These were the things Ackerman didn’t want to live without. When the rest of his collection was dispersed in a series of widely-publicized sales, he held them back. After he sold the Ackermansion in 2002, these favorite possessions followed him to the three-bedroom rental house. Maria, replica of the female robot from his favorite film Metropolis. His most storied Dracula paraphernalia, like Bela Lugosi’s cape and signet ring. And much more.
Now Profiles in History will auction these things in April 2009 on behalf of the estate.
…[The] Count Dracula ring worn by Bela Lugosi in the 1931 horror classic “Dracula,” the vampire cape Lugosi wore for decades — even the actor’s outfit from the “worst film ever made,” Ed Wood’s cheesy “Plan 9 From Outer Space” — are going up for bid.
So are such notable pieces as a signed, first-edition copy of Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein” and a first-edition copy of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” that was signed not only by Stoker but also Lugosi, Boris Karloff and numerous other horror film notables.
Images of many of these items are being screened on the front page of the Profiles in History today.