Christian Bale's Batman suit for sale at rare memorabilia auction
One of the world's leading film and TV memorabilia companies has announced it is to hold the UK's largest live auctions this September.
Prop Store’s auction, to be held at London’s BFI IMAX cinema chain, includes items on offer that are expected to fetch in excess of £1.5 million.
Over 500 rare and iconic lots will be sold during the unique event which will be live-streamed online for fans to track the bidding on auction day.
A free preview exhibition will be open to the public in the run up to the auction, showcasing over 300 lots from the upcoming auction.
Batman’s Batsuits from The ‘Dark Knight Rises’ and ‘Batman Begins’ are expected to achieve between £40-60k and £30-40k respectively, Keira Knightley’s ‘Love Actually’ wedding dress is expected to achieve £5-7k and Michael Ironside’s ‘Jester’ flight suit from ‘Top Gun’ is expected to fetch between £6-8k at the auction. Film fans will have an opportunity to see all these original items on display in the two weeks ahead of the auction at the preview exhibition.
This will coincide with a number of special screenings at the BFI IMAX, including classics such as ‘Gladiator’, ‘Top Gun’ and the Christopher Nolan-directed ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy. What’s more, film fans who pre-book their tickets for the screenings will have a chance of winning some exclusive movie artefacts, including Barbarian’s sword and scabbard from ‘Gladiator’ as well as a Gotham Rogues t-shirt and a Batcave hanging bat from ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy.
Stephen Lane, Prop Store CEO, said: “We’re thrilled to announce our third live auction in London and are excited to be partnering with ODEON again. This year brings an opportunity for film fans and collectors alike to view some of the world’s most iconic film and TV items for free, and bid to secure their own pieces of movie and television history. A truly unique event for a global audience.”
Andy Edge, commercial director at ODEON UK & Ireland added: “We’re incredibly proud to help Prop Store bring these iconic film mementos to the public, and give UK film fans a chance to walk away with their own piece of cinema gold.”
“As Europe’s leading cinema chain, we’ve enjoyed bringing many of these blockbusters to the big screen throughout the years – and we can’t wait to welcome the iconic props through our doors this September.”
Top Items to be sold at the Prop Store auction include:
– Batman’s batsuit from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (2012) £40k-£60k
– TIE pilot helmet from ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ (1977) £50k-£70k
– Hero batpod vehicle from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (2012) £60k-£80k
– Steven Spielberg’s clapperboard from ‘Jaws’ (1975) £30k-£40k
– Batman’s batsuit from ‘Batman Begins’ (2005) £30k-£40k
– Sloth mask from ‘The Goonies’ (1985) £30k-£40k
– Harry Potter Hogwarts acceptance letter with wax seal from ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ (2001) £3k-£5k
– Richard Attenborough’s personal annotated script from ‘Jurassic Park’ (1993) £4k-£6k
– Keira Knightley’s wedding dress from ‘Love Actually’ (2003) £5k-£7k
– Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Mulder (David Duchovny) FBI photo ID & badge from ‘The X-Files’ (1993-2002) £3k-£5k each
– The Prop Store auction is suitable for fans with a variety of budgets. Some of the least expensive lots in the auction include crew t-shirts and caps from the ‘Star Wars’ franchise estimated at £60–£80, and a selection of production-used scripts and posters from the film ‘Labyrinth’ starring David Bowie, estimated to sell for an affordable £200.
Auction items will be on display at a free exhibition open to the public at the BFI IMAX, London, September 14-27, from 10:00am to 9:30pm,
The live auction takes place on September 27 from 12noon.
Registration is now open at https//:www.propstore.com/liveauction.
Online proxy bids can be submitted from Thursday, September 1.