Costume collectors are poised to bid on the famous Batman suit worn by Michael Keaton in Batman Returns at a Southern California auction this Thursday. The full Batman suit, described as being in good condition, is part of a large auction of Hollywood memorabilia being sold in the 31st Profiles In History auction. According to Artdaily.org, there are more than just costumes available that will make up more than $1 million in movie merchandise. The site reports:
A King Kong Six-Sheet movie poster, one of only three known to exist, measuring a colossal 81 x 81 inches! ($200,000-$250,000); a huge collection of Special Effects Creatures and Puppets including a Hydraulic screen-used Velociraptor from The Lost World: Jurassic Park II ($80,000-$100,000), The T-Rex Killer!—Hero screen-used Spinosaur head and neck from Jurassic Park III ($60,000-$80,000) and a Pteranodon display featuring a full set of screen-used Pteranodons “babies” from Jurassic Park III ($60,000-$80,000); The first-ever Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award (one of only 37 EVER GIVEN OUT), presented to Darryl F. Zanuck in 1938 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences($150,000+); Michael Keaton’s complete “Batman” costume from Batman Returns ($60,000-$80,000) and Charles Middleton “Ming the Merciless” cape from Flash Gordon (Universal, 1936–$40,000-$60,000) are just some of the 1100+ iconic pieces of Hollywood history that Profiles in History, the number one company in the world for authentic Hollywood memorabilia will offer in their upcoming two-day auction, March 27 and 28.
Costume memorabilia collectors have long made up a siginificant portion of the alternative costume enthusiast crowd. Last year’s Marylin Monroe “Lost Dresses” show brought in a slew of donations to the Alzheimer’s society as fans and collectors gathered.
The costume from the 1992 Tim Burton Batman sequel represents the early days of an evolving on-screen franchise that continues today. With the release of 5 major blockbusters, and another on the way, the “Dark Knight” seems to keep his popularity alive amongst movie goers. Lucky collectors will have a chance to see the costume as it was used in its original form.
Stop by the Profiles in History website to find out more about the auctions and many of their most remarkable auctions to date.