Blockbuster Highlights from Profiles in History’s Hollywood Auction 89
June 29, 2017

Profiles in History’s Hollywood Auction 89 Grossed Over 14 Million Dollars

June 26th, 27th, 28th in Los Angeles

Blockbuster Highlights From This Epic Auction Are Below


LOS ANGELES- June 29th, 2017 Profiles in History is proud to announce their three day Hollywood Auction 89 grossed over 14 million dollars. Blockbuster highlights from this epic auction are below.

The screen used R2D2 sold for 2.76 million dollars. It’s pictured left.

The Gary Cannavo Collection of 23 Spaceships from Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rodgers sold for 1.8 million dollars. The Galactica is pictured below.

The legendary illuminating dance floor from Saturday Night Fever sold for 1.2 million. It’s pictured below.

Luke Skywalker’s screen used lightsaber from A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back sold for $450,000.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s screen used Jack Dawson costume from Titanic sold for $192,000. It’s pictured below.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s screen used Conan the Barbarian Atlantean Sword sold for $192,000. It’s pictured at bottom.

Casablanca producer Hal Wallis’ working copy of the shooting script with additional Warner Bros. production file sold for $168,000.

The front entry doors to Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca sold for $150,000.

Edgar Wallace’s personal film typescript for King Kong with Wallace’s handwritten revisions sold for $120,000.

Lucille Ball’s signature “Lucy Ricardo” polka dot dress from I Love Lucy sold for $114,000.

Evel Knievel screen used custom 1976 Harley-Davidson XLCH 1000 jump bike from Viva Knievel! sold for $96,000.

The Golden Ticket from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory sold for $90,000. It’s pictured below.

An Alien Queen large replica display figure from Aliens sold for $78,000.

Jerry Seinfeld’s iconic “Puffy Shirt” from Seinfeld sold for $54,000.

Bill Paxton’s “Pvt. Hudson” Colonial Marine armor from Aliens sold for $51,000.

Rick Moranis’ “Dark Helmet” from Spaceballs sold for $39,000.


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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