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Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia dress from the original Star Wars movie, the hammer used by Tim Robbins to escape from prison Shawshank redemption and the Batpod motorcycle used by Christian Bale in The dark Knight will hit the auction block in June in what is being billed as one of the largest memorabilia auctions in the world.
THE Star Wars the suit, a holy grail for collectors, and the Batpod alone are estimated to fetch more than $2 million each in the live auction run by Propstore, the 25-year-old company specializing in movie treasures and memorabilia.
More than 1,400 items will be sold in three days, June 28 to June 30 in Los Angeles. The first day will feature room offerings, open to the public, at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Online and telephone bidding can be made throughout the event.
Nothing the auction is offering is likely as iconic and coveted as Princess Leia’s formal gown, which was screen-matched to determine its authenticity. Designed by costume designer John Mollo, who won an Academy Award for his work Star WarsYes, this was the outfit Fisher used for the film’s final scene where Leia bestows Luke Skywalker and Han only their medals. In addition to the aura of the auctioned item, this is believed to be the only Leia costume known to still exist from the original film..
The gown, with its lower neckline and unique full draped sleeves, has also been used as the basis for Leia’s look in several Star Wars poster and Fisher was photographed by photographer David Steen for numerous publicity photos in suit. Crafted from a lightweight cream silk fabric, the costume features a concealed zip down the side and hook and eye fastenings over the white shoulder.
The Batpod offered is one of six made for the production of dark Knight AND The Dark Knight is resurrected, with the vehicles largely driven by stuntman Jean-Pierre Goy during filming. They have also been used for numerous events in the promotion of films. This has spent the last few years stored at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles and has been featured prominently in the Hollywood Dream Machines exhibit since 2019 and in the museum’s Private Vault for VIP tours. Among the highlights are a custom-built chassis with 31-inch Hoosier racing tires and a Honda 750 engine, as well as two plastic, resin and fiberglass cannon barrels bolted to the front of the vehicle.
However, don’t think you can walk out of the auction with this one. It is being sold in a non-running “roll only” condition, with the battery, fuel tank, and throttle controls removed. But it comes with a metal stand for display purposes.
With Guardians of the Galaxy having been lauded as one of the best Marvel films in recent years and closing the legendary trilogy, interest will be high in the Star-Lord Light-Up Helmet from the franchise’s first installment, released in 2014.
The headgear is described as a two-piece cast urethane resin helmet filled with foam and suede, hand painted with a variety of different finishes to resemble metal, with two-tone red outside and blue inside insert, lenses, and applied with gridded acrylic plates on the front as well as small segments of metal tubing, screws and mesh throughout. The pieces are held together with strong magnets hidden inside.
According to the description of the item, it is labeled with stickers marked “HERO 3” and “3”, the inside of the helmet also hides a 9V battery powered switch that illuminates the LEDs inside the lenses and an LED light red on the right side when activated. It is intentionally lightly distressed to appear well worn with scuffs and scratches throughout, and a tongue piece designed to be hidden when the helmet pieces are connected has broken off at the front on one side.
The item is expected to fetch anywhere in the $100,000 to $200,000 range.
Horror pieces are a subset of rabid collector memorabilia and this “thing” does not disappoint. From a heartbreaking scene by John Carpenter The thing comes Spider Head-Thing, which is modeled after actor Charles Hallahan. Designed by special effects makeup artist Rob Bottin, this static version of the Spider Head-Thing was a gift from Bottin to Henry Alvarez, a sculptor who worked on the film at the time of filming and comes from his family. The piece is expected to be one of the most expensive items on the auction block and could fetch $200,000.
Other items estimated to get top dollar are:
- a screen-matching evil clown doll from the 1982s Poltergeistwhich could range from $200,000 to $400,000;
- a sinking coat worn by Kate Winslett Titanicestimated at $100,000 to $200,000;
- one of Harrison Ford’s costumes from Blade Runnerwhich could range from $80,000 to $160,000;
- the rock hammer used by Tom Robbins’ character Andy Dufresne to break out of prison Shawshank it is one of only three made for the 1994 film and is estimated to sell for between $50,000 and $100,000.
Also offered is a Ray Kinsella baseball glove signed by Kevin Costner and matching the screen and related materials from the baseball classic Field of dreams; a screen-matching Jason Vorhees hockey mask from Friday the 13thth Part VII: The New Blood; the broken Mjolnir hammer used by both Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth in 2022 Thor: Love and thunder; and a motorcycle from Steve McQueen’s manufacturing company.
Do you want more? Propstore has more. How about an aged Harry Potter costume with glasses from 2002? Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets? Or Al Pacino’s own hand-annotated script from the crime classic Scarface? There’s even the shield used by Achilles, played by Brad Pitt, in the 2002 swords and sandals epic, Troy.
For those in the Los Angeles area, Propstore will hold a preview exhibition at its Valencia, California location by appointment May 29 through June 20. The exhibition will feature over 80 lots, giving fans and would-be bidders alike the chance to see props and costumes from the auction up close and ask questions of the specialists. (Visit propstore.com/liveauction to schedule your appointment.)
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