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LOST: The Auction Dates Announced for August 21-22, 2010 in Los Angeles

The Electric Playground's Miri uncovers everything about the props, set pieces, and costumes auction for the hit TV series Lost. Courtesy of The Electric Playground www.elecplay.com  To view the original video, please visit http://www.elecplay.com/watch/20/124/2/185#

Highlights from the Upcoming Auction

An update with Profiles in History CEO Joe Maddalena on this Summer's "LOST" auction event. An official sale by ABC and Disney, this auction will include all of the original assets from the television production - props, costumes, vehicles, production art, set pieces, and more. This interview includes the latest information about the sale. The original video can be seen at www.originalpropblog.com. Compliments of Jason Debord.

For more information about LOST: The Auction, please visit www.profilesinhistory.com or call 310-859-7701.

Bruce Lee Collection up for Auction

Green Hornet special poster of Bruce Lee for theatrical release of TV episodes
Lot 691

(ABC-TV, 1966-1967)    The recent death, and rapidly growing cult mania surrounding martial arts master Bruce Lee inspired reissues of his earlier work, and this one is for a repackaging of several  1966 Green Hornet TV episodes into a feature-length product, and exploits the kind of name and image his great Hong Kong films made for him. This example is a special size, 17 x 22 in., unfolded, with a few slight handling defects, but overall fine.  Acquired from Linda Lee.  For estimate and bidding information, click here.


Bruce Lee signature Kato cap from The Green Hornet
Lot 694 

(ABC-TV, 1966-1967)  Original black chauffeur cap worn by Bruce Lee in his iconic role as “Kato”, trusty sidekick to Van Williams who played the Green Hornet.  Manufactured by Sportster Caps of black wool with orange silk lining, patent leather brim and black leather band.  It exhibits small moth holes on the top; otherwise remains in remarkable condition.  One of the most iconic and endearing wardrobe items from Lee’s short career.  From the Bruce Lee Collection sale, 1993.  For estimate and bidding information, click here.


Superb Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute “gold stripe” student membership card signed by Bruce Lee as President
Lot 683

Rare original 3 ½ in. x 2 ½ in. Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute “gold stripe” student membership card signed Bruce Lee as President. Not dated or filled out. Bruce Lee’s Chinese name was Lee Jun Fan. His first Gung Fu school was in Seattle. This signed card was sent by Lee to Taky Kimura who was 36 when he had first met 18-year-old Bruce Lee in Seattle in 1959. Kimura eventually became head instructor of Seattle’s Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute. After he moved to California in 1964, Lee would sign the cards and send them to Kimura to fill out and distribute to members. Kimura was best man at Linda and Bruce Lee’s wedding in 1964 and one of the pall bearers at Bruce Lee’s funeral nine years later. Fine condition.  Comes with a COA from Taky Kimura.  For estimate and bidding information, click here.


Prop Hornet dart used by Bruce Lee in the The Green Hornet
Lot 689

(ABC-TV, 1966-1967)  Carved and painted wood with flexible plastic wings and faux-ruby eyes, 2 ½ x 4 ¾ in. dart used as his character Kato’s primary weapon (apart from his hands and feet, of course). Very Fine.  From the Bruce Lee Collection sale, 1993.  For estimate and bidding information, click here.


Bruce Lee copiously illustrated martial arts book owned by him and given to his longtime friend and student, Taky Kimura
Lot 679

Martial Arts book, printed in Hong Kong, 62 pages, 5 in. x 7 ¼ in.  In Chinese. Softcover. On the front free endpaper, Bruce Lee has drawn fingers of his hand touching an object, his hand breaking a wooden log, and his fist hitting a piece of wood. He has written six Chinese characters at the left. On the title page printed in red, Lee shaded some of the letters. The martial artist depicted in the photographs is clean shaven; Bruce Lee has added a goatee, mustache, and hair on each side of his face beneath the ears on some of the photographs. Some of Lee’s penned captions: “finger thrust to sand.” “claw,” “claw (throw bag to left and grasp with left),” “Throw bag to right and catch with right,” “finger thrust,” “back of palm,” “fist,” “shoulder,” “elbow,” “head.” Lee has drawn arrows on a few photos. Over 50 words penned by Bruce Lee on 34 photographs! Taky Kimura first met Bruce Lee in Seattle in 1960. He eventually became head instructor of the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute. Kimura was best man at Linda and Bruce Lee’s wedding in 1964 and one of the pallbearers at Bruce Lee’s funeral nine years later. Overall, fine condition.   For estimate and bidding information, click here.

To see more Bruce Lee memorabilia and other Hollywood collectibles available for auction 
June 10-12, 2010, please visit www.profilesinhistory.com.

Wizard of Oz Props, Costumes, Signed Photos and More up for Auction

Judy Garland rehearsal shoe from The Wizard of Oz
Lot 802

(MGM, 1939)  Judy Garland’s right rehearsal shoe, worn in her iconic role as “Dorothy” in The Wizard of Oz.  Garland wore these simple red heels during rehearsals so as to not damage the ruby slippers festooned with bugle beads.  The red taffeta shoe is size 5 ½ and lined with a cream-colored kid leather.  Made by the Innes Shoe Co. of Pasadena and Hollywood, it has a black felt pad on the sole to minimize noise of footsteps on the set.  The shoe has the internal serial number AG 752503 U20 and is handwritten in black ink #2 Judy Garland.  Includes a packet of original crimson/burgundy bugle beads from the production.  Originally acquired from renowned Hollywood collector Kent Warner. 

"This shoe is authentic to MGM Production 1060--The Wizard of Oz.  It was purchased for the production from the Innes Shoe Company of Hollywood & Pasadena and bears the distinctive company label embossed in silver on the instep of the kid leather lining.  The specific shoe type and size was, before beading, the basic foundation of what would become Judy Garland's Ruby Slippers. Multiple pairs were beaded for the production but some would have been held in reserve, in case another pair were needed. I would describe this shoe as a naked ruby slipper." -- Rhys Thomas, author, The Ruby Slippers of Oz. 

For estimate and bidding information, click here.


Bert Lahr Rare Photograph Signed in Character as “The Cowardly Lion” from The Wizard of Oz
Lot 179
Rare Photograph Signed in Character as “The Cowardly Lion” from The Wizard of Oz. An official 8 in. x 10 in. black & white M-G-M publicity photograph of Lahr in costume as “The Cowardly Lion” Inscribed in black ink at the upper left, “To Marie – With Sincere wishes Bert Lahr”. Less than a handful of genuine Bert Lahr signed photographs as “The Cowardly Lion” are known to exist. In fine condition.  For estimate and bidding information, click here.


Margaret Hamilton screen-worn Wicked Witch of the West hat from The Wizard of Oz
Lot 805
Courtesy of Jason DeBord and originalpropblog.com.

(M-G-M, 1939)  This Adrian-designed screen worn hat is constructed of black wool bunting fabric and has a wide brim supported by an interior steel hoop.  Measures 20 in diameter with a 13 ½ in. tall cone-shape head piece that is situated with a rear bias making a 6 ½ in wide brim in the front and extending 5 ¼ in. in the rear.  The original black silk scarf is tied around the base of the head piece extending a full 35 in. behind the knot, adding to the evil look of the piece.  An incredible, instantly-recognizable garment from The Wizard of Oz, a film which has literally become a national institution—a masterpiece of set design, costuming, choreography, music, storytelling and sheer imagination.  This hat was originally acquired at the legendary 1970 David Weisz M-G-M auction and comes with copy of the original bill of sale and was later resold December 16, 1988 at Sotheby’s, N.Y.  In March of 2008, a Hamilton Wicked Witch hat used only for the melting sequence sold at auction for $208,000.  This hat was used in all the key sequences in the film.  From 2002 through 2007 this hat was on display at the American Film Institute Showcase Exhibition, “Villains: Movie Characters You Love to Hate” at Disney-MGM Studios, Walt Disney World, Florida.  The importance of this cinematic icon cannot be overstated.  For estimate and bidding information, click here.


Emerald City Prime Minister jeweled gloves from The Wizard of Oz
Lot 803

(MGM, 1939)    Adrian-designed cotton gloves with bright green felt attached gauntlets which feature an ornate design of faux emeralds and diamonds along the outside edge.  Measure a full 23 in. long.  The intricate beadwork is truly impressive and reflects the incredible attention to detail for which MGM was renown.  The lavish crowd scene, in which Dorothy and her friends triumphantly return from having destroyed the Wicked Witch, was not seen in the final cut of the film.  Featured in the book The Wizardry of Oz:  The Artistry and Magic of the 1939 M-G-M Classic by Jay Scarfone and William Stillman. For estimate and bidding information, click here.


Meinhardt Raabe Munchkin Coroner screen-worn hat from The Wizard of Oz
Lot 804

(MGM, 1939)  This Adrian-designed screen worn hat is constructed of purple felt featuring a green headband.  The square brim has distinctive rolled edges; a blue ribbon, which was worn behind the ears, hangs down from the hat.  Brim is 15 in. long and the headpiece stands 4 in. tall with a 7 in. diameter (slightly oval).  Worn by Meinhardt Raabe as the Munchkin Coroner who pronounced the Wicked Witch of the East really most sincerely dead after Dorothy’s house fell on her.  This hat was privately bought before the 1970 M-G-M sale and it comes with a DVD of Mr. Raabe attesting to its authenticity.  For estimate and bidding information, click here.


Winkie Spear head from The Wizard of Oz
Lot 796 

(MGM, 1939)  Cast metal spear head which was wielded by The Winkies, the ominous guards of the Wicked Witch’s castle.  Reminiscent of Adrian’s costume designs for the production, it is quite likely that the prop department created the spear head based on Adrian’s design.  Measures 30 in. tall and housed in a handsome custom-built Lucite display case with black Plexi base, also comes with replica staff.  An impressive artifact from this beloved MGM classic. For estimate and bidding information, click here.

To see all of the exciting items to be auctioned, pleased visit www.profilesinhistory.com.