Profiles in History

Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is one of the leading dealers in guaranteed-authentic original historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Profiles in History is one of the world’s largest auctioneer of original Hollywood memorabilia, having held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and owning virtually every Guinness Book record prices for original screen-used memorabilia.

Profiles in History has an extensive network of dealers, collectors the institution is proud to play an important role in the preservation of motion picture history. Prior Profiles in History Hollywood auctions highlights include the “Cowardly Lion” costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); a full-scale model T-800 Endoskeleton from Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($488,750); Marilyn Monroe’s “Diamonds” dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ($356,500); Luke Skywalker’s light saber from Star Wars ($240,000); Margaret Hamilton’s “Wicked Witch” hat from The Wizard Of Oz ($230,000); and The Invisible Man 1933 one-sheet movie poster ($230,000). Most recently from the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe “Subway” Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M, the Marilyn Monroe signature red-sequined showgirl gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes for $1.44M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M.

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Hollywood Heads to Auction
This December, a huge range of costumes, props and personal memorabilia from some of Hollywood's best-known blockbusters is hitting the auction block.
“Divine Decadence” and Hollywood History: Liza Minnelli at Auction
Ah, Liza Minnelli: what other name exudes glamour, style and unforgettable music? The American house Profiles in History’s upcoming auction is full of memorabilia, costumes and photographs from one of the 20th century’s most memorable careers.
Hollywood legends at Profiles in History
Would you like to be a movie star… just for a day? On 5, 6, 7 and 8 June Profiles in History holds a historic Hollywood memorabilia sale.
Animation art at Profiles in History
The ultimate animation and Disneyana auction has arrived at Profiles in History. On May 5th, lovers of the Magic Kingdom are bidding to own rare drawings, cels, and props from their favourite classic characters. Why not take a chance at Cinderella cels or original Steamboat Willie drawings? Or, get your own R2-D2 (this is the droid you are looking for).
Marilyn Monroe's corset, Steve McQueen's jacket and Arnie's leather pants
Where can you find Marilyn Monroe's corset, Captain Kirk's computer and Arnie's Terminator get-up? All of these items of big and small screen history will be up for sale at Profiles in History from 29th June to 1st July.

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Peter the Magnificent’s unicorn horn.
291. Peter the Magnificent’s unicorn horn. (2005) The horn of the white Unicorn that served as young Peter Pevensie’s mount at Aslan's camp and at the first Battle of Beruna. Includes rigid poly-foam stylized Unicorn’s horn, measures approximately 18 in. long.\n $200 - $300 Profiles in History
Pinocchio on Stromboli’s stage Courvoisier
667. Pinocchio on Stromboli’s stage Courvoisier setup. (Walt Disney, 1940) Vintage original Courvoisier setup from Pinocchio. The setup measures 7.25 x 7.75 visible through opening in 13.25 x 13.75 in. double mat. Depicting a naïve and joyful “Pinocchio” being surrounded and entangled by a huddle of angry Cossack marionette puppets. In vintage very good to fine condition. Unexamined out of mat. Special shipping arrangements will apply.\n $8,000 - $12,000 Profiles in History
[Lincoln, Abraham - Gutzon Borglum].
139. [Lincoln, Abraham - Gutzon Borglum]. Plaster cast bust of Abraham Lincoln as he is depicted on Mount Rushmore, carved on the verso, (“Gutzon Borglum”), 3 in. wide x 6 in. long x 3 in. deep (76 x 152 x 76 mm.) The Lincoln model is painted a deep ochre. Minor chips and abrasions have been professionally restored.\n\nSculptor Gutzon Borglum’s plaster cast of Abraham Lincoln for Mount Rushmore with his full signature twice inscribed on the reverse.\n\nTogether with:\nAlso included are two small unpainted plaster casts depicting Thomas Jefferson (1.5 in. wide x 2 in. long x .75 in. deep; 38 x 51 x 19 mm.) and Abraham Lincoln (1.25 in. wide x 3 in. long x .5 in. deep; 32 x 76 x 13 mm.) as they appear on Mount Rushmore undoubtedly originating from Borglum, and a typed letter signed (“Korczak”), by the Sculptor of the controversial Crazy Horse monument, Korczak Ziolkowski, 1 page (8.5 x 11 in.; 216 x 279 mm.).\n\nThe archive originates from the estate of Camille Yuill, who was the city editor of the Deadwood Pioneer-Times. He met and befriended Borglum when Borglum first visited the Black Hills to begin the Mount Rushmore project. Borglum presented this ochre Lincoln cast to Yuill in 1938. A small 2.75 x 1 in. (70 x 25 mm.) handwritten note by Yuill is included which reads, “This model of Lincoln, a miniature of the one on Mt. Rushmore, was presented to me by Gutzon Borglum,” along with associated items that support the provenance including,  two typed letters signed by George McGovern, a signed photograph of violinist Paul Stassevitch, and a box of Christmas cards, some of which depict the Mount Rushmore monument in various stages of completion, sold at the time to raise money for the project.\n\nGutzon Borglum began the Rushmore project by creating plaster models of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt based on his studies of their life masks, paintings, photographs, and descriptions. He then made five-foot tall 1:12 scale models of his final vision, which were then transposed onto the mountain resulting in sixty-foot faces. The small plaster models, pocket-size, (such as the Jefferson and Lincoln casts included in this lot) were always available on-site for the drillers and carvers to reference while working on the mountain. In addition, in 1934, Borglum agreed to make very few similar signed plaster casts of the heads for presentations to well-heeled donors as a way of funding the Mount Rushmore project, which was plagued by a lack of funding.\n\nA wonderful collection of exceptionally scarce relics from one of America’s most iconic monuments. Special shipping arrangements will apply. $12,000 - $15,000 Profiles in History
Lot of five tenament buildings from Corpse Bride
1123. Lot of five tenament buildings from Corpse Bride. (Warner Bros., 2005) These five tenement buildings are seen in the opening moments of the film when the Van Dort carriage leaves for the Everglot Mansion. The buildings are constructed of timber frames, plywood and particleboard walls covered with textured polyfoam, and additional hand-applied detailing. Sets include "Tenament #1" which measures 37 in. long x 85 in. tall x 43 in. wide; "Tenament #2" measuring 38 ½ in. long x 86 in. tall x 46 in. wide; "Tenament #3" measuring 45 in. long x 86 in. tall x 34 in. wide; "Old Tailor/New Baker" measuring 41 in. long x 85 in. tall x 33 in. wide; and "Old Butcher/New Wigmaker" measuring 59 in. long x 93 in. tall x 39 in. wide. A wonderful set from this imaginative film.  (Note: special shipping arrangements are required for this item) $4,000 - $6,000 Profiles in History
Original prod drawing from Mickey’s Good Deed
ORIGINAL PRODUCTION DRAWING FROM MICKEY’S GOOD DEED - (Walt Disney Studios, 1932) Original production drawing of Mickey Mouse from Mickey’s Good Deed. The untrimmed animation paper measures 9 ½ in. x 12 in. Image size is 4 ½ in. x 3 in. Profiles in History

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