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Propstore Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction Part 2 – Super Costume

Part two of our amazing visit to the Propstore of London on the 27thAugust 2019. Tim took us through to their main packing area and there stood a mannequin, however it was no ordinary mannequin! But a SuperMannequin!!!! No other than Christopher Reeve’s Tunic, Leggings and pants from Superman IV The Quest for Peace. Wow!  Just standing there! Minding its own business!

Martin and myself had a cunning plan! Wouldn’t this make an awesome addition to the phonebox! As you can see Martin was absolutely delighted by the idea and could hardly contain his excitement!

In comparison to Propstore’s amazing Full costume from Superman the Movie you can see that the suit is slightly greener in colour. Superman IV used a lot of Blue screen for special effects and as a result to avoid clashing the suit colour changed ever so slightly.

Please find details for the Propstore Auction below and here for the link to bid

SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE (1987) – Superman’s (Christopher Reeve) Costume

Superman’s (Christopher Reeve) tunic, leggings and pants from Sidney J. Furie’s superhero sequel Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Superman wore his costume throughout the film as he fought against Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) and his powerful “son” Nuclear Man (Mark Pillow), who was born in the Sun after Superman’s “genetic matrix” was attached to a nuclear weapon and launched into the star.

This instantly recognisable and iconic costume was custom-made for Reeve, and each item features a label from the costumiers Burman’s & Nathan’s, which reads, “Christopher Reeve 4913 Flying Superman IV”, indicating that this costume was designed for the scenes in which Superman is airborne. All three parts of the costume feature slits down the sides for a harness to be attached to Reeve, allowing him to easily achieve his iconic flying pose.

Superman’s long-sleeved tunic is made of polyamide, a specially blended synthetic fabric designed to provide some stretch, while limiting visible signs of sweat during use under the heat of production lighting. The fabric was also designed to create a shimmering effect when illuminated. The tunic displays Superman’s classic “S” logo in red and gold on the chest, and has a hidden zipper at the back, with four black metal poppers running along the shoulders to attach the cape.

The leggings and pants are made of the same material and feature elasticated waistbands. “C.F.1.” and “C.F.3” have been handwritten in black pen in the waistbands of the leggings and pants respectively. The lot displays wear from production use and age. On the front of the tunic there are four long strips where the fabric has been damaged, and attempts have been made to stitch it back together. Some of the stitching has become plucked and loose, and there are small areas of staining and discolouration.

£15,000 – 20,000

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Propstore Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction Part 1 – Superman IV Telephone Booth.

After the Propstore of London kindly responded to our self-invitation to visit them and view their latest Superman Items for their upcoming Live Auction on 30thSeptember and 1stOctober 2019. Myself (Alexei) and Martin Lakin (of travelled down to Rickmansworth on 27thAugust 2019 where we were very warmly greeted by Tim Lawes (General Manager) & Stephen Lane (CEO). 

Tim gave us a quick tour of the incredibly impressive facility jam packed with things most of us could only ever dream of, rack after rack, we went out of one building across the yard into the Warehouse, where suddenly both myself and Martin turned to one another looking shell-shocked! (not in the Ninja Turtles sense! But if that’s what your after click here!). What is this Wooden rectangular box that Tim has taken us to see? Wait! Isn’t that the phone box from Superman IV we asked? 

Tim responded very calmly with a Yes, but before he could finish his sentence, we’d moved in and taken over, examining every scratch, dent or mark that we could find, opening and closing the sliding door, Martin pretending he was Superman coming out of the box, then it was my turn, choosing to sit and answer an imaginary phone call. We were imagining what it was like to be there when Chris was filming Superman IV and how many takes it had taken just to get the perfect shot! But where had this phone box been all this time? Apparently after filming had wrapped up the phone box was offered to a Collector of phone boxes and had remained in his collection all this time, looking exactly how it did the day it was filmed. 

Please find details for the Propstore Auction below and here for the link to bid

SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE (1987) – Screen Matched Clark Kent To Superman Transformation Phonebox

A phone box from Sidney J. Furie’s superhero sequel Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Clark Kent (Christopher Reeve) used a phone box in a subway station to transform into Superman and save Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) and a train full of passengers after the driver had a heart attack and the train went out of control. This phone box is screen-matched to the one in the film by the distinctively ripped paper adverts adhered to its inner surfaces.

The phone box is made of wood, and has a sliding bifold door with glass screens. The lighting in the ceiling illuminates when connected to mains power. It features a wooden bench and a metal coin-operated telephone receiver with handset. Paper adverts and graffiti cover the inside walls and the box has been intentionally distressed to look well used. This lot has some additional wear from production use and age, including scratches and scuffs. There has been a buildup of grime on some parts of the box. Dimensions: 78 cm x 76.5 cm x 213 cm (30 3/4″ x 30″ x 83 3/4″)

£3,000 – 5,000 M