Well, the much talked about event has now come and gone. So what happened?
Not having attended the event, or bid on any items, all I can really do is report on discussions from online forums and review the results of the auction.
One of the things I was most interested in, as noted in the article written Friday night, is how the hobby would absorb all these high value pieces with the next Profiles in History auction just two weeks away.
The big news of the event was the downward adjustments on the opening bid amounts. Having watched some of the auction over the feed from eBay Live Auctions, this seemed to be a very frequent occurrence. I know of a few collectors that are pleased with some items won for less than expected.
Here are some of the notable results from the event, so far as film and television props, wardrobe, and memorabilia goes:
- The Maltese Falcon Resin Statuette (Lot 279)
- Estimate: $500,000-$800,000
- Closed at: $250,000 (Did Not Meet Reserve)
- Wicked Witch’s Hat From “The Wizard of Oz” (Lot 363)
- Estimate: $60,000-$80,000
- Closed at: $170,000
- Odd Job Hat From “Goldfinger” (Lot 54)
- Estimate: $75,000-$150,000
- Closed at: $110,000
- Harrison Ford “Indiana Jones” Bullwhip (Lot 240)
- Estimate: $50,000-$75,000
- Closed at: $57,500
- Reeve’s Costume From “Superman” (Lot 380)
- Closed at: $45,000
- Batman Shakespeare Bust (Lot 695)
- Estimate: $50,000-$100,000
- Closed at: $40,000
- Sally Field “Flying Nun” Habit And Coronet (Lot 732)
- Estimate: $40,000-$60,000
- Closed at: $36,000
- Holy Grail From “Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade” (Lot 237)
- Estimate: $8,000-$12,000
- Closed at: $35,000
- Michael Keaton “Batman Returns” Costume (Lot 82)
- Estimate: $75,000-$100,000
- Closed at: $35,000
- Charlton Heston “Ten Commandments” Costume (Lot 399)
- Estimate: $30,000-$40,000
- Closed at: $30,000
Of the 798 total items listed for sale on eBay (which excludes the “prohibited lots”, such as firearms, that cannot be sold on eBay), approximately 240 did not sell. So roughly one out of every three items did not seem to sell, in spite of the reduced opening bid amounts and/or reserves. This is under the assumption that items in bold on eBay were sold at the price listed – I will clarify this if I receive contrary information.
Here is an archive of the auction results, per eBay, broken into four files:
Jason De Bord