Christopher Reeve Superman Cape Sold at Auction

An original cape worn by Christopher Reeve in “Superman: The Movie” has been sold at auction at JuliensLive.com.

The Christopher Reeve Superman cape was listed as part of the “Icons and Idols: Hollywood” Auction (#3257) which went live at 10.00am PST this morning (Monday, December 16, 2019). With a starting bid of US$25,000, the cape eventually sold for US$193,750.

Bright red cape with iconic yellow “S” symbol outlined in black, stitched to back. With red cloth ties at neck, padding at top, and four snaps inside. Inside under flap and within inner lining is a handwritten note in blue ink that reads “(was turned up) No 5/6 relined 1/3/78.” Includes a copy of Superman #331, which advertises on a banner above the front cover logo “YOU COULD BE A WINNER IN THE SECOND SUPERMAN MOVIE CONTEST!” Within the comic book is a full-page advertisement for the contest that lists “FIRST PRIZE” as “THE ACTUAL CAPE WORN BY CHRISTOPHER REEVE IN THE FILMING OF SUPERMAN THE MOVIE!”

The contest involved readers answering correctly 25 questions that appeared at the bottom of the letters pages over the course of three months and mailing the answers to DC Comics in New York City. All entries with correct answers to all 25 questions would be drawn at random, and the first entry drawn would receive “the actual cape worn by Christopher Reeve in the Warner Brothers’ motion picture SUPERMAN.” All entries had to be received by DC Comics by January 2, 1979.

Accompanied by nine pages of supporting documents of authenticity, including a letter to the winning recipient of the cape, signed by DC Comics President Sol Harrison and dated February 27, 1978, and a letter from DC Comics’ Steven Korte to Sotheby’s, New York, dated October 21, 1997.

The letter from Harrison and DC Comics Editor/Publisher Jack C. Harris was addressed to the original winner on DC Comics letterhead and dated February 27, 1979.

You can read the full contents of the letter at JuliensLive.com.

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afriend
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afriend

Darn!! And I was frantically working my lemonade stand…
On a slightly more serious note, I was at the Cinerama on Saturday morning, and they’ve got a suit Christopher Reeve wore in Supermans II and III. The mannequin didn’t quite do it justice, but it was very cool. And no matter what they say, the adjacent Adam West Batman costume’s cape and cowl is a reproduction!!

Superman2878
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Superman2878

Whoever won that cape is very lucky.

MattComics
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MattComics

“I swear flyin’! With a big red cape and bright boots as well! Flew up in the air he did like a big blue bird!”

afriend
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afriend

“Like a big blue bird? With bright red boots?! Why don’t you go back down to Murphy’s bar and finish what you’ve started? I’m off in twenty minutes and I’ll meet you there myself…”

Kal-Ed
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Kal-Ed

…first round on me…let me get my hat.

afriend
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afriend

It’s not an exaggeration to say that I’ve seen that movie over 1000 times…

MattComics
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MattComics

I lost count a long time ago.

Superman2878
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Superman2878

It’s a movie that I’ll never get tired of. 🙂

afriend
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afriend

My second favorite film of all time…

sman1938
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sman1938

Have the directors cut, the 3 hr extended version they aired on tv and the 4k version they recently released. Lost count how many times I have viewed it also.

Kal-Ed
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Kal-Ed

Same here. Could be a 1000 views already. I mean talking from a movie watching POV, it is one of those classics that you never get tired of watching. Same goes for the Godfather trilogy. The Indiana Jones films. Lethal weapon series. Rocky. Dollars trilogy. Dirty Harry. Evil Dead. Jaws. Predator.
The list of classics I have at home is limitless.

Kal-Ed
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Kal-Ed

Definitely not. Same here. As well as Superman II

cpm72586
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cpm72586

I actually have a halfway decent replica of Reeve’s cape I bought off ebay a couple years ago. It’s a nice piece to have in the collection.

Superman2878
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Superman2878

Superman the movie is my favorite movie.
😀

Superman2878
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Superman2878

“ Well I certainly hope this little incident hasn’t put you off flying miss. Statistically speaking of course, it’s still the safest way to travel.” 🙂