George Reeves' Superman suit tops $230,000 at auction
An original 1950s Superman suit worn by George Reeves has sold for more than $230,000 in a Profiles in History auction.
Reeves wore the suit for 26 episodes during the second season of The Adventures of Superman, the last black-and-white season of the show which aired in 1954.
The gray knit wool suit featured a tunic, leggings, dark brown trunks, a tan leather belt, a brown cape and brown leather suede boots, all unrestored since Reeves wore them more than 60 years ago.
The costume, which also featured a built-in, sculpted rubber muscle suit, came complete with Reeves' original 'flying pan' – the device which producers used during his flying sequences.
During the show's first season, Reeves had been suspended by wires for all the flying shots, but an accident towards the end of the run saw him fall fifteen feet when a cable snapped.
Reeves swore he'd never use the wires again, and told producers to come up with another way to make him fly. Special effects specialist Thol Simonson and his team devised a new method, using a molded fiberglass pan and a hydraulic system which Reeves lay on, in front of a blue-screen projection.
The suit was described as "the finest, most complete and historic costume in the history of television to be sold at auction", and realized a price of $230,400 (including buyer's premium).
Further notable lots sold during day 2 of the Profiles in History Hollywood auction included the 1930 Academy Award presented to Norma Shearer for The Divorcee, which realised $192,000; the Panavision camera used to film The Exorcist, which fetched $128,000; and a General Lee Dodge Charger from The Dukes of Hazzard, which also achieved $128,000.
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