December 17, 2012 5:11pm PT by Andy Lewis
'Lord of the Rings' Bow, 'Titanic' Dress, 'Star Wars' Model Net Six-Figure Prices at Auction
Profiles in History’s Drama, Action, Romance: The Hollywood Auction saw some contemporary memorabilia fetch eye-popping prices during the weekend.
The top seller during the Dec. 15 and 16 auction was the bow used by Legolas (Orlando Bloom) in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which sold for $372,000 (prices include the auctioneer's premium -- the hammer price was $310,000).
The presale high estimate was $120,000.
Bloom used the brown-painted composite plastic bow made in Weta’s New Zealand workshop in all three films.
After filming, toy company Hasbro gave it away as one of the grand prizes in a sweepstakes contest.
Also fetching a high price was Kate Winslet’s dress from the famous scene early in Titanic where her character Rose DeWitt almost jumps overboard. This is the moment she meets Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays her love interest, Jack Dawson.
The dress went for $330,000 (hammer price: $275,000), just above its $200,000-$300,000 presale estimate.
Designed by Deborah L. Scott, the red chiffon dress decorated with glass beads took more than 1,000 hours to sew.
It originally was sold by clothier J. Peterman in 1998, the year after the hit movie’s original release, as part of promotional sale of costumes and props from the movie.
Profiles in History describes it as the only screen-used “jump dress” in private hands.
A screen-used X-Wing model from the first Star Wars movie in 1977 sold for $270,000 (hammer price: $225,000), more than twice its high estimate of $120,000.
The 22 x 18-inch model made of polystyrene, resin and brass is the only painted and finished X-Wing Profiles has ever seen offered at auction. The auctioneers say many of the models were blown up and rebuilt or shot in their unpainted gray state.
This particular X-Wing model was owned by an Academy Award-winning effects supervisor who received it from a member of the original Star Wars effects crew.
Just crossing the six-figure mark was a blue jersey worn by Mr. Spock in Star Trek’s second season.
The blue velour tunic with gold trim sold for $114,000. The estimate range was $80,000-$120,000.
The item was the prize in a 1968 contest. The jersey came with the original 1968 letters of authenticity from Leonard Nimoy who played Spock, and the show’s costume designer, Bill Theiss.
It has been in the private collection of the contest winner since 1968.
Gort’s robot head from 1951’s The Day the Earth Stood Still sold for $180,000, above its high estimate of $150,000.
The fiberglass and metal head was worn by an actor for close-up scenes and it measures 14x13x17 inches. Profiles calls it “the most famous robot in film history.”
The head remains in original condition except for the ear pieces and eye visor, which were replaced with accurate reproductions.
Also selling were a full Alien creature costume from the 1986 sequel Aliens for $96,000 and Johnny Depp's costume from Sleepy Hollow, which also sold for $96,000.
Also notable were several high-profile items in the catalog that did not sell.
The most well-known was the Rolex Oyster watch worn by George Lazenby in the 1969 Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which had a presale estimate of $100,000-$150,000.
See the complete results of the auction at Profiles in History here.
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