On December 16th in California, Julien’s Auction hosted a blockbuster auction event called Icons and Idols: Hollywood. The massive extravaganza housed over 400 amazing items from the vault and production archives of Hollywood’s greatest films from the Golden Age all the way to today’s modern blockbusters.
Exhilarated collectors, super fans and bidders were able to get involved live on the auction floor, online and over the phone.
However, one item soon became the star of the entire show.
One of the most recognizable superhero costume pieces of all time was up for grabs this year. Superman’s iconic cape from 1978, one of the 6 capes made for Christopher Reeve, was up for grabs. The classic cape worn by Superman soared at the auction, selling for $193,750 and setting a brand new record for the most expensive superhero cape sold at auction.
In 1979, the cape was part of a contest to promote the film. The prize was the actual cape and it went to the winner selected by Superman himself. The item included a letter from DC Comics’ President, Editor and Publisher and a picture of Christopher Reeve selecting the winner all those years ago.
Imagine owning that cape. Wow. Other items in the auction also include:
- Patrick Stewart’s Starfleet uniform from The Next Generation (Sold for $28,800)
- Leonard Nimoy’s Romulan costume from Deep Space Nine (Sold for $20,000)
- Dan Aykroyd’s jumpsuit Ghostbusters II (Sold for $32,000)
- An Alcatraz model used in Escape From Alacatraz (Sold for $25,600)
- Two Frank Sinatra oil paintings (Sold for $75,000 and $21,250)
Julien’s Auction has received 2 placements in the Guinness Book of World Records, one in 2009 and the other in 2016. Michael Jackson’s white glove was sold in 2009 for $480,000 making it the most expensive glove ever sold at auction. In 2016, Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress sold for $4.8 million.
Which movie prop or costume would you love to own? Let us know in the comments below. Mine would be either a Stormtrooper outfit or Thor’s hammer.
James Lister is a University student in the UK, currently undertaking his Masters degree in Media & Communication. He has a strong passion for everything Marvel, DC, Star Wars, and Anime related.