This work product is part of the ongoing series of articles about costumes in the marketplace attributed to use by Christopher Reeve in the Superman films of the 70s and 80s (see “Questions About Superman Costumes in the Marketplace: Authenticity, Sources, Quantity“).
What I have attempted to do is catalog the costumes offered for sale to the public by auction houses and by prop dealers on their commercial websites.
I have tried to capture as much of the key details of these offerings as possible to populate a matrix in an effort to share information with collectors about what has been offered for sale and the attributes of those costumes and costume parts. This also offers an opportunity to compare and contrast some of the characteristics of these costumes. Some also appear to have been sold and resold (based on matching wardrobe tags, for instance), as noted in the document.
Obviously, I am at the mercy of the quality and accuracy of the information used to market these pieces by auction houses, dealers, and their consignors, as applicable. In some cases, the information provided is vague and imprecise, so I would ask anyone using this document to please keep all of this in mind and to perform your own due diligence and verify all information to your own standards. I have not verified any of the information presented or claimed via the marketing and advertising of these pieces beyond what was noted in the applicable auction catalog and/or website.
This first draft version of the matrix is named “Version 1.0”, marked with today’s date, as I see this as a “living document” with many updates, revisions, edits, etc.
If anyone has any information to share or changes/edits or any other input, please contact me, as my goal is to make it as accurate and comprehensive as possible.
Here is the matrix: “Superman Costume Matrix: Auction House/Dealer Website Public Offerings”
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This matrix does not include costumes offered for sale outside of auction houses and dealer websites (i.e. eBay).
Details of the costumes that are included in this matrix can be found in the following OPB articles:
- Original Superman Costume Auction House Reference Archive Part 1: Profiles in History
- Original Superman Costume Auction House Reference Archive Part 2: Christie’s, Sotheby’s
- Original Superman Costume Auction House Reference Archive Part 3: Guernsey’s, Heritage, American Memorabilia, R&R Auctions
Other Superman costume related articles include:
- Questions About Superman Costumes in the Marketplace: Authenticity, Sources, Quantity
- Questions About Superman Costumes in the Marketplace: Update
- Questions About Superman Costumes in the Marketplace: Update 2
- Questions About Superman Costumes in the Marketplace: Update 3
- WFAA Television News Report on Heritage Auction Galleries, L.A. Prop and Wardrobe: “Systematic Misrepresentation of Provenance”
- More on Heritage Auction Galleries, L.A. Prop & Wardrobe
- Questions About Superman Costumes in the Marketplace: “Costume Junkie” Response
- Questions About Superman Costumes in the Marketplace: “Super Hollywood” Response
- Ten Outstanding Questions About “Super Hollywood” Superman Costumes in the Marketplace
- eBay Auction: Greatest American Hero Costume – Update
- Authentic Superman Costume In The Marketplace – The Prop Store of London
- Guernsey’s Pugliese Pop Culture Collection Auction: HD Images from Today Show Feature
- “Super Hollywood” Threatens $1.5 Million Dollar Lawsuit Against The Original Prop Blog
- High Resolution Photo Reference Archive: “Original Superman III Christopher Reeve Costume”
- Heritage Auction Galleries “Superman III” Costume – Update
- Guernsey’s “Pugliese Pop Culture Auction” Held Yesterday, Today
- Original Superman Costume Reference Archive: Fabric Comparison
- “Prop Store Collection” Superman Costume, Fabric Discussion Continued
- Reader Comment: Collector Seeks Contact with Salkinds, Warner Bros.
- Collectors Seek Information About Superman Belt, Superman Cape
Jason De Bord