Top 10: Superhero film props

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2015-06-26 10:29:19

1) Batman Forever Batmobile - $297,000

Over the years the Batmobile has taken on many different forms. In its first appearance in Detective Comics #48 in 1941 as a red convertible with a bat-shaped hood ornament.

The first standard design of the Batmobile was done in 1944 by artist, Dick Sprang who added red stripes to the otherwise dark car. However, 1995’s Batman Forever saw one of the boldest makeovers for the super car.

The Batman Forever Batmobile featured simulated ribs, a large fin and wings. Barbara Ling, an artist who assisted with the design of the car said “I wanted the Batmobile to look like a living, breathing thing.”

In December 2007, a replica Batmobile used for promotion of Batman Forever, was sold by RM Auctions for $297,000. Rules outlined in the auction description stated that the car could only be driven solely when necessary for maintenance purposes, but may never be driven in public view.

2) Superman costume - $115,000

The Superman costume worn by Christopher Reeve in Superman (1978) was sold by Profiles in History for an incredible $115,000 in April 2007, double its presale estimate.

The sale also featured the Alien costume which sold for $126,500

3) Batman (1989) Batmobile - $110,000

A street legal Batmobile from Tim Burton's 1989 film Batman was sold on eBay in 2008 for $110,000. It was one of 5 Batmobiles made for the film but was not used in filming.

 

The leather seated Batmobile does not have doors. It can only be entered via the top canopy, in the same way Batman enters in the film.

4) Transformers Bumblebee Robot - $88,500

Measuring approximately 17 feet tall and 14 feet wide and weighing 3200 pounds, a full scale Bumblebee robot used in the filming of Transformers (2007) was sold by Profiles in History in 2009 for $88,500.

The robot was used in many critical scenes in the film including when Sam and Mikaela are first introduced to the Autobots, when Bumblebee is captured by Sector 7 with a helicopter and on the back of a tow truck during the final battle sequences.

5) Wolverine Battlesuit - $75,000

In December 2008, Profiles in History sold Hugh Jackman’s black leather battlesuit from X-Men (2000) for $75,000.

The padded jumpsuit is adorned with metallic copper and yellow trimmings. The “X” motif is visable on the buckle with two smaller versions either side of the collar.

The suit’s first appearance in the film is when the X-Men don their combat suits to battle Magneto and the Brotherhood in the final Statue of Liberty sequence.

6) Batman Forever Batsuit - $63,250

In April 2007, Val Kilmer’s Batsuit from Batman Forever sold for $63,250 at a Profiles in History sale.

The torso of the costume consisted of moulded foam latex over neoprene with matching foam latex muscular legs, a vented Sonar cowl, rubber Batbelt and the classic floor length rubber cape.

7) Daredevil costume - $57,500

Ben Affleck’s custom blood-red leather costume from Daredevil (2003) was sold by Profiles in History for $57,500 in August 2008.

The costume consisted of: a leather jacket with “DD” insignia and padding, matching leather trousers and boots, leather cowl, gloves and a belt with a holster for weapons. The lot also included Daredevil’s cane and three other staff weapons of assorted lengths.

8) Batman Returns Batsuit - $44,800

Michael Keaton’s costume from Batman Returns (1992) was sold by Julien’s Auctions in October 2010 for $44,800.

The costume consists of a latex cape, latex and foam bodysuit and boots made of Nike Air III shoes with added leather boot tops and boot armour.

The same auction saw the sale of Jim Carrey’s Riddler costume which sold for $7,360.

9) Wolverine’s claws - $40,250

A set of claws worn by Hugh Jackman as a part of his Wolverine costume from X2: X-Men United, were sold by Profiles in History in 2007 for $40,250. They are apparently rhe only paired set of claws released from the studio.

The claws are made from hard plastic and are curved at the back end so that they fit between the wearers knuckles. They are tapered to appear as if they are protruding directly from the skin.

10) Spider-Man costumes - $35,000

In August 2008, costumes from Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 sold for $35,000 at a Profiles in History sale.

The lot included a Chinese burgundy satin dress with a pink silk scarf that was worn by Kirsten Dunst’s character Mary Jane in the World Unity Fair sequence in Spider-Man 2 as well as the facemask worn by Tobey Maguire as part of the Spideysuit.

It also included the wrestling costume worn by Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man consisting of navy sweatpants, a red long sleeved hooded sweatshirt with a spider on the front and back and white leather gloves.

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