Vintage Photograph Auction Coming

Classic glamour photographs of Hollywood’s elite will be auctioned by Profiles in History on March 26-27.

The most famous item going on the block is George Hurrell’s iconic portrait of Jean Harlow on a white bearskin rug. The original camera negative and a custom print will be sold, perhaps for more than $20,000.

Bidders will also have a chance at buying Hurrell’s photo of Johnny Weissmuller from Tarzan, which is the most symbolic ever taken of a male subject in Hollywood.

In addition to the Glamour photography collection, there master prints by Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Man Ray, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Cindy Sherman, Julius Schulman, Jock Sturges, Howard Zieff and Edward Steichen.  There also is fine art by Andy Warhol, Richard Duardo, Keith Haring, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, Beatrice Wood and others.  

And there will also be work from photographer Len Prince, whose subjects include actresses like Kirsten Dunst and Teri Hatcher who have stfnal roles to their credit.

The full press release appears after the jump.

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Alice’s Own Copy of Carroll to Auction

Through The Looking Glass

Through The Looking Glass

Alice Liddell dedication copy of Through The Looking Glass

Alice Liddell dedication









If your pockets are deep enough, you can bid for a fascinating artifact of literary history – the very copy of Through the Looking Glass once owned by Alice Liddell, who inspired Lewis Carroll to write Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Alice is said to be an especially hot property these days because there’s a new Syfy Network show debuting soon and a Tim Burton film coming out early next year.

Beatrix Potter’s personal copy of The Tale of Peter Rabbit also will be available in the same Profiles in History auction on December 16.

But never mind Alice and Peter when there’s Jack! I foresee taking out another mortgage on the Glyer ancestral lands so Diana can bid up that copy of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe with the tipped-in C. S. Lewis autographed letter.

The full press release follows the jump.

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Earhart Goggles Top Item at Auction

The goggles Amelia Earhart wore during her historic 1932 solo transatlantic flight commanded $141,600 at Profiles in History’s October 8-9 auction. The goggles were the most avidly-sought flight-related item up for sale.  Among others, astronaut Gus Grissom’s worn Mercury flight suit brought $47,200 and the baseball cap Neil Armstrong wore after splashdown and recovery from the Apollo 11 mission went for $14,160.

Many collectibles of interest to fans also were on the block. The early Apple Macintosh 128 computer given to Gene Roddenberry by Apple Computer sold for $8,260. Walker Edmiston’s archive of Time for Beany show puppets and memorabilia went for $70,800. A John Steed derby hat from The Avengers yielded $57,500. A Harrison Ford signature hero “Indiana Jones” bullwhip from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade fetched $56,050. 

All amounts include the hammer price plus the 18% buyer’s premium.

The full press release appears after the jump.

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Lost Prop Auction Coming in May 2010

The series finale of Lost is coming in May 2010, and after it airs ABC will auction off props, set pieces, costumes and other collectible artifacts.

Profiles in History provided fans at Comic Con with a sneak preview: Kate’s toy plane, Hurley’s winning lottery ticket, Locke’s hunting knife, Sawyer’s letter, Charlie’s guitar, Mr. Eko’s club and many other items from the sale were on display.

The full press release appears after the jump.

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