Star audition tapes off the block, memorabilia from 'Star Trek,' 'Superman' and more still to be auctioned
More than 50 VHS tapes of auditions by the likes of Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Julianne Moore will no longer be up for bids during the Julien’s Auctions “Hollywood Legends” sale.
The auction house pulled the tapes and issued a statement after complaints were received from actors’ union SAG-AFTRA — which declared that “auditions are not public performances” — and the Casting Society of America.
Even without the tapes, Julien’s still has hundreds of lots that include costumes, props and other Hollywood memorabilia, and the auction will be held as planned from April 5-6.
Click through the gallery to see some of the big ticket items — some of which are estimated to fetch upwards of $60,000-$80,000 — up for grabs.
Black Beauty from The Green Hornet
When The Green Hornet (aka Britt Reid) needed to make a quick getaway, he hopped into the Black Beauty, a heavily weaponized super car built by his partner, Kato. The 1965 Imperial Crown Four Door Sedan was used in the 2011 movie — starring Seth Rogen as the masked vigilante — and is the only surviving vehicle from the production.
Auction estimate: $40,000-$60,000
Next: Star Trek Laser Rifle
William Shatner’s Pilot Laser Rifle
This one-of-a-kind laser rifle (which pre-dates the “Phaser”) comes from the set of the second pilot for Star Trek (1966-1969), and was created by toy manufacturer Reuben Klamer at the behest of series creator Gene Roddenberry.The weapon never made another appearance on the series after the pilot, but was used in a number of studio-commissioned publicity photos. Constructed of wood and finished with a blue/green metallic paint, detailing includes a hand-tooled aluminum barrel and spring-loaded trigger, a sliding switch –to adjust the force setting — three indicator lights, and a telescoping antenna.
Auction estimate: $40,000-60,000
Next: Superman IV Flying Suit
Christopher Reeve’s “Flying” Costume
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the special effects “flying” costume worn by actor Christopher Reeve in Superman IV : The Quest for Peace (1987)! The multi-piece bodysuit consists of a custom blue knit leotard with stylized Superman logo, matching knit tights, a cape and a pair of red trunks. The suit was created by famed costume house Bermans and Nathans and has sewn-in slots where cables were attached to Reeves flying harness.
Auction estimate: $20,000 – $30,000
I Dream of Jeannie Genie Bottle An original genie bottle used on the first season of I Dream of Jeannie (1965-1970) is expected to be a big seller at auction, perhaps because it comes with a letter of authenticity written by Larry Hagman — who played Major Nelson — on his personal stationery. The bottle is #2 of 6 created by artist Robert Purcell. Barbara Eden not included.
Auction estimate: $60,000 – $80,000
Next: Marilyn Monroe’s Dress
Marilyn Monroe’s Dress The label inside this light brown wool dress reads “designed by Jax,” who was one of Monroe’s favorite fashion designers.
Auction estimate: $5,000-$7,000
Next: Gone With the Wind Shoes
Clark Gable’s shoesThere is no size or label inside these black leather loafers, worn by Rhett Butler [Clark Gable] in Gone With the Wind (1939), but they do come with a letter that outlines details of their purchase at an estate sale held by Gable’s fifth wife, Kay Spreckels.Auction estimate: $8,000-$10,000
A felt flower-pot topper worn by one of the munchkins in The Wizard of Oz (1939) comes with a few extras, including a newspaper story about the hat and its owner, and a copy of the film.
Auction estimate: $8,000 – $10,000
Next: “Jane” costume
Maureen O’Sullivan’s “Jane” costume
Maureen O’Sullivan starred as Jane Parker — opposite Johnny Weissmuller — in six Tarzan films between 1932 and 1942. This simple brown sack dress costume comes from the collection of the actress’ daughter, Mia Farrow.
Auction estimate: $3,000-$5,000
Next: Bride of Vengeance gown
Paulette Goddard’s gown
Worn by actress Paulette Goddard when she played Lucrelia Borgia in the 1949 film Bride of Vengeance, this period gown features ornate gold lame sleeves embellished with faux pearls.
Auction estimate: $1,000-$2,000
Next: Frank Sinatra painting
Abstract Painting by Frank Sinatra
Ol’ Blue Eyes himself painted this oil on canvas painting color abstract, which is signed “Sinatra ’75.”
Auction estimate: $5,000 – $7,000