In 1995 Profiles in History held its first auction of original Hollywood costumes, props, set pieces and memorabilia. Maddalena recognized that this field of collecting was going to grow over the next decade and positioned Profiles in History as the largest auction house in the world devoted exclusively to this field.  To date, Profiles in History has had record breaking sales. From the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe “Subway” Dress from The Seven Year Itch for a record breaking $5.52M, the Marilyn Monroe signature red-sequined showgirl gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes for $1.44M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M.  In February 2012, Profiles in History arranged the sale of a pair of Judy Garland screen-used Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.  At their July 2012 Hollywood Auction, high selling items included Steve McQueen’s Heuer wrist watch from Le Mans ($799,500); a Chewbacca headpiece from Star Wars ($172,000); a screen used Proton Pack from Ghostbusters ($159,900); Patrick Stewart’s “Professor X” wheel chair from all three X-Men films ($135,300); Jeff Bridges “The Dude” ensemble from The Big Lebowski ($116,850.)

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  • The “Cowardly Lion” costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000)
  • Steve McQueen’s “Michael Delaney” racing suit from Le Mans ($960,000)
  • A Panavision motion picture camera used by George Lucas to film Star Wars ($624,000)
  • A full-scale model T-800 Endoskeleton from Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($488,750)
  • Marilyn Monroe’s platinum & diamond wedding band from her marriage to Joe DiMaggio ($504,000)
  • Marilyn Monroe’s “Diamonds” dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ($356,500)
  • A King Kong 1933 six-sheet movie poster ($345,000)
  • Luke Skywalker’s light saber from Star Wars ($240,000)
  • Margaret Hamilton’s “Wicked Witch” hat from The Wizard Of Oz ($230,000)
  • The Invisible Man 1933 one-sheet movie poster ($230,000)

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EST. 1985