Top 5 superhero film props
Top 5 superhero film props
With a cluster of superhero films hitting the big screen, we take at look at the best props at auction
With Spider-Man, The Avengers and Batman having already graced our screens this summer and more superhero action on the way from Dredd 3D and the latest Superman instalment, Man of Steel, Paul Fraser Collectibles rounds-up the top film props to appear at auction.
- WolverineClawsand Battlesuit
One of Marvel's greatest characters, Wolverine's popularity has always far surpassed that of the rest of the X-Men. Hugh Jackman's role in the X-Men trilogy and the following X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie has cemented his as the definitive portrayal and he is unlikely to be topped any time soon.
It's no wonder then that a pair of the clawshe used in the second movie, X2, sold for $25,000 as part of the Dreier Collection on July 28, 2012. Also featuringwere a number of Wolverine's outfits, including his battlesuit, which brought $40,000.
- Transformers Bumblebee Robot
Ok, so the Transformers aren't exactly superheroes, but every child who grew up in the 1980s watching the original cartoons would give anything to have their very own robot friend, and this auction made that possible.
Measuring approximately 17 feet tall by 14 feet wide, and weighing 3,200 pounds, a full-scale screen-used Bumblebee robot, used in the first live action Transformers movie (2007), sold for $88,500 in 2009.
- Captain America costume
In March 2012, an auction entitled Captain America: The First Avenger sold a remarkable array of the best props from the 2011 film. Topping that sale was the "complete hero" Captain America suit - a culmination of all the other evolving versions seen on screen, which was used from the "invasion montage" onwards.
Complete with round Vibranium shield and a rubber Colt .45 pistol, it sold for $233,700 - a 679% increase on its high estimate of 30,000. In 2011, a copy of the first issue of the Captain America comic book series sold for $343,000, breaking the record for a Marvel comic at auction.
Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever (1995) is perhaps the best known Batman film, noted for its overblown performances and blockbuster cast. It also presented one of the most iconic models of the Batmobile in any of the numerous movies in the franchise.
In 2007, a replica of that Barbara Ling designedBatmobile sold for $297,000. However, the sale came with a number of restrictions from Warner Bros. and DC Comics, including the stipulation that "The Batmobile may be driven solely when necessary for maintenance purposes and may never be driven while in public view" - a rule that Batman himself frequently ignored.
Meanwhile, the street legal Batmobile from Tim Burton's 1989 effort -one of five made for the film -sold for 110,000 on eBay in 2008. Unfortunately, it doesn't have doors.
- Christopher Reeve Superman costume
One of the longest-standing, most iconic and generally super superheroes, Clark Kent (aka Superman) has been entertaining us with his heroic feats since way back in 1938.
In 1978, the Superman movie was released amid much excitement, with a huge line-up featuring Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman. And despite a number of efforts, no director has topped it since.
The ultimate superhero costume (even if you do have to wear your underwear on the outside), Christopher Reeve's superlative outfit sold for $65,000 on July 28, 2012 -yet another item from the monumental Dreier Collection.
Paul Fraser Collectibles has a stunning autographed cardstock photo showing Christopher Reeve as Superman, which is currently available at a superb price.