Batman and Superman costumes battle for bids at Nate D. Sanders

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2017-01-18 12:13:51

Two of the most iconic superhero costumes in history are heading to auction next week, as Nate D. Sanders gives us their own version of 'Batman v Superman'.

The online auction of historic artefacts and pop culture memorabilia will offer highly sought-after costumes worn on-screen by Christopher Reeve and Michael Keaton.

The tagline for Superman read simply: "You'll believe a man can fly." And thanks to the practical effects, which later won a Special Achievement Academy Award, audiences certainly did.

The original muscle tunic was worn by Reeve whilst filming those flight scenes, and features two stitched holes in the sides where he was strapped into a flying harness.

Although stunt doubles were sometimes used, Reeve performed much of the work himself, and was often suspended in the precarious harness up to 50 feet in the air from tower cranes or the studio ceiling.

Superman costumes worn on-screen by Reeve are highly sought-after by collectors, and back in 2007 a complete suit from the original 1978 film sold for $100,000.

This muscle tunic, which still bears its tag from renowned costume company Bermans & Nathans, is expected to sell for upwards of $40,000.

For collectors who look a little better in black, there's a Batman costume worn on-screen by Michael Keaton.

Keaton was initially a controversial choice to play the Dark Knight, deemed too short, too skinny and too funny. But the combination of his intense, brooding performance and his sculpted black latex Batsuit won audiences over, and his first outing as Batman earned more than $400 million at the box office.

The Batsuit for sale at Nate D. Sanders was worn by Keaton in Tim Burton's dark and twisted sequel Batman Returns, which remains one of the most visually inventive and original superhero movies ever made.

A complete suit from the film previously sold in 2008 for $90,000, and the costume currently offered – which retains its original cowl, cape and body, mounted on a lifelike display – comes with an estimate of $35,000+.

Bidding in the Nate D. Sanders sale ends on Thursday January 26.

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