BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 550 items of original TV and movie memorabilia, worth more than $2 million, will be auctioned by Joseph Maddalena and his internationally-renowned Profiles in History, the number one company in the world for live and simultaneous internet memorabilia auctions, on Friday, March 31, 2006. The six-hour auction, starting at 12 noon PT, will be headlined by Tom Jung's original conceptual presentation artwork used to create the famous "Star Wars" poster featuring Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker (holding up his light saber), and Darth Vader. This piece of motion picture history is expected to be sold for $15,000 - $18,000. Other Jung originals include concept art for the subsequent Star Wars films, including "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi", as well as original paintings of the dust jacket of three Timothy Zahn Star Wars books. A noted motion picture graphic artist and illustrator, Jung contributed many memorable one-sheet poster designs. Profiles in History, is offering some of the most important drawings of his life's work, offered for the very first time at a public auction. The collection includes original concept artwork for "The Sand Pebbles", "Gone With the Wind" (the famous 1966 re-release), "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", "The Deer Hunter", "Apocalypse Now" and "Raging Bull" among others. Also featured at the auction will be the "Batman" costume worn by Academy Award-winning actor George Clooney in the film "Batman & Robin." The complete costume is the only one known to be released by the studio, and is expected to be sold for $80,000 - $100,000. A "Batgirl" suit worn by actress Alicia Silverstone estimated at $40,000 - 60,000 as well as Jim Carrey's "Riddler" suit (est. $20,000 - 30,000) and Tommy Lee Jones' "Two-Face" ensemble (est. $20,000 - 30,000) will also be auctioned. Collectors and fans of the legendary science-fiction magazine "Cinefantastique" (CFQ) will get a rare opportunity to bid on original CFQ artwork from the personal collection and estate of CFQ publisher Fred Clarke. From titles such as "Star Trek", "The X-Files", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Dark Shadows" and "X-Men", among many others, Clarke was a huge fan of the films he covered in his magazine and he amassed an impressive collection of original cover artwork created for CFQ. "The 'Star Wars' art for the Style-A (1977) poster is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a collector to acquire a true icon of cinematic history," says Profile in History's Joseph Maddalena. Collectors from around the world may bid in person either at Profiles in History's gallery located at 110 N. Doheny Drive in Beverly Hills, California; live on the Internet at www.ebayliveauctions.com; or by phone or fax. All items to be auctioned are available for review in a full-color catalogue obtainable through Profiles in History, or by visiting the company's website at www.profilesinhistory.com. Additional items to be auctioned March 31 include: * Rare Charlie Chaplin one-sheet poster from The Circus. $20,000 - $30,000 * John Wayne signature western costume from The Searchers. $12,000 -$15,000 * Screen-used special effects miniature of the Alien Queen from Aliens. $25,000 - $30,000 * Diane Keaton's dress worn in The Godfather. $2,000 - $3,000 * Bill Travilla original costume design of Marilyn Monroe in River of No Return. $6,000 - $8,000 * Headset used by Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in Star Wars: A New Hope (the original 1977 film). $5,000 - $7,000 * Emmett Kelly's trade-mark hobo clown costume worn in The Greatest Show on Earth and throughout his career. $15,000 - 20,000 * Holy Grail Cup used in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. $20,000 - $25,000 * Magic wand used in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. $1,500 - 2,000 * Emerald City Townsman's jacket from The Wizard of Oz. $8,000 - $10,000. * Klingon Battle Cruiser filming model used in Star Trek: The Original Series. $65,000 - $85,000 * Adam West's original "Batman" costume from the classic 1960's TV series Batman. $12,000 - $15,000 * "Uncle Fester's" Iron Maiden used in the classic 1960s's TV series The Addams Family. $10,000 - $12,000 NOTE TO MEDIA: Joseph Maddalena, the world's authority on celebrity memorabilia, is available for interviews on the subject. He is willing to give previews and bring some of the above-mentioned auction items to TV shows for discussions. PRESS CONTACT: Carolyn Prousky/CPPR (323) 656-8047 Carolyn@prouskypr.com About Profiles In History Profiles In History is the nation's leading dealer of original historical letters and manuscripts. Collectors and history buffs alike will be captivated by Profiles in History's outstanding array of historical letters in every field: American Presidents and statesmen; Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers; scientists and inventors; celebrated authors, artists and composers; aviators and explorers; sports heroes and Hollywood legends; as well as many others who have left an indelible mark on history. In 1995, Profiles In History expanded into the world of entertainment memorabilia auctions. Now, over 23 auctions later, it is considered one of the pre-emanate Hollywood auction houses with an incredible array of memorabilia including props, costumes, artist's sketches, poster and autographs from film, television and rock n' roll. Setting numerous world record prices for Hollywood collectibles, Profiles In History draws the most prominent collectibles, some consigned directly from Hollywood producers, prop makers, costume designers and actors.
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