Superman’s very first cape and Bilbo Baggins’ pipe are each forecast to raise $100,000-$200,000 at a blockbuster auction of rare Hollywood memorabilia next week.
The props from Christopher Reeve’s “Superman” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy will headline Monday’s sale of some 400 cinephile items at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles.
Spokesman Jason DeBord said it was “very rare to have something that is identifiable” surviving from the first Superman film in 1978.
“It is such a beloved film — Christopher Reeve was amazing. There has never been a Superman like him,” he said. “It can go for just a couple hundred thousand dollars; it can go for half a million dollars.”
The pipe was used by Ian Holm in “The Fellowship of the Ring,” and according to the auction house is the only example from the film known to be in collectors’ hands.
Bilbo used the pipe to blow smoke rings from “the finest weed in the Southfarthing” — before the hobbit’s efforts are upstaged by Gandalf’s elaborate, galleon-shaped smoke exhalations.
They will go under the hammer alongside the “most important collection” of Star Trek memorabilia ever auctioned, according to organizers, including a jacket worn by William Shatner’s Captain Kirk in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” estimated at $80,000-$100,000.
Also for sale by the Beverly Hills auctioneer will be items from classics such as “The Maltese Falcon” and “Gone with the Wind” through to 1990s hits “Jurassic Park” and “Forrest Gump.”
Elizabeth Warren wins coveted Iowa caucuses endorsement from the Des Moines Register newspaper
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) received a coveted endorsement on Saturday evening when her 2020 bid was endorsed by the Des Moines Register newspaper.
"Who would make the best president at this point in the country’s history? At a time when the economic deck has become so stacked against working Americans that the gap between rich and poor is the highest in more than 50 years? At a time when a generation of war has stressed military families and sapped the treasury?" the newspaper asked. "The Des Moines Register editorial board endorses Elizabeth Warren in the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses as the best leader for these times."
Lev Parnas’s attorney hilariously trolls Mitch McConnell in bid for witnesses during impeachment trial
The attorney for Lev Parnas trolled Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Saturday in a bid for a "fair" impeachment trial.
Attorney Joseph Bondy posted to Twitter a video mashing together the audio of Trump meeting with Parnas and Igor Fruman along with the music from Rick Astley's 1987 song "Never Gonna Give You Up."
Posting the song as an online prank, known as rickrolling, dates back to at least 2007.
Included with the video was a message to McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Bondy urged the two to "vote with integrity and conscience."
President Xi Jinping warns China’s coronavirus situation is ‘grave’ due to ‘accelerating spread’ of the virus
President Xi Jinping warned Saturday that China faced a "grave situation" as authorities raced to contain a virus that has killed 41 people and caused a drastic scale-back of Lunar New Year celebrations.
The world's most populous country, which is scrambling to contain the disease that has infected nearly 1,300 people and overwhelmed health facilities, is building a second field hospital and closing more travel routes.
After more countries reported cases, Xi said at a Communist Party leadership meeting on the disease that China was "faced with the grave situation of an accelerating spread of the new coronavirus" but that the country will "definitely be able to win the battle," according to state media.