Haven’t you always wanted to own an original, life-sized Michael Keaton batman costume from Batman Returns? What about a full Cylon costume from Battlestar Galactica? Well, if you’re lucky, you can outbid a fellow geek and win in Profiles In History’s Treasures From The Hollywood Vaults special Heroes and Villains Clash themed auction running from July 28th-31st in Los Angeles. With a winning bid, you could own an iconic piece of film geekery forever. The kicker? The batman suit alone is expected to make anywhere from $30,000 to $50,000! Holy rubber bodysuit, Batman!
For any of you other bat-fans, there is also the eye-catching, bright green, question mark emblazoned
Riddler’ jumpsuit that was immortalised by Jim Carrey in Schumacher’s campy, ‘hip’ adventure Batman Forever, as well as his suit, the matching bowler hat and 38-inch golden cane complete with matching question mark handle are also available. The entire brightly coloured ensemble is expected to make a cool $20-$30,000!
I’m the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn’t very nice. But wouldn’t it be nice to own Wolvie’s battle suit from X-Men (2000)? What about his claws from X2? Or the black leather and yellow lined battlesuit (which went on to influence the costumes in Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s explosively fantastic run on New X-Men back in 2001)? Included in this lovely little lot is an authenticity certificate signed by 20th Century Fox for the claws, as they are the only set released by the studio for sale. The claws are expected to make a sharp $20-$30,000 and the suit is expected to fetch $30-$50,000.
More interested in owning an iconic piece of Star Wars history? You’ll be in the right place! Included in this auction is on the finest and best quality Chewbacca costume pieces in private hands available for auction. The piece includes a head encompassing cowl-hairpiece seen on-screen, a period-made facial appliance, as well as signed photographs from Stuart Freeborn and Peter Mayhew himself, all set to be sold for $60-$80,000. In addition to Chewbacca’s head, there is a Stormtrooper tour costume from Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, rumoured to gain $6-$8,000! WRAARGH!
For you many and dedicated Trekkies, there is Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard season one Starfleet uniform from Star Trek: The Next Generation, ($6-8,000) as well as this, Picard’s iconic command chair, seen in several of the Star Trek: TNG films, including First Contact, Insurrection and Nemesis. The chair is expected to go for $20-30,000. Make it so!
If none of this particular classic film geekery rubs you the right way, PIH also has an original jacket worn by Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life, and if you can dig up enough ancient gold, it can be yours for $2-$3,000! There’s also the iconic Maximus chest armour from the incredible Gladiator (2000) ($15-$20,000), and following on the gladiator theme, there’s a complete Spartan soldier costume with a shield from the comic-book adaptation 300 (2006) ($8-$12,000) amongst other incredible items!
Profiles In History, (ran by the expert Joseph Maddalena) is recognised as one of the USA’s leading authorities on entertainment and historical documents, so as well as holding several (if not all!) of the Guinness World Records for auctions, they are well known for playing a proud role in the preservation of film memorabilia.
So, for those of you who plan on taking part in this amazing geeky auction, I am extremely jealous. However, if I win the lottery in the next month, I’ll be getting those Wolverine claws and hanging them on the wall. Until then, I’ll have to stick to a poster.