Some of the biggest names in blockbusters will make an appearance, in one form or another, at an auction of Hollywood memorabilia at London’s BFI Imax on Tuesday September 26.
James Bond’s Royal Navy cap from 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me, worn by Roger Moore and made by Gieves & Hawkes, is expected to sell for £5,000-£7,000. It features a costumier’s label bearing the name of the actor and the film, while a houndstooth jacket worn by Bond villain Tee Hee in 1973’s Live and Let Die (during a fight with Moore in a train cabin) has an estimate of £1,000-£1,500.
A slightly more daring suit comes courtesy of The Joker, as played by Jack Nicholson in 1989’s Batman. Dark purple, and sold with a bright-orange shirt, purple tie and ominous lavender-coloured gloves, the ensemble is expected to realise £20,000-£30,000. Meanwhile, the slinky, feline costume worn by Julie Newmar as Catwoman in the 1960s Batman television series has an estimate of £15,000-£20,000, and a top hat and gloves belonging to The Penguin, as played by Burgess Meredith in the show, are estimated at £15,000-£20,000.
When Michelle Pfeiffer played Catwoman, her whip was the work of master whipmaker David Morgan. Morgan also made the bullwhip used by Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – star of such scenes as the rescue at Castle Brunwald – and the 10ft lasher is expected to fetch £50,000-£70,000 in the sale. Also going under the hammer is, well, a hammer – Thor’s hammer, to be precise, which appeared in the hugely successful 2011 film starring Chris Hemsworth and directed by Kenneth Branagh. Mjölnir, as it is known, had any number of special powers, including the ability to destroy a galaxy, and is estimated at £20,000-£30,000 (special powers possibly not included).
“These items are instantly recognisable and are guaranteed conversation starters,” says Stephen Lane, CEO of Prop Store, which is holding the auction. “Collectors are especially drawn to items that play significant parts in the film they come from, because they speak for themselves and are synonymous with their characters. Thor’s hammer and Jack Nicholson’s Joker suit fit this criterion, and both have a wow factor that is difficult to describe.”
Other sale highlights include: Superman’s tunic (£8,000-£10,000) from 1987’s Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (starring Christopher Reeve); the jumpsuits worn by Ghostbuster Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) in both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II (both estimated at £6,000-£8,000); Marty McFly’s light-up Nike high-tops (£25,000-£35,000) from Back to the Future Part II; and a cyberman-esque Hero Helmet (£30,000-£50,000) sported by Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
A three-week preview exhibition of the more than 300 lots has just launched at the BFI, and the auction will also be live streamed at propstore.com/liveauction.