Movie fans are in for a treat when Bonhams & Goodman conduct an auction of Collectables on Sunday 24 May at 2pm, in the Melbourne salerooms.
One of the highlights of the auction is a costume worn by actor Christopher Reeve as Superman. Reeve played the super hero in four feature-length movies between 1978-1987. The costume comprises a leotard featuring the unmistakable red and yellow 'S' logo, a pair of red trunks and yellow belt. The leotard has slits in the side through which cables were fed to suspend Reeve while filming simulated flying scenes for Superman III.
Superman costumes rarely appear on the market and are much sought after by collectors. Complete costumes have been known to sell for in excess of $100,000 at auction. This part-costume carries an estimate of $15,000-20,000.
Superman is an icon of twentieth century Popular Culture. His distinctive blue, red and yellow crime fighting costume makes him arguably the most recognisable character in movie history. He was created in 1932 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and first appeared in 'Action Comic #1' in 1938. The huge success of the comic book hero led to several spin-offs including a long-running radio series and seventeen short films. In 1978 the first feature length Superman movie opened with Christopher Reeve in the lead role. The film grossed more than US$300,000 worldwide and at the time was Warner Bros. biggest ever commercial success.
The sale also features a diverse range of other collectables including vintage toys, exceptional Meccano construction sets, trains, diecast toys and toy soldiers, as well as sporting and entertainment memorabilia, advertising and film posters.
A fully illustrated catalogue can be viewed online at www.bonhamsandgoodman.com.au.