Christmas Gift Ideas Courtesy Of ‘Profiles In History’ – The Hollywood Auction!

by Garv on December 12, 2012

That’s right, folks – with just a few days to go until Christmas, ‘Profiles In History’ is putting on one of the biggest Hollywood memorabilia auctions in history. With items ranging from pictures taken from films of 1925 (Metropolis, Phantom of the Opera) to relatively current releases, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a peek at what we consider ‘the good stuff’.

There are tons of photos and film negatives, both as production stills and portraits, ranging from Lon Chaney to Elizabeth Taylor to Elvis Presley to Jean Harlow (and more). Collections of photos of Jane Fonda, Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant – if they’re a Hollywood legend, odds are they’re in there somewhere.

Horror CollectionThere’s a collection of 140+ film negatives from horror films from 1920 – 1960. (Jake, we’d love to get this for you, but it’s expected to bring between $6000 and $8000.)

There is a copy of the book ‘Robin Hood’ (from 1936), signed by the following: Olivia de Havilland (Maid Marian), Errol Flynn (Robin Hood), Basil Rathbone (Sir Guy), Patric Knowles (Will Scarlet), Alan Hale (Littlejohn), Claude Rains (Prince John), Eugene Pallette (Friar Tuck), Melville Cooper (High Sheriff), Herbert Mundin (“Much” the Miller’s Son), Montague Love (Black Bishop), Una O’Connor (Bess), Robert Warwick (Sir Geoffrey) and Kenneth Hunter (Sir Ralf).

Lots of movie posters and lobby standees, such as a 1931 ‘Phantom of the West’ (with Tom Tyler), a French ‘King Kong’ poster (from 1933), and 1954′s ‘The Batman’. There are also posters and cards for ‘Dick Tracy’ (1945), ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’ (1951), Dracula (it’s a reissue, but it’s a reissue from 1938!), and ‘Godzilla’ (1945).

There are storyboards and concept art for a lot of films, including Schwarzenegger’s ‘Conan The Barbarian’, ‘The Goonies’ and ‘Dune’.

Numerous scripts, many of them signed, including ‘The Mask of Fu Manchu’ (1932), ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ (1935), Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’ (1981), and ‘Hellraiser’ (1987).

We won’t even go into the page-after-page of Bond items – posters, props, scripts, etc.

GnortAnd then we get to screen-worn clothes and used props. This is where we need help getting our jaws off the floor.

Patrick Stewart’s ‘Scrooge’ dressing gown from the ’99 version of ‘A Christmas Carol’. Erin Gray’s ‘Wilma Deering’ uniform from ‘Buck Rogers in the 25th Century’. Theda Bara’s various costumes from ‘Cleopatra’ (1917). The actual tablets used by Charlton Heston in ‘The Ten Commandments’. Gnort’s head from ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’.

Spock's TunicThere’s plenty of television, too, such as Star Trek items: They have one of Nimoy’s Spock tunics from Star Trek: The Original Series, and bridge chairs from the original Enterprise (signed and not signed, to suit your budget). Prefer the movies? Fine – how about a pair of Spock’s ears from ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’? No? Maybe you’d like his uniform from the same film?

Oh, you like the bad guys. That’s fine, they can handle that, too. How about one of Khan’s gloves?

Maybe you like your Trek a little more recent. There’s Geordi’s visor and tunic, Picard’s tunic and jacket, and Data’s tunic for good measure.

Oh, so you prefer Star Wars. Let’s do this.

The small creature that gets eaten outside of Jabba’s Palace? Yeah, they’ve got it. An unused 1-sheet poster from 1977? Yup. The box that Han is loading as his reward before the Battle of Yavin? Get your own right here.

How about your own miniature X-Wing that was used onscreen? Or Jabba’s tail from ‘Jedi’?

Stoker's DeskThe list goes on, to the Alien and Predator franchises, the Indiana Jones movies, items from ‘The Dark Crystal’, ‘Tron’, ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘Back to the Future’, ‘Terminator’, ‘Jurassic Park’…*deep breath*…’Lord of the Rings’, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘X-Men’, ‘Underworld’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’…

We won’t go too much into depth about Bram Stoker’s desk – the actual one on which he wrote ‘Dracula’ – or Legolas’ bow from ‘The Lord of the Rings’, but they’ve got those, too.

If you’ve got a bit of extra cash this holiday season (ha!) you can even bid over the internet (with pre-approval, of course). Full details can be found at their website here, and you can browse the catalog here in PDF form.

Good luck!







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