This article continues coverage of Superman costumes and costume components offered for sale publicly in the marketplace attributed to use in the Superman films of the 70s-80s starring Christopher Reeve and characterized as “original” and “authentic”.
eBay Seller: super38
Auction Title: “Superman III dirty tunic Reeve no tag NO RES costume”
Noted Source/Provenance: “COA Excellent!”
eBay Item #: 260359631479
End Date: 02/15/09
Auction Result: Ended, Sold For $1,125.00, 4 Bids
Full Auction Archive: “Superman III dirty tunic Reeve no tag NO RES costume”
NO RESERVE!! From my personal collection. Must sell with NO RESERVE! This is the last incomplete tunic that we have from Superman III with no tags! If your a Superman fan, what a fantastic gift to yourself or a loved one. Superman III dirty tunic with attached trunks. COA Excellent! Please email any and all questions.
Super Hollywood (Armando Alvarez, “super38” on eBay) has listed many auctions on eBay using this same photo.
eBay Seller: tstaff1977
Auction Title: “Superman 1 & 2 Screen Used Walking Cape!”
Noted Source/Provenance: “LOA from Anastasia Salkind on her personal letter head”
eBay Item #: 280314002720
End Date: 02/23/09
Auction Result: Ended, Sold For $2,688.88, 15 Bids
Full Auction Archive: “Superman 1 & 2 Screen Used Walking Cape!”
From the Film Superman come this Screen Used Walking Cape! This cape was worn by Christopher Reeves in is portrayal of the Man of Steel. This Walking Cape was said to be used in both Superman 1 & 2 as they where filmed back to back. I know there are a lot of replica capes out there, but this is not one of them. This Cape came straight from the Salkind Private Collection and was bought straight from the family. The Cape shows some wear on it and has a Stain on the inside collar and Label.The Label Reads Bermans & Nathans: Christopher Reeves Cape Walking 10839 Superman. It is accompanied by a LOA from Anastasia Salkind on her personal letter head. This is a fine example of one of the most iconic Super Hero items in movie history!
Please Serious Bidders Only! Please fell free to make Offers. I am setting the Price low so you can determine the price so Don’t Miss Out!
Questions & Analysis:
If one examines the Bermans & Nathans wardrobe tag attached to this costume, and compares with those seen in analysis in past features, one might come to the conclusion that many attributes prove problematic.
Also of note is the number of Letters of Authenticity in the marketplace attributed to and bearing the signature of Anastasia Salkind, as is the case with this auction.
I was contacted by Ms. Salkind and had a phone conversation with her several months ago, and her statement to me was that she only ever produced one (1) Letter of Authenticity.
In my coverage of the Superman marketplace, I have come across a number of examples of “Anastasia Salkind” Letters of Authenticity:
eBay Seller “tstaff1977” (see above):
eBay Seller “kronicentertainment” (see “Superman Costumes in the Marketplace Round-Up: April, May“):
eBay Seller “istealthsim” (see “Superman Costumes in the Marketplace: June 2008, Part 1“):
eBay Seller “fearlessgreen” (see ““One of a Kind” Krypton Baby Superman Blanket – Update“)
No Photo/Scan of LOA Provided
Memorabilia Store “Antiquities of Las Vegas – The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace” (see “Superman Costume in the Marketplace – “Antiquities” in Las Vegas“)
No Photo/Scan of LOA Provided
Only one of the examples above is notarized (and the notary name and certificate number is valid per the Commission Detail on the notaries.dos.state.fl.us website.
I would also note that a genuine LOA can be copied, or paired with pieces to which it was not originally assigned.
In any event, based on the information provided by Ms. Salkind, if accurate (i.e. that only one genuine LOA was ever produced by her), one could then conclude that at least five of the six of the documents referenced/depicted in archived auctions above are forgeries/counterfeit.
For more information, please reference: Market Watch | Superman
Jason De Bord