ITEMS FROM BACK TO THE FUTURE WILL BE ON THE BLOCK ALONGSIDE THE SCREEN USED RUBY SLIPPERS FROM THE WIZARD OF OZ AND MARILYN MONROE’S WEDDING RING
LOS ANGELES-OCTOBER 11, 2011- Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, is set to auction off a spectacular collection of Back to the Future items from all three films at their “Icons of Hollywood” auction, to be held this December 15, 16 and 17th at a location to be released. The biggest item up for auction is the DeLorean Time Machine driven by Michael J. Fox as “Marty McFly” in Back to the Future III. One of seven DeLoreans used on-screen in the Back to the Future trilogy, this particular car was used in the 1955 drive-in movie scene when Michael J. Fox drives it into the past and lands in 1885 to find Doc. It was built completely for off road use. Of the seven DeLoreans, only three have survived since filming, and this is one of those three – the only one in private hands. After filming completed, the car sat on the backlot at Universal Studios for about 14 years, with a short time on display at the Petersen Auto Museum in Los Angeles. The other DeLoreans are still owned by Universal Studios, and are usually on display at the theme parks. The car comes with a Universal Studios certificate of authenticity and an original signed Bill of Sale with the Vehicle Identification Number, estimated to fetch $400,000 – $600,000.
Another fan favorite up for auction is Thomas F. Wilson’s screen used “Griff Tannen” remote control Pitbull hoverboard from Back to the Future II. The board is built of solid wood measuring 36 in. long; is painted black with red accents and features radio control outrigger rocket nacelles made of resin with metal heat shields and three towing straps to pull his gang of delinquents right into the clock tower. This is the only remote control Pitbull hoverboard built for the production and is clearly visible in the insert shot with the engines shown in operation. On top at the rear is a round, fully functional ball bearing-mounted footpad that rotates 360 degrees behind the “Pitbull” logo. Mounted on a custom display stand and includes a wireless remote controller, though it doesn’t actually hover, a bummer, we know. The board is expected to fetch $15,000 – $20,000.
Other items from the trilogy up for auction include Michael J. Fox’s “Marty McFly” jacket fromBack to the Future, a complete Marty hero Mattel-brand hoverboard from Back to the Future II, Christopher Lloyd’s “Doc” shirt from Back to the Future, Thomas F. Wilson’s “Biff” jacket from Back to the Future II and the “Marty McFly” 1950s cowboy costume from Back to the Future III. They will also showcase a collection of highly desirable original Back to the Futureposter artwork from Drew Struzan. Overall, there will be over 100 items from Back to the Future — easily the largest collection of props and memorabilia ever assembled from the trilogy, including rarely seen props like the Future-Nike shoe case, futuristic Pepsi and Slice soda bottles, crew jackets and t-shirts, and much, much more. Part of the proceeds from this section of the auction will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research.
These Back to the Future items will join the only pair of screen used Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz left on the market. These iconic shoes are from the climax of the film and are estimated at $2,000,000-3,000,000. Also up for auction will be Marilyn Monroe’s wedding ring from her marriage to Joe DiMaggio ($300,000 to $500,000) and a Marilyn Monroe nude painting by Earl Moran ($70,000 to $90,000.)
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. 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. Needing to support himself, Joe turned to his hobby of buying and selling historical documents as a potential way to earn revenue. On weekends he scoured old Hollywood bookstores for letters and rare books. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. A lifetime member of the Manuscript Society, Joe is widely recognized as the nation’s leading authority on entertainment memorabilia and historical documents. Profiles in History has established itself as the world’s largest auctioneer of original Hollywood memorabilia, having held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and owning virtually every Guinness Book record prices for original screen-used memorabilia. With an extensive network of dealers, collectors, and institutions, Profiles in History is 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 fromThe Wizard of Oz ($805,000); a full-scale model T-800 Endoskeleton from Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($488,750); Marilyn Monroe’s “Diamonds” dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ($356,500); Luke Skywalker’s light saber from Star Wars ($240,000); Margaret Hamilton’s “Wicked Witch” hat from The Wizard Of Oz ($230,000); and The Invisible Man1933 one-sheet movie poster ($230,000). Most recently from the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monore “Subway” Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M, the Marilyn Monore signature red-sequined showgirl gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes for $1.44M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress fromMy Fair Lady for $4.44M. In addition, Joe Maddalena is the star of SyFy’s hit show, Hollywood Treasure. With already 24 episodes aired, Hollywood Treasure is gearing up for an exciting return in 2012.