LOS ANGELES, October 17, 2011— Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, is set to auction off a group of cameras that captured the culture of their times. The cameras will be a part of the Debbie Reynolds Collection Part II auction, which will be held December 3, at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. First up, is Charlie Chaplin’s Bell & Howell Model 2709 hand cranked 35mm camera from 1918 (pictured left). The camera includes a copy of the original sale document indicating that the device was sold to Chaplin for approximately $2,000, one month after founding Chaplin Studios Inc. with his brother Sydney in 1918. This camera is special because it was the only camera purchased by Chaplin himself, which is one of the few Bell & Howell’s owned by an individual. It is very likely that this camera was used to shoot some of his most important work, including A Dog’s Life (1918), Shoulder Arms (1918), The Kid (1921) and The Gold Rush (1924), City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936) since his studio possessed only one other Model 2709 during this period. The camera is expected to fetch $200,000 – $300,000.


Next up for auction is the Panavision PSR 35mm motion picture camera used by George Lucas for principle photography on Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (pictured right). The lot represents a complete camera package with two 1000 ft. magazines, a Panaspeed motor, matte box, follow focus, a Moy geared head, Italian-made Elemack camera dolly and lens. The camera has been fully restored and is fully functional. Upon request is a blow-up photograph showing George Lucas seated at this camera on the set of Star Wars. Also includes detailed provenance and documentation, paperwork from Panavision authorizing its private ownership, and extensive documentary footage of George Lucas using this camera on the set of Star Wars. The camera is expected fetch $100,000 – $200,000.

Other cameras and camera items up for auction include, RKO camera crane #2 used by Orson Welles on Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons, with Mitchell BNC camera, a Panavision Mitchell 65mm AC rack-over camera used for special-effects photography in 2001: A Space Odyssey, a Mitchell AP-65 Todd-AO widescreen motion picture camera used on Hello, Dolly! and Patton, a Pathé 35mm motion-picture camera, a Bell & Howell Model 2709 35mm camera, a Mitchell Model GC 35mm camera, a Mitchell BNCR 35mm motion picture camera and a Mitchell Model DC-70 70mm motion picture circa 1960.

Part II of the Debbie Reynolds Collection will also feature four Marilyn Monroe costumes fromGentlemen Prefer Blondes, Bus Stop, Niagara and Let’s Make Love. Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for more exciting highlights from collection.


About Debbie Reynolds
Debbie’s show business career began at age sixteen when she won the local “Miss Burbank” beauty pageant. Her win led to a contract at MGM Studios. Her extensive filmography includes over 50 films such as Singin’ in the Rain, Tammy and the Bachelor and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, for which she was nominated for an Oscar. Her more recent film credits include Mother with Albert Brooks, In and Out with Kevin Kline, One for the Moneywith Katherine Heigl and four Halloweentown movies for the Disney channel. She has appeared on countless television programs including Will & Grace as Graces’ mother, Bobbi Adler, and starred in numerous stage musicals including Irene, Woman of the Year, Annie Get Your Gun, and The Unsinkable Molly Brown. She has performed her nightclub act in every major city in America, Australia, and England. In her 62nd year of show business, Debbie is still “on the road” an average of 42 weeks a year. Since the late 1960’s, she has also been actively involved in the collection and preservation of Hollywood memorabilia, gathering thousands of costumes, props and mementos of Hollywood’s studios and their greatest stars.


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.