July 6, 2012


LOS ANGELES- JULY 2, 2012-Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, is proud to announce the clashing of heroes and villains at the upcoming Treasures from the Hollywood Vaults auction in July. The items below are from the esteemed Dreier Collection and will be auctioned off on July 28th in Los Angeles. The Animation Auction will be July 29th and the Treasures from the Hollywood Vaults auction has been moved to July 30th and July 31st.The first iconic hero costume is Michael Keaton’s complete “Batman” costume from Batman Returns. This impressive costume includes the original “armored” rubber bodysuit, boots, gauntlet gloves with serrated “fins,” rubberized cape, and of course the iconic “Batman” cowl. The entire costume is mounted on a custom display with a life cast of Michael Keaton and stands over six feet tall. This is a rare costume from this film, which is now considered a classic in the superhero genre. It is expected to fetch $30,000 – $50,000.

While not from the same film but still a villain of Batman, a signature Jim Carrey “Riddler” question mark costume from Batman Forever. The costume includes the green bowler hat with a large question mark motif on front. The costume is completed by the Riddler’s signature gold 38 in. cane with a rubber question mark handle. This highly identifiable character ensemble is an important landmark in the Riddler’s modern incarnation. It is expected to fetch $20,000 – $30,000.

The Peter Mayhew original “Chewbacca” head from Star Wars is the finest full costume headpiece of Chewbacca from the original trilogy in private hands. It consists of a screen-used cowl hairpiece (which encompasses the entire head) and a period-made Stuart Freeborn facial appliance. Included are signed photographs by Stuart Freeborn and Peter Mayhew. It is expected to fetch $60,000 – $80,000.

From X-Men, a signature “Wolverine” black leather battlesuit. The familiar fine black leather jumpsuit is subtly adorned with metallic copper and yellow-colored trimmings. The X-Men first don their combat suits to battle Magneto and the Brotherhood in the final Statue of Liberty sequence. It comes with a 20th Century Fox certificate of authenticity. It is expected to fetch $30,000 – $50,000. From X2: X-Men United, are Hugh Jackman’s “Wolverine” hero claws. It is the only hero set released by the studio. The claws, when worn, give the illusion that they are razor sharp blades protruding from the tops of the wearer’s hands by virtue of an angled handle that rests flush against the upper palm of the hand. The claws come with peerless provenance and paperwork and are expected to fetch $20,000 – $30,000.

A worthy adversary for the Wolverine items is a signature Ian McKellen “Magneto” costume also from X-Men. The costume consists of a gray custom jacket with integral red-lined cape, matching gray pants, (2) fiberglass two-piece helmets, one of which is the hero helmet. The costume includes a 20th Century-Fox certificate of authenticity. It is expected to fetch $20,000 – $30,000.

Other heroes and villains include, a complete Cylon costume from Battlestar Galactica, $40,000 – $60,000; Russell Crowe “Maximus” iconic chest armor from Gladiator, $15,000 – $20,000; a Complete hero Spartan soldier costume and shield from 300, $8,000 – $12,000; A complete Stormtrooper tour costume from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, $6,000 – $8,000; Angelina Jolie “Lara Croft” jacket from Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,  $2,000 – $3,000; Patrick Stewart “Jean Luc Picard” season one Starfleet uniform from Star Trek: The Next Generation, $6,000- $8,000; Jean Luc Picard’s “Enterprise-E” command chair from the Star Trek: The Next Generation films, including First Contact, Insurrection and Nemesis, $20,000 – $30,000.

Don’t forget previously announced iconic hero costumes from Superman: The Movie, including the complete Christopher Reeve Superman costume consisting of a blue and red long-sleeve stretch jersey leotard, with the trademark Superman “S” emblazoned on the chest (estimated at $60,000 – $80,000), and the complete Marlon Brando Jor-El costume in his memorable role as the father of Superman (estimated at $60,000 – $80,000).

Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the nation’s leading dealer in guaranteed-authentic original 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. Needing to support himself, Joe turned to his hobby of buying and selling historical documents as a potential way to earn revenue. On weekends he scoured old Hollywood bookstores for letters and rare books. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. A lifetime member of the Manuscript Society, Joe is widely recognized as the nation’s leading authority on entertainment memorabilia and historical documents. Profiles in History has established itself as the world’s largest auctioneer of original Hollywood memorabilia, having held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and owning virtually every Guinness Book record prices for original screen-used memorabilia. With an extensive network of dealers, collectors, and institutions, Profiles in History is proud to play an important role in the preservation of motion picture history. Prior Profiles in History Hollywood auctions highlights include the “Cowardly Lion” costume from  The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); Steve McQueen’s “Michael Delaney” racing suit from Le Mans  ($960,000); a Panavision motion picture camera used by George Lucas to film Star Wars  ($624,000); a full-scale model T-800 Endoskeleton from Terminator 2: Judgment Day  ($488,750); Marilyn Monroe’s platinum & diamond wedding band from her marriage to Joe DiMaggio ($504,000); Marilyn Monroe’s “Diamonds” dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes  ($356,500); a King Kong 1933 six-sheet movie poster ($345,000); Luke Skywalker’s light saber from Star Wars  ($240,000); Margaret Hamilton’s “Wicked Witch” hat from The Wizard Of Oz ($230,000); and The Invisible Man 1933 one-sheet movie poster ($230,000). 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, the Marilyn Monroe signature red-sequined showgirl gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes for $1.44M 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 is the star of  Hollywood Treasure, which just ended its second season on Syfy.  Hollywood Treasure  takes viewers into the fascinating world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia.

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 www.ActionFigureInsider.com. 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 MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, 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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