Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Batman, Superman and other Hollywood Legends up for sale

Ever feel the need to own the original Batman Returns costume from the 1992 movie, featuring Michael Keaton? How about an authentic, screen worn Superman IV costume worn by Christopher Reeve? The latest offers from Julien's Auctions includes both these iconic items and a lot more.

This huge "Hollywood Legends" auction, being held March 31 and April 1, is so massive that the catalog is over 400 pages long, and the sale is broken into multiple sessions. Julien's, located in Beverly Hills, is the same auction house that recently handled the Michael Jackson personal effects sale, and are known for their famous lots of this nature, including the dresses of Princess Diana, photographs and personal effects of Marilyn Monroe, and the ephemera of the rich and famous.

I've personally purchased items from Julien's, and the staff is absolutely professional and pleasant. They will hold oversized items for pickup as well, should you decide to buy one of the life-sized mannequins or oversized props in this sale.

Another major section of this sale are props and costumes from the perennial favorite TV show Eureka. The catalog includes 83 lots, such as an electronic cast worn by Wil Wheaton (it lights up!), petrified character statues, and enough electronic devices to start your own freaky research lab.

Maybe you're more of a film history buff? No problem. Bid on Charlie Chaplin's bowler hat and bamboo cane, the screen-used Ten Commandments tablets, Clark Gable's Gone With the Wind riding jacket, Abbott and Costello's arctic parkas from their 1952 film Lost in Alaska, Jor-El's robe from Superman: The Movie, Princess Leia's wig, Morpheus' dojo jacket from the Matrix, and far too much more to list here.

Feeling more fashionable? Julien's is also offering dresses from Whitney Houston and Princess Diana, as well as a large number of dresses and other personal effects from Rue McClanahan. Or, pick up some furniture from the Puerto Vallarta home of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

If you just want to ogle, there's a free public exhibition of many items starting Monday, March 19 at their Wilshire Blvd. address. For complete information and an online clickable catalog, visit their website, http://www.juliensauctions.com/. What's your favorite item?

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