Film Costume Auction! Focus on Superheroes


Profiles in History, an auction house in Southern California is having their annual memorabilia sale Thursday and Friday August 31 and July 1, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.

Following in the wake of the Superheros exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, Costume Institute, not to mention all the bru-ha-ha about summer super-hero/action movies right now, the auction house is focusing on that topic as well. If you happen to be in the area and have $60-80,000 handy, you too could own:

A little searching on their site also reveals a large number of costume sketches for some fairly iconic movies, actress and characters over the last 100 years of film-making, including these:

Walter Plunkett costume sketch for Katharine Hepburn from Christopher Strong (1933). (The sketch was likely done well after the movie was filmed)


Grace Kelly costume design sketch from High Society (1956).


Anthea Sylbert costume sketch for Faye Dunaway in Chinatown (1974).


If anyone is working on any film costume history projects I would encourage you to search this vast online catalog. It does also include non-superhero movie costumes, including this one from High Society (1956).


Until Next Time,


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