The 84-year Journey of Dorothy's DressWhen The Wizard of Oz was filmed in 1938, Judy Garland wore several blue-and-white gingham dresses in her role as Dorothy Gale. Four of them are know to exist. One particular dress that she wore during the scene in which Dorothy confronts the Wicked Witch of the West went missing for fifty years! The dress, along with the white blouse that goes with it, was on the verge of being thrown out during a clean out at Catholic University of America when it was rescued, but then sat for several more months before anyone checked it out. The university sent the dress to Bonhams to go up for auction. There, director of popular culture Helen Hall went to work to authenticate the dress. She studied the dress inch by inch and watched the movie frame by frame, and concluded that it was authentic. But as soon as the dress was announced to be included in the May 24th auction, a lawsuit popped up to stop it. This dress is now in limbo until the case is settled, but it might fetch between $800,000 and $1.2 million. Read the story of the dress and its pending sale at Atlas Obscura.#TheWizardofOz #moviememorabilia #dress #costume #auction #Dorothy
First-Print VHS Tape of "The Terminator" Sold at Auction for $32,500Above is an image of a first-print VHS tape of the 1984 movie The Terminator, a classic that kickstarted director James Cameron's career.Within three days of being put up at the online auction ComicConnect, the tape was successfuly auctioned off on February 3rd for $32,500. It had impressively survived nearly 40 years with almost no damage. ComicConnect gave the tape a perfect score for box edges (10), near perfect scores for box surface, seal surface, seal tightness (9.5) and box corners (9), and a good score for corners and edges (7).Check out the back of the tape below.
Iconic Man Ray's Photograph Le Violon d'Ingres Could Become the Most Expensive Photo Ever SoldA new record is expected to be broken when this photograph goes to auction this May. Man Ray’s Le Violon d’Ingres (1924), which depicted a nude woman’s back overlaid with a violin’s f-holes, is expected to nab anywhere in the range of $5-7 million. If it hits that number, the picture will become the most expensive photograph ever sold at auction.Current record holder for a photograph is held by Andreas Gursky’s Rhein II (1999) which sold for $4.3 million at Christie’s in 2011.Le Violon d’Ingres will be auctioned off of the private collection of Rosalind Gersten Jacobs and Melvin Jacobs. In 1962, the couple bought the photograph directly from Man Ray. The couple’s daughter, Peggy Jacobs Bader is overseeing the sale, which will be offered in a live single-owner sale dedicated to the Jacobs’ Surrealist art collection at Christie’s in New York.Image: Le Violon d'Ingres/Man Ray via WikiArt​#ManRay #photograph #violin #LeViolondIngres #auction
A Single Page Artwork From 1984 Spider-Man Comic Book Sold for $3.36 MillionA single comic page out of a 1984 Spider-Man comic book has just shattered bidding records at $3.36M. The page depicted the first appearance of Spidey’s black suit. The symbiote suit would eventually lead to the entrance of mega popular villain Venom.Taken from Marvel Comics’ “Secret Wars No. 8”, the bidding of the infamous page started at $300,000 before swinging past the three million dollar mark. The auction occurred on the first day of Heritage Auctions’ four-day comic event in Dallas.This achievement broke the previous single-page auction record set by an artwork from the 1974 issue of “The Incredible Hulk” comic which first teased the arrival of Wolverine. At the time, it was sold for $657,250.#SpiderMan #auction #comic #Venom #HeritageAuction #Marvel