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Oscar-Winning Makeup Artist Rick Baker's On-Screen Props Sell for $1M in Auction

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The May 29 auction featured more than 400 works of cinematic art.

Veteran makeup artist and special effects guru Rick Baker recently retired, and props from his decades-long career scored over $1 million in auction.

The May 29 auction featured more than 400 works of cinematic art from more than 50 film, television and video projects that Baker designed in his 40-plus year career.

Props from Men in Black, Mighty Joe Young, Harry and the Hendersons, Michael Jackson: Moonwalker, Planet of the Apes, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and numerous other films fetched a grand total of $1,069,085 (more than half sold in pre-sale).

Men In Black's Mikey (John Alexander) costume display sold for $39,975, and Mighty Joe Young's full-size Big Joe head skin, chest, arms and hands, which expected to bring in $3,000-$4,000, sold for $33,000. Harry and the Hendersons' Harry (Kevin Peter Hall) insert head with controls sold for $17,222, and Michael Jackson's body lifecast and molds from Michael Jackson: Moonwalker sold for $11,000.

Mighty Joe Young

Harry and the Hendersons

"I said, 'The time is right.' I am 64 years old, and the business is crazy right now. I like to do things right, and they wanted cheap and fast," Baker said in an interview with KPCC about retiring. "That is not what I want to do, so I just decided it is basically time to get out."

The 64-year-old, whose career spans over four decades, has won seven Oscars (he's been nominated for 12) for his makeup skills, scoring the golden statue for An American Werewolf in London, Harry and the Hendersons, Ed Wood, The Nutty Professor, Men in Black, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Wolfman.

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