Today I write about Profiles in History as an outsider. It is a weird feeling. I had a conversation this morning with someone and had to refrain myself from using the pronoun, “we.” After 14 years, you can’t simply turn off what has been part of your identity for so long.
Anyway, Profiles had a little event called the Hollywood Auction #49 the last two days, which came after the Dreier Collection and Animation auctions over the weekend. While Day 1 of Hollywood 49 brought in a respectable $1.2M hammer, Day 2 knocked it out of the park with an astounding $4.5M hammer.
At times, it was surreal to see prices escalate at a furious pace for items that were not expected to perform that well. It is still somewhat of a blur to me, given the emotions that were swirling inside all day. But I can’t help being in awe looking at these numbers now.
Consider for the whole auction:
Total hammer price – $5,729,695
Total number of lots – 1022
Number of lots sold – 719
Unsold lots – 303
Sell rate – 70.35%
Average price per lot sold – $7,968.98
The entire four day of auctions brought $9.5M hammer ($11.4M with buyer’s premium) and over 1,600 lots sold. This is staggering. Once again, Profiles has further cemented itself as a place for high-end collectibles. The implications for other things are debatable, but the prices speak for themselves.
Here are the highest selling lots from Hollywood 49:
Lot 663 LE MANS S. MCQUEEN “MICHAEL DELANEY” HEUER WATCH – $650,000
Lot 719 ALIENS SCREEN-USED DROP-SHIP MINI W/ WEAPONS PODS – $225,000
Lot 931 EMPIRE STRIKES BACK PROD MADE SNOW TROOPER HELMET – $225,000
Lot 927 EMPIRE STRIKES BACK MINI OF SKYWALKER’S X-WING FIGHTER – $180,000
Lot 332 TWENTIETH CENTURY-FOX MAIN TITLE CAMERA LOGO ART – $130,000
Lot 756 HERO SCREEN-USED PROTON PACK FROM GHOSTBUSTERS – $130,000
Lot 556 GONE WITH THE WIND SIGNED BY CAST MEMBERS – $110,000
Lot 888 PROFESSOR XAVIER” WHEELCHAIR USED IN X-MEN FILMS – $110,000
Lot 723 ALIEN 3 REFERENCE MODEL – $100,000
Lot 870 BIG LEBOWSKI “THE DUDE” 3-PIECE ENSEMBLE WORN – $95,000
Lot 928 EMPIRE STRIKES BK “VADER” HELMET & SHOULDER ARMOR – $90,000
Lot 843 STARSHIP TROOPERS HERO WARRIOR BUG – $85,000
Lot 680 DON VITO CORLEONE” OVERCOAT WORN IN GODFATHER – $80,000
Lot 909 STAR TREK SERIES WILLIAM SHATNER “CPT. KIRK” TUNIC – $80,000
Lot 935 RETURN OF THE JEDI SCREEN-WRN STORM-TROOPER HELMET – $80,000
Lot 1020 TERMINATOR 4: SALVATION SCRN-USD T-1 BATTLE DRONE – $80,000
Lot 919 RETURN OF THE JEDI STEPPER MTR-DRVN TURBOLASER TWR – $75,000
Lot 1016 T2: JUDGMENT DAY SCREEN-USED TERMINATOR ENDO ARM – $75,000
For complete results, go here.