Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia dress from the original Star Wars movies, the hammer Tim Robbins used to break out of prison Shawshank Redemption and the Batpod motorcycle that Christian Bale used in The dark knight will hit the auction block in June in what is billed as one of the largest memorabilia auctions in the world.
The Star Wars dress, a holy grail for collectors, and the Batpod alone is valued at over $2 million each in the live auction hosted by Propstore, the 25-year-old company specializing in movie treasures and collectibles.
More than 1,400 items will be sold over three days, from June 28 to June 30 in Los Angeles. On day one, the Petersen Automotive Museum will hold in-room bidding, open to the public. Online and telephone bids can be placed throughout the event.
Nothing up for auction is probably as iconic and coveted as Princess Leia’s ceremonial dress, which was matched on screen to determine its authenticity. Designed by costume designer John Mollo, who earned an Oscar for his work on Star Warss, this was the dress Fisher used for the film’s final scene, in which Leia solo presents Luke Skywalker and Han with their medals. Adding to the look of the auction item, this is believed to be the only Leia costume known to survive from the original film.
The ceremonial gown, with its lower-cut neckline and unique integral sleeve drapery, was also used as the basis for Leia’s look in several Star Wars posters, and Fisher was photographed by photographer David Steen for numerous publicity shots in the dress. The suit is made from a cream lightweight silk fabric and features a concealed zip down the side and hook and eye fastenings on the white shoulder.
The Batpod on offer is one of six made for production Dark Knight And The dark knight rises, with the vehicles driven largely by stunt driver Jean-Pierre Goy during filming. They were also used for numerous events promoting the films. It has been stored in the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles for the past several years and has been featured prominently in the Hollywood Dream Machines exhibit and in the museum’s Private Vault for VIP tours since 2019. Highlights include a custom chassis with 31” Hoosier racing tires and a Honda 750 engine, as well as two plastic, resin and fiberglass gun barrels attached to the front of the vehicle.
Don’t think you can just drive it off the auction floor with this, though. It is sold in a non-functional “ride-alone” condition, with the battery, fuel tank and throttles removed. But it does come with a metal stand for display purposes.
Of Guardians of the Universe Hailed as one of the best Marvel movies in years and capping off the legendary trilogy, interest will be high for the Light-Up Star-Lord Helmet from the first installment of the franchise, released in 2014.
The main gear is described as a foam and suede lined, two-piece molded urethane resin helmet that is hand painted with a variety of different finishes to resemble metal, inset with two-tone red on the outside and blue on the inside. lenses, and applied with grid-patterned acrylic sheets on the front, as well as small pieces of metal pipe, screws and mesh throughout. The pieces are attached together with powerful magnets hidden inside.
According to the item description it is labeled with stickers marked “HERO 3” and “3”, the interior of the helmet also hides a 9V battery powered switch that illuminates LEDs in the lenses and a red LED light on the right side when pressed clicked. It is purposely slightly distressed to look well worn with scuffs and scratches all over, and a tongue piece designed to be hidden when the helmet pieces are joined has broken off on one side at the front.
The item is expected to fetch somewhere between $100,000 and $200,000.
Horror pieces are a memorabilia subset of the rabid collector and this ‘thing’ does not disappoint. From a mind blowing scene in John Carpenter’s The thing comes Spider Head-Thing, which is modeled after actor Charles Hallahan. This static version of the Spider Head-Thing, designed by special effects makeup artist Rob Bottin, was gifted by Bottin to Henry Alvarez, a sculptor who worked on the film, at the time filming wrapped, and comes from his family. The piece is expected to be one of the more expensive items in the auction block and could fetch more than $200,000.
Other items estimated to get top dollar are:
- a screen-tuned evil clown doll from 1982 Poltergeistwhich could cost $200,000 to $400,000;
- a sinking coat worn by Kate Winslett in Titanicestimated in the $100,000 to $200,000 range;
- one of Harrison Ford’s costumes blade runnerwhich could cost between $80,000 and $160,000;
- the rock hammer used by Tom Robbins character, Andy Dufresne, to escape prison Shawshank is one of only three made for the 1994 film and is estimated to sell for $50,000 to $100,000.
Also offered is a Kevin Costner autographed screen-tuned Ray Kinsella baseball glove and related materials from the baseball classic Field of dreams; a screen matched Jason Vorhees hockey mask from Friday the 13e Part VII: The New Blood; the cracked Mjolnir hammer used by both Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth in 2022 Thor: Love and Thunder; and a motorcycle from Steve McQueen’s production company.
Do you want more? Propstore has more. How about a worn Harry Potter costume with glasses from 2002 Harry Potter and the secret room? Or Al Pacino’s personal, hand-annotated crime classic shooting script Scarface? There’s even the shield used by Achilles, played by Brad Pitt, in the 2002 sword-and-sandal epic, Troy.
For those in the LA area, Propstore is holding a preview exhibition at its Valencia, California office from May 29 to June 20 by appointment. The exhibit will feature more than 80 lots, giving fans and hopeful bidders the chance to see props and costumes. take a closer look at the auction and ask questions to the specialists. (Go to propstore.com/liveauction to make the appointment.)
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