Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers Filming Miniatures From The Gary Cannavo Collection at Profiles in History’s Hollywood Auction 89
May 30, 2017
23 Spaceships!
The Definitive Collection of Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers  Spaceship Filming Miniatures Assembled Over 25 Years By One Collector
Are Going Up for Auction At Profiles in History’s Hollywood Auction 89 On June 26th, 27th and 28th in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES- May 30th, 2017– Profiles in History is proud to announce, the definitive collection of Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers spaceship filming miniatures, 23 space ships in total, are going up for auction during their three day Hollywood Auction 89 in Los Angeles.

This collection of 23 spaceships was assembled over a 25-year period by one Boston-based collector, Gary Cannavo. These are the spaceships that played an integral role in propelling audiences to far away lands and exciting adventures. These spaceships were designed and built by the creators who did the miniatures for Star Wars. This collections represent the last of the state of the art technology for miniatures before Hollywood switched to CGI.

It is the owners desire that the collection stay in tact, with the hope that they will be exhibited and enjoyed in a museum environment, so all 23 spaceships are being sold as a single lot. They are estimated to sell for $1,500,000 – $2,000,000.

Highlights from the collection include the screen used heart and soul of the Battlestar Galactica rag-tag fleet, the Galactica, picture at top, and the screen used, Battlestar Galactica Colonial Viper, pictured above on the right. From Buck Rogers, Buck’s screen used Star Fighter, pictured below on the left  and Buck’s screen used Ranger 3, pictured below on the right. 


Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world’s largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph “Joe” Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and own virtually every Guinness Book record for prices of original screen-used memorabilia.  Highlights from their previous auctions include the “Cowardly Lion” costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); Steve McQueen’s “Michael Delaney” racing suit from Le Mans  ($960,000); From the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe “Subway” Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M. In February 2012, Profiles in History arranged the sale of a pair of Judy Garland screen-used Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz  to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In addition, Joe Maddalena was the star of Hollywood Treasure, which aired on Syfy.  Hollywood Treasure took viewers into the fascinating world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia.
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Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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