FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Mark Hamill…. A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back
Leonardo DiCaprio…. Titanic
Darth Vader…. A New Hope
Arnold Schwarzenegger…. Conan the Barbarian
Bill Paxton…. Aliens
Golden Ticket….Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
Marlon Brando…. The Godfather
Marilyn Monroe…. First Studio Contract With Fox
At Profiles in History’s Hollywood Auction 89
On June 26th, 27th and 28th in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES- June 6th, 2017- Profiles in History is proud to announce, Mark Hamill’s screen used Luke Skywalker Lightsaber from A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back will be going up for auction during their three day Hollywood Auction 89 in Los Angeles. It comes directly from the archive of Gary Kurtz, producer of a A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. It is accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by Kurtz. It is pictured left and estimated to sell for $150,000 – $250,000.
Then Leonardo DiCaprio’s screen used Jack Dawson costume from Titanic. This is the Jack Dawson attire that he wears throughout most of the blockbuster film. It is widely considered to be the most sought after Jack Dawson costume. It is the only Jack ensemble known to be in private hands. It is pictured right and estimated to sell for $100,000 – $150,000. There are over 70 other exceptional Titanic items that will be a part of this auction.
And Darth Vader’s helmet and shoulder armor from A New Hope. These are production made pieces that originated from Lucasfilm. They are made of fiberglass and expertly painted. They are pictured below and estimated to sell for $40,000 – $60,000.
Next up is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s screen used Conan the Barbarian Atlantean Sword. This is the sword discovered by Conan when he uncovers the burial tomb of an ancient Atlantean warrior and he uses the signature weapon for the remainder of the film. The blade is hand ground from carbon steel that has not been sharpened for safety reasons. The sword, along with the screen used “Conan’s Father’s Sword,” being offered in the same sale, has remained in John Milius’ collection ever since the film wrapped. It is estimated to sell for $40,000 – $60,000.
Then, Bill Paxton’s screen used Pvt. Hudson Colonial Marine Armor from Aliens. The armor consists of pressed aluminum panels, cast resin components, web belting and plastic buckles. The entire body armor assemblage has been painted in green military camouflage. James Cameron instructed each actor to personalize their armor, so Paxton wrote “Louise” on his armor as a nod to his wife. It is pictured at right and estimated to sell for $10,000 – $15,000.
And a “Charlie Bucket” screen used Golden Ticket from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. The Golden Ticket consists of printed black text and border on rippled-edge shiny gold foil paper. The ticket belonged to director Mel Stuart. It is pictured below and estimated to sell for $40,000 – $60,000. There are also many other exceptional Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory items that will be a part of this auction.
Next is Marlon Brando’s screen used Don Vito Corleone Wool Coat from The Godfather. This is the original brown tweed wool coat Vito is wearing during the assassination attempt on the street. It is one of the most significant wardrobe pieces from modern film to ever reach the market. It is pictured at right and estimated to sell for $30,000 – $50,000.
Finally, Marilyn Monroe’s first signed studio contact with Twentieth Century-Fox. The contract is 17 pages, entitled, “Agreement Between Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation And Norma Jeane Dougherty- Artist August 24th, 1946.” On page 16, the future Marilyn Monroe signed in black ink, “Normal Jeane Dougherty.” The final page was signed by Norma Jeane’s foster mother, Grace McKee, granting approval of the agreement for the 20-year-old minor. It is a six month contract for $125.00 per week. An historic document marking the genesis of the silver screen’s greatest star. It is pictured left and estimated to sell for $8,000 – $12,000.
ABOUT PROFILES IN HISTORY
Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world’s largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph “Joe” Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and own virtually every Guinness Book record for prices of original screen-used memorabilia. Highlights from their previous auctions include the “Cowardly Lion” costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); Steve McQueen’s “Michael Delaney” racing suit from Le Mans ($960,000); 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 $5.52M 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. In addition, Joe Maddalena was the star of Hollywood Treasure, which aired on Syfy. Hollywood Treasure took viewers into the fascinating world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia.
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