Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible suit to auction at Christie's
The costume worn by Tom Cruise in one of his most famous scenes is heading to auction at Christie's next month.
The Out of the Ordinary sale will offer the suit worn by Cruise in the first Mission: Impossible movie – specifically, the iconic moment he descends from a ceiling duct into an impenetrable vault room to hack a CIA computer.
The scene is just one example of Cruise's remarkable stunt work throughout his career, and has been parodied in countless films and TV shows. In an interview with Vulture earlier this year, veteran stuntman Randy Butcher explained how Cruise performed during the now-famous scene.
"He’s in a harness, and they’re using some Spectra Rope, which is better than cable. Whether it’s 30 or 40 feet, Tom is absolutely in that harness, using his own stomach muscles and his own balance to maintain that position and that shot. They don’t cut away from it at all. ‘There’s a profile shot of him over the computer and you can actually sense his struggle to maintain that balance, which really adds to it."
Comprised of a rubber headset and black rimmed glasses, latex surgical gloves, black canvas jacket, t-shirt and jogging bottoms and black lace-up boots, the screen-worn costume is expected to sell for £5,000-£7,000 ($7,780 - $10,892).
Further highlights will include the running shoes worn by Roger Bannister when he broke the four-minute mile in May 1954, estimated at £30,000-£50,000; a life-sized, articulated papier-mâché anatomical model of a Gorilla, made circa 1863, estimated at £80,000-£100,000; a 165 million-year-old Plesiosaur skull, valued at £60,000-£90,000; and a photographic mosaic of the lunar surface, taken by NASA Lunar Orbiter V in 1967, priced at £30,000-£50,000.
The Christie's Out of the Ordinary sale takes place in South Kensington, London on September 10.
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