‘Drac­ula’ cape to go un­der the ham­mer

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - AUCTIONS - PIYA SINHA-ROY

IT MAY be the per­fect ad­di­tion to a Hal­loween cos­tume, but Drac­ula fans will have to wait un­til next year to wear it.

The iconic cape worn by Bela Lu­gosi in Drac­ula, one of Hol­ly­wood’s ear­li­est hor­ror films based on the world’s most fa­mous vam­pire, will go un­der the ham­mer in De­cem­ber and could fetch be­tween $1.5 mil­lion and $2m, ac­cord­ing to auc­tion­eer Pro­files in His­tory.

The Icons of Hol­ly­wood sale will fea­ture many items from var­i­ous Hol­ly­wood films, but the black cape worn by Lu­gosi in the clas­sic 1931 hor­ror flick is ex­pected to be one of the big­gest-sell­ing items.

Lu­gosi, who was among the top hor­ror film ac­tors in the early days of Hol­ly­wood in movies such as Son of Franken­stein and Mur­ders in the Rue Morgue, was buried in his Drac­ula cos­tume af­ter his death in 1956, ex­cept for the orig­i­nal cape, which he wanted his son to have, the auc­tion­eer said.

The ac­tor’s fam­ily is sell­ing the cape, as well as vin­tage mem­o­ra­bilia from Lu­gosi’s films.

Other key items fea­tured in the sale in­clude a pair of ruby slip­pers from The Wiz­ard of Oz, es­ti­mated to be sold for be­tween $2m and $3m, and the time-trav­el­ling Delorean ve­hi­cle from Back to the Fu­ture III for which the es­ti­mated price is be­tween $400 000 and $600 000.

The Icons of Hol­ly­wood auc­tion will be held at the Pa­ley Cen­ter for Me­dia in Bev­erly Hills from De­cem­ber 15 to 17. – Reuters

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