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May 05, 2011

‘Aliens,’ ‘Battlestar Galactica’ items among Hollywood memorabilia going up for auction

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1. Hoverboard from “Back to the Future, Part 2” (1989): Though we have the Internet, mp3 players and video chat, for many of us a hoverboard is the benchmark of The Future. This styrofoam bad boy sports stickers and Velcro straps. But if you choose to hold out for the real deal, you won’t have to wait long. According to the movie, hoverboards will be in a store near you by 2015. Pre-sale estimate: $2,000–$3,000.

2. Animatronic tauntaun head from “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” (1980): Ever wonder what happened to the tauntaun carcass after Luke and Han were rescued? Well ... here’s its head, ready to grace your own Echo Base. Pre-sale estimate: $8,000 – $10,000.

3. Alien warrior costume from “Aliens” (1986): We know it’s still early, but this could be the best Halloween costume ever. Trick-or-treating with a pal? A Predator costume is also up for bid. Pre-sale estimate: $80,000 – $120,000.

4. Geordi La Forge VISOR from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987-1994): The Visual Instrument and Sensory Organ Replacement device allowed La Forge to “see” the electromagnetic spectrum. LeVar Burton complained it was uncomfortable. We just want to see radio waves. Pre-sale estimate: $4,000 – $6,000.

5. Blaster from “Forbidden Planet” (1956): The blaster was a standard-issue weapon for all crew aboard United Planets Cruiser C57-D, but we think it would make a nifty flashlight; the barrel illuminates when the trigger is pulled. Pre-sale estimate: $30,000 – $50,000.

6. Viper jumpsuit and helmet from “Battlestar Galactica” (2004-2009): This costume is fit for a nugget yearning to take down toasters from a Mark II. Also up for bid is the colonial uniform from the 1978 series. Pre-sale estimate: $8,000 – $10,000.

7. Wooden stake from Season 5 of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (2000): This 11-inch beauty may lack the swagger of flashier weapons (like Van Helsing’s crossbow, also for sale), but the simple stake has proven itself deadly when wielded by the slayer. Pre-sale estimate: $1,200 – $1,500.

8. Gelatin-silver prints from “Barbarella” (1968): In case you thought Jane Fonda’s 41st-century astronaut wore a tad too much clothing, Italian paparazzi provide an R-rated behind-the-scenes glimpse of the sexy space epic. Pre-sale estimate: $2,000 – $3,000.

9. Everlasting Gobstopper from “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” (1971): This colorful confection will last you a lifetime. Pre-sale estimate: $15,000 – $20,000.

10. Robin’s Batcycle go-cart from “Batman” (1966-1968). Forget the Smart Car. When you’re out fighting crime with the Caped Crusader, you should travel in style. Pre-sale estimate: $25,000 – $35,000.

Four years before Mickey Mouse made his debut in “Steamboat Willie” in 1928, Walt Disney wrote a letter to his old friend Ub Iwerks, urging him to come to California and join his studio. Iwerks agreed, and the pair soon set about developing Mickey’s personality and bringing him to life on paper. Now, that 1924 letter is on the block, with a pre-sale estimate of $60,000 to $80,000, at a memorabilia auction next weekend.

The auction is being held by Profiles in History, run by appraiser Joe Maddalena of “Hollywood Treasure” fame, on May 14-15 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, as well as online. Among the items up for bid are signed, original animation cels from Disney movies, including the classics “Cinderella” and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (around $20,000 each). Also on the block: the fully-operational car from “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” ($1 million to $2 million); an early draft of John Lennon‘s handwritten lyrics for “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” ($200,000 to $300,000); and the first concrete slab footprints from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre ($35,000 to $55,000).

As fascinating as those highfalutin items are, we made our own list of top lots, based purely on awesomeness. Click through the slides above to find out why these pieces of cinematic history made our top 10 list.

– Noelene Clark


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