A complete set of seven school uniforms as worn by the Von Trapp Family in the musical "The Sound of Music" (1965). On the weekend of July 27-28, 2013, the auction house Profiles in History is putting a wealth of Hollywood memorabilia up for bidding.
The school uniform ensemble is part of an entire set of costumes from the Oscar-winning musical being auctioned off, which had an asking price of $800,000-$1,200,000. It sold on Sunday for $1,300,000.
By CBSNews.com senior producer David Morgan
Julie Andrews' signature dress from "The Sound of Music," worn as she sings "Do-Re-Mi."
Shelia O'Brien's costume sketch for Joan Crawford for the 1952 RKO film, "Sudden Fear." ($800-$1,200)
Winning bid: $3,250.
This two-piece costume worn by Carrie-Anne Moss in "The Matrix Revolutions" (2003) consists of a PVC-coated, stretch spandex, ski bib-style jumper with front zipper closure, worn under a floor-length skirted, PVC-coated spandex paneled/fitted trench coat with front zipper closure. It's expected to fetch $12,000-$15,000.
Winning bid: $65,000.
The signature costume and wig worn by Bob Keeshan as "Captain Kangaroo" on the long-running children's TV show. (Keeshan original wore a blue suit when the show debuted in 1955, but switched to red in 1971.) An artificial carnation is pinned to the breast pocket. Expected bid: $30,000-$50,000.
Auction result: Passed.
The original blue cotton dress with polka dot trim worn by Judy Garland during the first two weeks of shooting "The Wizard of Oz" (1939). After the original director was fired and Buddy Ebsen was replaced as the Tin Man, shooting resumed with Garland's familiar outfit. Expected bid: $80,000-$120,000.
Winning bid: $300,000.
The brown herringbone tweed jacket, with suede elbow patches, custom-made for Steve McQueen for the film "Bullitt" (1968). It was worn during the film's thrilling car chase scene - one of the greatest ever filmed - and is expected to fetch one of the greatest bids for a men's jacket: $600,000-$800,000. But would wearing it make you as cool as McQueen?
Selling price: $600,000.
Original costumes from the late 1970s sci-fi series "Battlestar Galactica." Left: Lorne Greene's complete Commander Adama outfit, featuring custom-made Navy blue quilted tunic with silver ribbon and gold and black checkered applique piping details, with "Seal of Kobal" rank pins with front velcro closure, matching pants, matching knee-length overcoat with gold and silver detail, floor-length cape with matching detail and silver satin lining, handmade tall black boots and leather belt ($25,000-$30,000). Right: Richard Hatch's Apollo uniform ($15,000-$20,000).
Final bids: $25,00 for Adama, $14,500 for Apollo.
One of a set of three photographs of Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe, taken by photographer Milton Greene for a 1955 Actor's Studio benefit screening of "The Rose Tattoo" ($1,000-$2,000).
Final selling price: $1,600.
Greene's estate is selling, with copyright, about 75,000 images (mostly Kodak Ektachrome slides) from the photographer's archive, featuring such luminaries as Sophia Loren, Barbra Streisand, and Faye Dunaway. The sale includes more than 3,700 shots of Monroe, many of which have never been seen publicly.
A set of 44 black-and-white and color negatives and transparencies - some on nitrate film - which includes portraits of such stars as Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and Ronald Reagan, is being sold for $800-$1,200.
Final selling price: $2,000.
A collection of 74 vintage contact prints of Marilyn Monroe by photographer Richard Avedon, taken in New York City on May 6, 1957 for Life magazine. Asking price: $2,000-$3,000.
Final selling price: $14,000.
A color transparency of actress Sharon Tate, taken by Virgil Apger, for the 1967 film "Don't Make Waves" ($200-$300).
Sold for: $1,200.
An oversized (15 x 19.5-inch) portrait of Carole Lombard by photographer George Hurrell. Written on the margin: "To Hedda . . . Love Carole" ($300-$500).
Final price: $1,300.
From the estate of photographer Milton Greene, a collection camera negatives and transparencies of Faye Dunaway from Bonnie and Clyde" (1967), shot for Life magazine ($2,000-$3,000).
Sold for: $3,250.
Left: An undated photo of Charlie Chaplin with the cane from his "Little Tramp" character. The cane used by Chaplin in the film "Modern Times" is expected to snatch $120,000-$150,000.
Final selling price: $350,000.
An incredibly rare underwater dive helmet worn by crewmen of the Nautilus, the underwater vessel of Captain Nemo, in the 1954 Walt Disney adventure, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" ($20,000-$30,000).
Last call: $75,000.
How can you put a price on the Ten Commandments? When they're the props carried by Charlton Heston in the Cecil B. De Mille classic, you can - to the tune of $20,000-$30,000.
The tablets measure 23.5 x 12 x 1.25 in. and are made of fiberglass over wood. The engraving is an early Canaanite script dating from the late Bronze Age. Paramount Studios' scenic artist A.J. Ciraolo made the tablets slightly irregular, then hand-applied paint to match the red granite of Mount Sinai.
Final price: $25,000.
This 4.5 mm Walther air pistol was used by Sean Connery in ads for the James Bond film, "From Russia With Love," and made its appearance because of a mistake.
When Connery showed up for the photo shoot, no one had remembered to bring Bond's Walther semi-automatic pistol. The photographer David Hurn - a target shooter himself - supplied the air pistol (which featured a 24-cm barrel), and the studio was kept in the dark. So effective was the image that the gun was re-used in ads for Connery's next three pictures as 007 ($200,000-$300,000).
Final price: $250,000.
The treasured bicycle of Pee-Wee Herman, the object of a manic search by his distraught owner in "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" (1985), can be yours for $15,000-$20,000. Just be sure not to store it in the basement of The Alamo.
Fitch Fulton's matte painting of Tara, from "Gone With the Wind" (36 x 31.5 inches), used under the film's opening credits ($60,000-$80,000).
Final selling price: $225,000.
Many examples of artwork used in movie advertising are up for auction, including this for the 1974 Charles Bronson actioner, "Mr. Majestyk." Acrylic on 27.5 x 30-in. illustration board ($400-$600).
Selling price: $2,000.
In 1960 special effects master Willis O'Brien created this concept artwork (in pencil, pen and ink and gouache) for a proposed sequel to "King Kong," to be titled "King Kong vs. Frankenstein." According to Profiles in History, the story idea was stolen and sold to the Japanese film studio Toho, which in 1962 produced "King Kong vs. Godzilla" instead ($6,000-$8,000).
Auction result: Passed.
Another piece of concept art by Willis O'Brien, for an unproduced horror film titled "The Bubbles" ($2,000-$3,000).
Winning bid: $2,000.
Not all the rare movie posters going up for auction are for movies actually worth seeing. A case can be debated for Ed Wood's 1959, uhm, classic, "Plan 9 From Outer Space" ($1,000-$1,500).
Sold for: $1,100.
Vanity license plates? For the Ewing family? Surely you jest. Props of stamped metal with embossed writing and reflective paint, from the TV series "Dallas" ($2,000-$3,000).
Sold for: $2,000.
A signed poster (in both English and Japanese) by legendary director Akira Kurosawa ($800-$1,000).
Sold for: $1,600.
Left: The latex creature mask and hands were actually worn by FX master Phil Tippett during shooting of the Cantina scene from the original "Star Wars" ($80,000-$120,000). Right: The trash compactor puppet from "Star Wars," consisting of a plexiglass-sphere painted and built up with urethane foam over an aluminum tube. "Exhibits some deterioration in the latex consistent with its age," says the auction house. Hey, it was living in the trash! ($80,000-$120,000).
Results for each: Passed.
A life-size polyfoam "Sentinel" model, used as the basis of CGI renditions for the cyber-threats of "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003), measures 26 x 58 x 45 in., with (18) crab-like appendages, many articulated, ranging from five to nine feet ($30,000-$50,000).
Sold for: $110,000.
An aircraft fit for James Bond: This original N70CF Acrostar BD-5J micro jet, used in the flying scenes from the opening sequence of "Octopussy" (1983) has a 17-ft. wingspan and a streamlined fuselage containing the semi-reclined pilot. It holds the world record for lightest jet aircraft, weighing only 358.8 lbs., and could reach speeds of 300 mph.
After appearing in "Octupussy," the Acrostar appeared in commercials, TV specials and air shows. Buyers take note: The engine has been removed for exhibition purposes, so the aircraft's current air-worthiness is, the auction house says, "untested" ($200,000-$300,000).
A full size (35.5 inches tall) screen-used robot, named V.I.N.CENT, from Disney's 1979 science fiction film, "The Black Hole." The fully functional prop comes with incandescent color lights; a green sequential "wave light" on its "chest" and head movements are operated via toggle switches on a provided control panel. Power comes from a 6-volt motorcycle battery ($40,000-$60,000).
Winning bid: $40,000.
Photographer John Florea was a Los Angeles fixture, working for Life Magazine in the 1940s and later becoming a war correspondent, capturing battles in the Pacific theater as well as the liberation of the Belsen death camp in Germany. "I busted a lot of lenses!" he once recalled. In the 1950s he served as a ship photographer for the Matson Cruise Lines, back when cruising to the South Seas was the province of the rich and famous.
After bit acting parts, Florea became an Emmy-winning producer, director and writer, directing hundreds of TV shows and seven features.
Profiles in History is selling collections of Florea's archive, from his WWII photographs (final selling price, $25,000), to a collection of photos, negatives and film footage of Hawaii, Fiji, Samoa and other South Seas locations (left, final selling price $2,000).
Chess pieces carved from alabaster and soapstone - created by a Mansfield, Ohio stone mason - for the 1994 film, "The Shawshank Redemption" ($3,000-$5,000).
Winning bid: $17,000.
On July 31, 2013, Profiles in History holds its Summer 2013 Animation Auction, selling rare drawings, cels, background paintings, and memorabilia tied to classics theatrical and TV cartoons from Disney, Warner Brothers, Hanna Barbera and other production houses.
Left: An original production cel of Jiminy Cricket and Pinocchio from Walt Disney's "Pinocchio" (1940), with airbrushed background ($4,000-$6,000).