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. Now the auction house has announced the first part of the Dreier collection will be auctioned off, scheduled for July 28, 2012.
Chad Dreier and son Doug 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. There is not a lot of focus to the collection–the Dreiers seemed to acquire several mid-range pieces from movies as opposed to going for the key hero piece from any particular film. For whatever reason they stopped midstream, and the result is that many buyers will be able to fill in their collections from a wide range of productions.
The key pieces?
First off there is an exquisite original Chewbacca head/mask from the original Star Wars. I could be wrong but it looks just like one that circulated the Planet Hollywood theme restaurant chain before they went bankrupt and sold off their collection via Profiles and other outlets. It has an auction estimate of $60,000 to $80,000 and I expect this will sell for at least triple that. Profiles calls this “the finest screen-correct Chewbacca costume head from the Star Wars trilogy known to exist.” I’d guess George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch has one or two just as nice, but the statement is probably not far from the truth. For everyone’s favorite lovable Star Wars hero, some folks with big pockets will duke it out for this crown jewel. Some background original series weapons and prequel lightsabers are up for auction, too.
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. Annoyingly his hat and costume are being auctioned separately; the hat is expected to fetch between $20,000 and $30,000 and the costume $60,000 to $80,000. An Oompa Loompa costume has an estimate of $6,000 to $8,000.
A Bob Keeshan costume from the 1960s has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000. If you’re like me you grew up with Keeshan in his nearly 40 year run as Captain Kangaroo. No Mr. Green Jeans?
An easily identifiable jacket of the type worn by Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller carries an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.
The Dreiers were also fans of Christopher Reeve’s Superman from 1978. More interesting than one of the hero Reeves suits expected to sell between $60,000 to $80,000 is the rarer costume worn by his father Jor-El, played by the great Marlon Brando.
Although the estimate for the silver blingy Brando costume is the same as for Reeve’s supersuit, if legend status is any indication, expect the Brando to go the way of contemporary Marilyn Monroe’s costumes last summer. Despite some four-figure estimates, expect some Christopher Reeve Clark Kent suits and kryptonite to reach five figures–screen-matched kryptonite doesn’t come up for auction every day.
The cover piece is an original set of cylon armor from Battlestar Galactica. Whether or not you liked the original series, you cannot deny how neat the original cylons looked in 1979. The suit carries an auction estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. Equally cool, and a nice jewel for some sci-fi TV fan, will be the Colonial Warrior costume from that series.
In particular, the helmet is a great looking piece, and if you watch the TV series Psych, you’ll have seen a colonial helmet as a story element in the entertainment memorabilia episode starring Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s real-life hubby Freddie Prinz, Jr. as a mega-sci-fi collector.
Iconic for sure. The lot carries an estimate of $12,000 to $15,000. (Profiles is also auctioning off a Geordi LaForge visor from Star Trek: The Next Generation!).
Many of the items are familiar, having sold in other recent Profiles auctions. Look for a quarter scale Batmobile from Batman Returns as well as a deteriorating Batsuit worn by Michael Keaton. The auction includes several X-Men outfits and props, including Wolverine and his claws, Magneto, Cyclops, Storm, and Rogue. For recent films they carry pretty hefty five-figure estimates (except Rogue), but I’d expect the Wolverine to sell for a high amount as the standout of the franchise. Other costumes and props have been seen recently at auction but may be interesting to some bidders (and are certainly just fun to browse through in the catalog), including pieces from Star Trek, such as familar borgs Seven of Nine, Data in First Contact-style uniform, and a Next Generation member of The Borg as well as a Klingon warrior, also pieces from the Indiana Jones movies, Austin Powers, The Hunt for Red October, G.I. Joe, Gladiator and Dances with Wolves.
One sleeper item of note is the original comic art for the Battlestar Galactica oversized comic book. With an estimate at only $2,000 to $3,000, expect this full color beauty to easily exceed $10,000. This comic book is likely to tug at the nostalgia of many a kid from the 1970s. Every other kid I knew had this comic book–it was published and reprinted several times–and who wouldn’t want to own the original cover art now?
For those with smaller budgets, some great toy lots from Star Wars, Pez, and G.I. Joe are being auctioned, too.