Rare Props from “Superman: The Movie” to Sell at Auction

A collection of rare props used in the 1978 film “Superman: The Movie” are set to sell at auction next month via Heritage Auctions.

Superman: The Movie Starship Miniature

Items included in the auction include a the Crystalline Kryptonian Starship Miniature used during the escape from Krypton sequence. Expected to sell for over US$20,000, the vintage original miniature prop spaceship is constructed of radiating acrylic spikes emanating from a central hub. Retaining 12-larger “crystals” (some retaining metal rod reinforcement) etched with reflective tape inserts, with numerous smaller acrylic spikes and rods with a mass of “downy” fiberglass at the center. A thin, hollow metal tube extends across the ship. A metal pipe with wooden base has been added for display. Visible escaping the dying planet of Krypton, carrying a baby Kal-El off to Earth. Measures approx. 38″ x 26″ x 22″. Exhibiting age and handling as well as some material loss and sensitive restoration. Obtained from Pinewood Studios. Comes with a COA from Heritage Auctions.

Superman: The Movie Special Effects Miniature

Also included in the auction is a Christopher Reeve “Superman” Articulating Special Effects Miniature. With a US$5,000 starting bid, this vintage original special effects miniature from the original Superman film, measures 62″ x 15″ x 9″ and is expertly painted to resemble Christopher Reeve. With a fiberglass body, movable limbs and head attached through sockets, plus a metal internal framework for electronic functions to animate the cape (cape not included). Miniature wears a blue spandex bodysuit, equipped with Velcro panels on the back for accessing animatronics, and is adorned with the iconic red and yellow “S” emblem on the chest, including red spandex briefs with belt loops, red leather boots with Velcro closures, and yellow vinyl belt with hook and eye fastenings at rear. Used in flight sequences throughout the film where miniatures were opted in favor of rigging performers for Zoran Perisic’s groundbreaking “Zoptic” process of rear projection in conjunction with dual zoom lenses. Exhibits general production age and wear with scuffing to the painted finish, degradation to the armature, and discoloration to the spandex and leather components. Electronics have been untested. Special shipping arrangements will apply. Obtained from Pinewood Studios. Comes with a COA from Heritage Auctions.

These and other items in the Treasures from Planet Hollywood Signature Auction will go under the hammer across March 20-24, 2024 at Heritage Auctions.

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February 18, 2024 6:16 pm

If only I could afford them. Whoever ends up owning these two pieces of Superman history will surely be very luky. It will cost them a pretty though I can imagine.