12:29pm PT by Aaron Couch
Frank Darabont Auctioning Off Rare Hollywood Memorabilia: See His Prized Possessions
Frank Darabont, the filmmaker behind The Shawshank Redemption who helped launch The Walking Dead on AMC, is parting ways with some of his most prized possessions.
The director is putting more than two dozen rare items up for the gavel Saturday as part of Profiles in History's art and movie memorabilia auction — including plenty of items that would make fanboys and fangirls weak in the knees.
"One thing I've always known is this amazing art wouldn't be mine forever. It couldn't be. We don't own these things. We can only be their caretakers for a time, enjoying them as much as possible until inevitably they must pass on to the next caretaker" Darabont said in a statement. "For me, that time has come. I won't lie to you and say that parting with these things is easy. Trust me, it really, really isn't. But the time for everything passes, and so has my position as caretaker. I will be ever grateful for the joy these wonderful pieces of art have brought me. I can only hope that they will bring their next caretakers (and all caretakers after that, ad infinitum) equal or greater joy."
Among his collection are works by Bernie Wrightson, Mike Mignola, Sanjulian, Jack Davis, Will Eisner, Eric Powell, Bob Peak, Rich Corben, and Vaughn Bode, plus a bronze of the Cyclops creature by Ray Harryhausen.
Here are some of the highlights from Darabont's collection.
Mike Mignola Helboy original art (Courtesy: Profiles in History)
Vintage 1941 original, rare Italian Quattro Fogli movie poster for Frankenstein (Courtesy: Profiles in History)
Charles Demar original poster art for The Green Mile (Courtesy: Profiles in History)
See more on the Darabont collection here.
In addition to Darabont's collection, a second session features items from a collection of vintage comic and illustration artwork featuring what the auction house says are the most expensive oil paintings by Frank Frazetta ever to hit the block. Among the key pieces are Sea Witch (estimated to sell for more than $1,000,000) and Bran Mak Morn (estimated to go for around $450,000 - $550,000).
Frank Frazetta's "Sea Witch" (Courtesy Profile in History)
Frank Frazetta's "Bran Mak Morn" (Courtesy: Profiles in History)
For more on the collection, get the details here.