|Profiles In History and Amazon.com's Livebid Go To Tinseltown For A Walk Down Hollywood's Memory Lane|
June 26 auction to feature vintage and collectible Hollywood memorabilia
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Ca, June 21--/PRN Newswire/ -- Profiles in History, the nation's leading dealer in guaranteed-authentic original historical letters, documents, vintage-signed photographs and manuscripts, has teamed with Amazon.com's Auctions for an auction of unique Hollywood memorabilia available live on the Internet to bidders worldwide.
The auction, scheduled to begin at noon June 26, includes Christopher Reeve's complete "Superman: The Movie" costume, the prop ten commandments tablets from Cecile DeMille's epic film, "The Ten Commandments," and Marilyn Monroe's black cocktail dress from "The Misfits."
Those three items are expected to bring an expected $30,00 to $60,000 per item. With some of the most prestigious pieces of Hollywood memorabilia ever offered for sale, the collection includes more than 400 items such as costumes, props, vintage movie posters, artist's sketches, original signed photographs, autographed documents and letters from film, television and music. Bidders at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood will bid against collectors from around the world in a live real-time Internet auction via Amazon.com's LiveBid technology. "This auction is, without question, our most exciting to date. We are thrilled to make it available to a worldwide audience through Amazon.com Auctions," said Joseph Maddalena, president of Profiles in History.
Interested bidders who want to participate in the auction can easily register by logging on to the LiveBid site through http://amazon.livebid.com/Profiles or visit Hollywood link. On auction day, Internet bidders will compete against the bidders physically attending the event. Deadline for registering is June 25. Spectators can watch the auction starting at noon PDT on June 26. A complete catalogue of auction items is available at Amazon.com Auctions.
"This auction has worldwide appeal because of the large number of recognizable items," said Matt Williams, director of live auctions at Amazon.com Auctions. "Amazon.com's LiveBid technology gives bidders all over the world a chance to own a piece of Hollywood without leaving their home or office."
Among the other highlighted items available for sale is "Thurston Howell's cash-stashing Teddy Bear" from the family of Bob Denver, the former star of "Gilligan's Island." The Denver family will use proceeds from the sale to purchase a star for their father on the Hollywood "Walk of Fame."
Also available on the auction block is the sword used by Mel Gibson in "Braveheart," a book signed by the cast and crew of "Gone With the Wind," Bonanza costumes of "Hoss," "Little Joe," and "Ben Cartwright," and a collection of 23 concept art sketches from "Alice in Wonderland."
Proceeds from nine auction items will go to the Red Cross Kosovo Relief Fund including a "Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace" poster autographed by director George Lucas, and a "Grateful Dead" collectors set of CD's autographed by Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart.
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