Here come the Men in Black… and Harry Potter and Elvis Costello and Star Wars and much, much more.
On 30 May, Ewbank’s is holding their Entertainment & Memorabilia auction, with exceptional collector’s items from some of the highest grossing films in Hollywood.
With a label inside the trousers that reads ‘Mr Smith’, this production suit – comprising a black blazer jacket, a pair of black trousers, black Calvin Klein tie and a white Anto Beverly Hills long-sleeved shirt – was worn by Will Smith when he played the return of his character James Darrell Edwards III (or Agent J) in Men in Black 3 (2012).
Men in Black 3 grossed $624 million (£491 million), adding to more than the $1 billion made by the first two films in the franchise, making Marvel’s Men in Black one of the most successful movie series in history.
The suit is just one of many highlights from a whole wardrobe of celebrity clothing and stockroom of posters and other entertainment collectibles up for grabs at the Ewbank’s sale in Surrey.
Another highlight is Harry Potter’s glasses. These iconic, silver metal wire frames are a small number of pairs produced for the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) and worn by Daniel Radcliffe.
The round clear lenses are bordered in black matte finish with silver metal earpieces tipped with transparent plastic. The left frame arm is inscribed ‘FRAME MADE IN ENGLAND’ and right earpiece is numbered ‘40 20 135’.
Fans of the Harry Potter franchise will also be excited to see this production-used hooded Gryffindor student robe with house patch.
English musician Elvis Costello wore this jacket in the ‘Clubland’ single music video in December 1980 and then again on stage for the English Mugs tour of the US in 1981 along with The Attractions and Squeeze. Costello is also seen wearing the jacket on the 1981 English Mugs tour poster, which is accompanied with the lot. The jacket has the original tailor label stitched to the inside pocket of the jacket that reads, ‘Tobias Bros. Ltd 32 Savile Rowe. W.1, E. Costello Esq A0629 Oct. 80.’
The jacket was given to the vendor in 1991 by a friend who was an employee of Demon Records (Jake Riviera, Costello’s manager’s, record company).
Finally, we end this tour of the Entertainment & Memorabilia auction with this rare, early British Quad film poster for the original 1977 Star Wars film. Designed by the Hildebrandt brothers, and issued when the film was initially released in the UK, it was later replaced by a design more closely resembling the actors.
Even more Star Wars posters are going under the hammer, alongside a plethora of other props and memorabilia from films and television shows such as Back to the Future, Dunkirk, Dr Who and Under the Sea, alongside other collectibles such as a Jimi Hendrix poster and a t-shirt signed by Michael Jackson.