Earlier this season Hollywood Treasure, Syfy Channel’s “reality” series about auction house Profiles in History, featured the Dreier family collection of screenused props, costumes and nostalgic toys. Back in June we reported that the auction house had announced the first part of the Dreier collection would hit the auction block July 28. Chad Dreier and son Doug had amassed a broad collection of costumes and props after Chad’s company Ryland Homes was successfully turned into a multi-billion dollar enterprise. The collection itself covers a lot of bases of primarily movies from 2000 onward, with some key pieces from the 1970s and 1980s. Saturday the first part of the collection resulted in a few good buys but mainly showed that the economy is doing fine for those with a lot of money.
So how did the lots that borg.com projected as key pieces fare?
First off was an exquisite original Chewbacca head/mask from the original Star Wars. It had an auction estimate of $60,000 to $80,000 and I expected this would sell for at least triple that. Profiles called this “the finest screen-correct Chewbacca costume head from the Star Wars trilogy known to exist.” So was I right? The sale price including fees was $172,200. Almost three times the estimate. But this was an exception as most items in the auction sold in-line with auction estimates.
The Dreiers appeared to purchase everything they could get their hands on related to Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory from 1971. Their collection includes Wilder’s key outfit and hat and a bunch of lesser known but recognizable props and production ephemera. Wilder’s hat was expected to fetch between $20,000 and $30,000 and the costume $60,000 to $80,000. The hat sold for $33,825 and the costume for $73,800. An Oompa Loompa costume carried an estimate of $6,000 to $8,000. Selling for $30,750, it showed how popular these characters still are today.
A Bob Keeshan costume from the 1960s had an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000. It sold for $36,900.
An easily identifiable jacket of the type worn by Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller carried an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000. It sold for $36,900.
The Dreiers were also fans of Christopher Reeve’s Superman from 1978. One of the hero Reeves suits expected to sell between $60,000 to $80,000. It sold for $79,850. We featured the rarer costume worn by his father Jor-El, played by the great Marlon Brando, in our Comic-Con coverage here.
It had the same estimate as the Reeve suit, and sold similarly at $73,800. Both fell in line with expectations.
The auction catalog cover featured an original set of cylon armor from Battlestar Galactica. The suit carried an auction estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. It sold for $46,125.
This outfit from the original series had an auction estimate of $12,000 to $15,000. It sold for $17,220.
We also reported on this slick Wolverine costume in our Comic-Con coverage. It had an estimate of $25,000 to $50,000 and sold for $49,200.
One sleeper item I noted was the original comic art for the Battlestar Galactica oversized comic book. With an estimate at only $2,000 to $3,000, I expected it to exceed $10,000. Although it sold over its estimate, it didn’t make my prediction, selling at $4,305.
One other key piece sold at Profiles Saturday of note–a complete Star Trek: The Next Generation mannequin and costume of The Borg. It was not ever for sale at auction before Profiles auctioned it in a recent auction of ex-Paley costumes, but was created by Michael Westmore’s actual production team for a museum collection once owned by The Paley Center. It had an auction estimate of $8,000 to $12,000 and sold for just under $16,000. I know of only three of these that are almost entirely complete and have heard a fourth example exists, but know of only one other complete from-head-to-toe version like this one. These are the classic costumes of The Borg, not the later costumes that have deterioration problems and don’t look half as cool as these versions from “Best of Both Worlds” and “Descent”. So it is awesome that one of these has surpassed prices for Star Trek captain uniforms, including, as in this auction, a Captain Picard costume worn by Patrick Stewart himself, which sold for $13,530.
Congratulations to the new owners of these great pieces of entertainment memorabilia!