Profiles in History
Profiles in History is a dealer in guaranteed-authentic historical autographs, letters, documents, signed photographs and manuscripts based in California, United States of America. The company was founded by Joseph Maddalena.
Founding and ownership
Profiles in History was founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena who remains the president and CEO of the company today.
Maddalena was born into a family of antiques dealers and spent much of his childhood visiting antiques shows with his family. Maddalena was an avid card collector, and at the age 12 noticed that, although there was a large community of collectors in the New England area, there were not enough shows to accommodate them all. So at the age of 12, Maddalena decided to organise the first baseball card show in Rhode Island. Maddalena rented the American Legion hall in Cranston, Rhode Island with money that he had saved from his paper route and staged the first local show.
In 1985 Maddalena opened his first office and Profiles in History was born.
Services and expertise
Profiles in History operates two divisions, retail and auction. The retail division allows customers to buy products from the website directly. Profiles in History also organises regular auctions whereby individuals can bid on items in person or over the phone.
Profiles in History is always looking to purchase new stock and is happy to be contacted by people looking to sell their collections and needing help with valuations and authentication.
Over the years, Profiles in History have sold many notable items. The following is a list of notable items sold by Profiles in History and their realised prices.
- The original TIE fighter prop from Star Wars: A New Hope was sold on August 1st 2008 for $203,767.
- Rick Deckard’s Blade runner blaster gun from the film Blade Runner sold for $225,000 in 2009.
- A full-scale Bumblebee robot from the film Transformers sold for $88,500 at an auction in 2009.
- Mary Poppins’ bottomless carpetbag was sold in 2010 for $95,000.
- A replica DeLorean time machine was sold by Profiles in History in 2010 for $112,920.
- A pair of scissorhands from the film Edward Scissorhands was sold by Profiles in History on June 11th 2010 for $27,000.
- The Volkswagen Type 2 driven by Hurley in the US television series Lost was sold for $47,500 by Profiles in History in August 2010.
- June 2011 - The Debbie Reynolds Collection of Hollywood costumes and props
- In April 2011 the company announced the auction of John Lennon's handwritten Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds Lyrics for $200,000-$300,000
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