Own a Piece of Hollywood
From June 26 to June 28, a number of iconic props from Hollywood’s most celebrated films will be up for auction in Los Angeles as part of Profiles in History’s Hollywood Auction 89. Ahead, check out the items going up for sale.
Darth Vader's Helmet (Star Wars)
Darth Vader’s helmet and shoulder armor from A New Hope are production-made pieces that originated from Lucasfilm. They are made of fiberglass and are expected to sell for $40,000 – $60,000.
Luke Skywalker's Lightsaber (Star Wars)
Luke’s iconic weapon from A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back comes directly from the archive of Gary Kurtz, who was a producer on the two films. The lightsaber comes with a letter of authenticity, signed by Kurtz, and is estimated to sell for $150,000 – $250,000.
Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory)
This Golden Ticket screen belonging to the Charlie Bucket character in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory consists of printed black text and border on a rippled-edge shiny gold foil paper. The ticket belonged to director Mel Stuart and is estimated to sell for $40,000 – $60,000.
Jack Dawson's Clothes (Titanic)
The clothes worn by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jack Dawson throughout most of Titanic are only one of dozen of other collectible items from the Blockbuster film Titanic items that will be a part of this auction. The ensemble is estimated to sell for $100,000 – $150,000.
Pvt. Hudson's Armor (Aliens)
The colonial marine armor Bill Paxton’s character wore in Aliens consists of pressed aluminum panels, cast resin components, web belting and plastic buckles. James Cameron instructed each actor to personalize their armor so Paxton wrote “Louise” on his as a nod to his wife. The prop is estimated to sell between $10,000 – $15,000.
Conan's Sword (Conan the Barbarian)
The Atlantean Sword belonging to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Conan the Barbarian is the sword discovered by the titular character when he uncovers the burial tomb of an ancient Atlantean warrior and is what he uses for the remainder of the film. The blade is hand ground from carbon steel that has not been sharpened for safety reasons and has remained in screenwriter John Milius’ collection ever since the film wrapped. It is estimated to sell for $40,000 – $60,000.
Marilyn Monroe's First Signed Studio Contact
Marilyn Monroe’s first signed studio contact with Twentieth Century Fox is 17-pages long and dated Aug. 24th, 1946. On page 16, the future Marilyn Monroe signed her real name “Norma Jeane Dougherty” (she was married to family friend James “Jim” Dougherty at the time and divorced one month later). The final page is signed by Norma Jeane’s foster mother, Grace McKee, granting approval of the agreement for the 20-year-old minor. It’s a six month contract for $125.00 per week and is estimated to sell for $8,000 – $12,000 in the auction.
Don Vito Corleone's Wool Coat (The Godfather)
This is the original brown tweed wool coat Marlon Brando wore as Don Vito Corleone during the assassination attempt on the street scene in The Godfather. The piece is estimated to sell for $30,000 – $50,000.