‘Dracula’ cape to go under the hammer
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