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Offline LancisTopic starter

HOW MUCH DID IT GO FOR?!
« on: March 07, 2007, 12:32:12 AM »
I saw this online and had to share it... :)

LONDON - The brown hooded cloak worn by Obi-Wan Kenobi in the "Star Wars" films and then forgotten for years in a warehouse sold for $104,000 to an anonymous telephone bidder Tuesday at an auction of movie and TV memorabilia.

Audience members raised their paddles in rapid succession as costumes flashed across TV screens at Bonhams, a British auctioneer, as staff fielded phone bids from all over the world. When the hammer dropped on a Bond girl's cat-suit or
       
Anthony Hopkins' army uniform, men in dark blazers whispered the prices into their cell phones.

"It's nerve-racking, of course it is," costume collector Kamran Raja said as the outfits from "Evita," which starred Madonna, were auctioned off. He made a bid, paying $5,200 to add a fur-lined dressing gown from the 1996 movie to his 40-piece collection, which he said included one of Madonna's bras.

"I just aged 20 years in two minutes," he said.

The auction's main attraction was the hooded cloak worn by Alec Guinness as Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars." It had gone unnoticed in the company's inventory until its provenance was discovered last year.

"How would anyone have known when that film was made that it would attain cult status?" said Tim Angel, chairman of Angels The Costumiers.

Angel said the company was trying to cut insurance costs by selling some 400 movie, TV and theater costumes from its 1.5 million-piece collection.
Some of the more eye-catching costumes including
       
Mel Gibson's kilt from "Braveheart" and the James Bond dinner jacket from "Thunderball" were modeled by Bonhams staff.

While most of the bidders were dealers or collectors, a few were looking for a cheap conversation piece from a famous film or actor, said Bonhams specialist Stephanie Connell.

"You might just wear a suit to a dinner party and say, `Look, it's a Michael Caine suit,'" Connell said. However, the Bond dinner jacket a big-ticket item that sold for $64,700 would probably never see another martini, she said.

The auction also included the beaten metal helmet worn by Terry Jones in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." It sold for $19,300, 20 times more than its pre-sale estimate.

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I am a true geek at heart... and I can understand the Guiness Cloak going for 104 thousand....

But even as much as I love the Holy Grail... that helmet was basically a cut up bucket lol and it went for almost 20 grand!

Tells you the status of that movie though :)

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Offline Spookie Monster

Re: HOW MUCH DID IT GO FOR?!
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2007, 05:46:10 PM »
"It's nerve-racking, of course it is," costume collector Kamran Raja said as the outfits from "Evita," which starred Madonna, were auctioned off. He made a bid, paying $5,200 to add a fur-lined dressing gown from the 1996 movie to his 40-piece collection, which he said included one of Madonna's bras.

"I just aged 20 years in two minutes," he said.

Oh, yeah... I know how that guy feels.  Madonna's bras have done that to me, too.

*cough*

Seriously, though... well, it's cool with me.  I agree that dropping $100,000 on a cloak is a bit much - I mean, at the risk of getting preachy, that could buy a lot of blankets for people who really need them, you know? - but "different strokes for different folks" and all o' that.  I'll tell you, though: The fellow that bought Obi-Wan's cloak had damn well better put that thing on, go to the local watering hole with a buddy, and say, just once, "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy."  Just once.

Oh, criminy, that would be sweet.

Actually, I'm rather fascinated by the whole nature of collecting - the whos and the whats and the whys.  I myself considered buying some of the MST3K props when that program ended, for example, just to have them around.  Do we have any collectors here?  If so, what do you collect?

Great catch, Lancis! :)

Spel