Sale Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 11:00 AM PST
Day 2: Friday, November 13, 2020 - 11:15 AM PST
The words “icon” and “legend” are oftentimes overused in today’s society, but one would be hard pressed to find better descriptors for the assemblage of extraordinary costumes, props and relics present in this monumental sale.
From the silent era up through Hollywood’s Golden Age, we have artifacts from all the major stars, including Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, Greta Garbo, Groucho Marx, Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Sophia Loren, Charlton Heston, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, John Wayne, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe.
Following is just a glimpse of the items awaiting you in these pages that left indelible marks in Hollywood history:
- John Travolta “Tony Manero” screen worn signature leather jacket from Saturday Night Fever.
- Leonardo DiCaprio “Jack Dawson” poker game/boarding costume from Titanic.
- Roger Moore “James Bond” Royal Navy uniform jacket from The Spy Who Loved Me.
- Jane Seymour “Solitaire” psychic medium cape and headdress from Live and Let Die.
- Orson Welles “Charles Foster Kane” coat from Citizen Kane.
- Marilyn Monroe “The Girl” fantasy tiger gown from The Seven Year Itch.
- Gene Kelly “Don Lockwood” legendary rain suit from the Singin’ in the Rain.
- Gary Cooper “Lou Gehrig” Yankee uniform from The Pride of the Yankees.
- James Dean “Jett Rink” tuxedo from Giant.
- Elizabeth Taylor “Leslie Benedict” arrival to Reata ensemble from Giant.
- Vivien Leigh “Scarlett O’Hara” traveling dress from Gone With the Wind.
- Fred Gwynne “Herman Munster” signature costume from The Munsters.
- Tina Louise “Ginger” signature glamor dress from Gilligan’s Island.
- Sir Richard Attenborough “John Hammond” signature cane from Jurassic Park.
- Sigourney Weaver “Ripley” signature Nostromo jumpsuit from Alien.
- Hero “ramming” Chestburster with articulating jaw and “whiplash” tail from Alien.
- Hero “Ra” Cheops class Pyramid Warship filming miniature from Stargate.
- Hero X-71 Shuttle “Independence” filming miniature from Armageddon.
- Zed’s “Grace” Harley chopper ridden by Bruce Willis “Butch Coolidge” in Pulp Fiction.
These few examples represent the tip of the iceberg of this sale, which is so incredibly broad in scope and importance that mere words can only hint at its magnitude.
We dedicate this catalog to producer, writer, director Kevin Burns (1955-2020). Born in Schenectady, New York, Kevin made his way through college to teach film production at University before making his move to Hollywood in 1988. There he would quickly become a respected television and film producer, director and screenwriter. In his 65 years on this planet he produced hundreds of hours of programming for A&E, National Geographic Channel, E!, Animal Planet, AMC, Bravo, WE tv, Travel Channel, Lifetime, and The History Channel. He formed Synthesis Entertainment with partner Jon Jashni and developed and produced remakes of titles of his childhood idol, Irwin Allen. Next, he created Prometheus Entertainment where he produced dozens of popular TV series like The Girls Next Door with Hugh Hefner and, the surprise hit, Ancient Aliens, which Kevin thought would be a one-off but was so popular it insisted on becoming a series. This was the over-achieving, wildly successful Hollywood mogul, Kevin Burns. But Kevin Burns, the person, the man, was more exceptional in simpler ways. Like many kids of the 50s and 60s, dreaming Hollywood dreams while growing up in far-away cities and towns, Kevin Burns discovered a love of “the genre” (Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror) at an early age. Through the pages of the groundbreaking monster magazine, Famous Monsters of Filmland, and its eccentric, nurturing editor Forrest J Ackerman, the images and stories in those pages gave foundation to Kevin’s love of the fantastic. And while Kevin would grow up to see his hobby turn into a remarkable career, he never lost his childlike sense of wonder. In the past decade, Kevin’s life would come full circle as he was chosen to be estate executor for his childhood mentor, Forrest J Ackerman. He brought Ackeman’s legendary collection to auction with us at Profiles in History, where Kevin, “Uncle Forry’s” friends and the PiH team shed a few tears of happiness for what the grand success of the sale of those treasures meant to Forry’s life of collecting and a few more tears of farewell to Forry himself. Today, the tears are for the passing of our dear Kevin Burns. He lived a life many of us could only dream of, but still, left us too soon. His proud legacy will endure and our gratitude for knowing him and working with him will forever be celebrated at Profiles in History.