leather jacket and matching pants, black leather boots, and the white cotton strapless dress that was worn underneath. Worn by Megan Fox as "Mikaela Banes" as she arrives at the Witwicky house and then quickly changes out of it to surprise Sam. Includes original costumer's tags and a certificate of authenticity from Bay Films/Paramount Pictures.
Megan Fox's hero motorcycle airbrushing costume worn as "Mikaela Banes" from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($3,000-$5,000) (Paramount, 2009) Pair of True Religion denim shorts, blue football tank top with the number "15" in faded yellow, and pair of weathered leather boots, worn by Megan Fox as "Mikaela Banes" in the chopper shop scene where Mikaela straddles a motorcycle, as she airbrushes a female devil design onto the gas tank, all the while talking to Sam Witwicky on a Bluetooth headset. Includes the original costumer's tags and comes with a certificate of authenticity from Bay Films/Paramount Pictures.
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About Profiles in 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).