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PROFILES IN HISTORY’S THREE-DAY HOLLYWOOD AUCTION RINGS UP $7.3 MILLION AND BREAKS ITS OWN RECORD FOR THE SALE OF ANY “STAR WARS” PROP, AS THE ‘BLOCKADE RUNNER’—THE FIRST FLYING SHIP EVER SEEN IN A STAR WARS FILM—SELLS FOR $450,000 

Frenzied Bidding Was Propelled by Hollywood Icons, Stars of Sci-Fi & Super Heroes—Highlighted by George Reeves’ Flying Superman Suit, Indiana Jones, Two Oscars and Carrie Fisher’s ‘Slave Leia” Costume

  

Calabasas, CA—October 2, 2015—Profiles in History, the world’s largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, rang up $7.3 million in sales at its just concluded three-day Hollywood auction, and set a record for the sale of any Star Wars artifact as the “Blockade Runner” filming miniature—the first flying ship ever seen in a Star Wars film, sold for $450,000—almost double the estimated selling price. The prior record for the sale of any Star Wars piece was $402,500, also by Profiles in History, for a T.I.E. Fighter filming miniature from Star Wars sold in 2008.

Numerous other Hollywood treasures commanded six-figure winning bids, including George Reeves’ “Superman” costume ($216,000); Harrison Ford’s signature screen used “Indiana Jones” bullwhip ($204,000); Both Norma Shearer’s 1930 “Best Actress” Academy Award “Oscar” trophy and Clyde De Vinna’s 1928/1929 “Best Cinematography” Academy Award “Oscar” trophy ($180,000 each); The “General Lee” from The Dukes of Hazzard ($120,000) and an original screen-used hero Alien Creature head by H.R. Giger from Alien ($102,000).

The highly anticipated Carrie Fisher’s “Slave Leia” costume collection and display from Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi sold for $96,000.

“We just completed the most successful auction of Hollywood memorabilia in the world for 2015, besting any other auction house, with a total of over 7 million dollars. We broke major records, including the most expensive television costume ever sold (breaking a Guinness Book of World Records previously held by us since 2003) for George Reeves’ 1953-54 Superman costume, and the “Blockade Runner” which became the most expensive Star Wars piece ever sold at auction.” –Joe Maddalena, President/CEO, Profiles in History

 

Auction Highlights:

  • Original screen used Rebel “Blockade Runner” filming miniature from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope: $450,000
  • George Reeves “Superman” costume ensemble with fx “flying pan: $216,000
  • Harrison Ford signature screen used “Indiana Jones” bullwhip with accompanying Harrison Ford LOA: $204,000
  • Norma Shearer 1930 “Best Actress” Academy Award “Oscar” trophy for her role as “Jerry” in The Divorcee: $180,000
  • Clyde De Vinna’s 1928/1929 “Best Cinematography” Academy Award for White Shadows in the South Seas: $180,000
  • Panavision PSR-148 35mm camera used on The Exorcist, The French Connection and other classic films: $120,000
  • The “General Lee” 1969 Dodge Charger from The Dukes of Hazzard: $120,000
  • Original screen-used hero Alien Creature head by H.R. Giger from Alien: $102,000
  • Carrie Fisher “Slave Leia” costume collection and display from Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi: $96,000
  • Harrison Ford’s signature screen worn “Indiana Jones” fedora from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: $90,000
  • Collection of (12) How the Grinch Stole Christmas screen-used production cels: $90,000
  • Leonard Nimoy “Spock” tunic from Star Trek: The Original Series: $84,000
  • Michael J. Fox “Marty McFly” 2015 Nike “Mags” self-lacing shoes from Back to the Future II: $84,000
  • Robert Shaw “Quint” hero harpoon rifle from Jaws: $84,000
  • Mitchell VistaVision High Speed #1 (VVHS1) visual effects camera used on Star Wars: $72,000
  • Harrison Ford screen used “Indiana Jones” signature shirt from Raiders of the Lost Ark: $72,000
  • Harrison Ford’s signature leather jacket from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: $72,000
  • Forbidden Planet hero illuminating laser rifle: $66,000
  • DeForest Kelly “Dr. McCoy” 3rd season tunic and pants from Star Trek: The Original Series: $57,000
  • “Ringwraith” screen-used costume display from The Lord of the Rings trilogy: $57,000
  • Arthur Miller passionate love letter in which he bears his soul to his new love and future wife, Marilyn Monroe. Miller, Arthur [to Marilyn Monroe]. Incredible Five Page Typed Letter Signed: $57,000
  • William Boyd “Hopalong Cassidy” complete signature costume ensemble: $57,000
  • Jack Gleeson “Joffrey Baratheon” crown from Game of Thrones: $48,000
  • Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham’s custom Triumph “Sunset Tripper” chopper ridden in the epic documentary film The Song Remains the Same : $48,000
  • Sylvester Stallone “Rocky Balboa” gloves and boots from Rocky III: $48,000
  • Elizabeth Taylor “Angela Vickers” iconic screen-worn dress from A Place in the Sun: $48,000
  • Julie Andrews “Maria” screen used acoustic guitar from The Sound of Music: $45,000
  • Citizen Kane Orson Welles’ personal 3rd revised final shooting script with numerous hand-notations, signed by principal cast members: $44,800
  • Section of the “Death Star” from Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi: $39,000
  • Sir Richard Attenborough “John Hammond” signature walking cane from Jurassic Park: $39,000
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger signed screen used “Terminator” jacket from Terminator 2: Judgment Day: $36,000
  • Travilla historic vintage original costume sketch of Marilyn Monroe’s iconic pink satin dress for the “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” number in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: $36,000
  • Norma Shearer Marie Antoinette screen-worn dress: $36,000
  • Edward Scissorhands hero metal-bladed scissorhand: $33,000
  • “American” working title for Citizen Kane Orson Welles’ personal typed manuscript: $32,000
  • Humphrey Bogart “Philip Marlowe” suit from The Big Sleep: $30,000
  • War of the Worlds transcript of the historic Orson Welles radio broadcast: $28,800
  • Bob Crane “Col. Hogan” brown bomber jacket and shirt from Hogan’s Heroes: $27,000
  • Robert Shaw “Quint” hero machete used to stab at the shark in Jaws: $27,000
  • Forbidden Planet hero illuminating laser pistol: $27,500
  • Front door to Norman Bates’ Victorian home in Psycho: $27,000
  • Original Golden Ticket from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: $25,000
  • Steve McQueen “Virgil Hilts” signature “prison escape” shirt from The Great Escape: $24,000
  • Walter Pidgeon “Dr. Morbius” costume from Forbidden Planet: $24,000
  • Brandon Routh “Superman” costume created for Superman Returns: $21,600
  • Robin Williams “Mrs. Doubtfire” complete costume and fat suit from Mrs. Doubtfire: $20,400
  • Michael Jackson signed performance worn fedora: $19,200
  • Angelina Jolie custom wetsuit and gun rig from Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life: $18,000
  • Sally Field “Sister Bertrille” habit from The Flying Nun: $18,000
  • Groucho Marx drop down duck for the secret word on You Bet Your Life: $16,800
  • Michael Jordan uniform from Space Jam: $16,800

 

Rare Star Wars Posters:

  • Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope Israeli 1-sheet poster: $6,000
  • Howard Chaykin early advance Star Wars poster: $3,900

 

*Sales figures include the Buyer’s Premium

 

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.