Marilyn Monroe 1953 Black Ceil Chapman Evening Dress Sold for $254,000 8 X Estimate

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea "USOS Seaview" Submarine Model Sold for $222,250 5.5 X Estimate

Raiders of the Lost Ark Production Used Ark of the Covenant Sold for $101,600

Lost in Space "Jupiter 2" Stunt Spaceship Prop Sold for $65,000

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1981 Kuwahara BMX “Elliot” Bike Made for Film Production and Promotion Sold for $52,000 and Universal Studios Japan "E.T. Adventure" Animatronic Sold for $22,750

Michael J. Fox "Marty McFly" Back to the Future Part II Resizing Jacket Prop Sold for $32,500

The Wizard of Oz Emerald City Townsman Jacket Sold for $29,250

Farrah Fawcett "Holly 13" Logan's Run Mini-Dress Sold for $29,250, 29 X Estimate

The Four-Day Auction Event Continues Today Thursday, June 13th Featuring Iconic Props, Memorabilia and Beyond from the Biggest Blockbusters of All Time: Star Wars, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Batman, Alien, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Starship Troopers, Terminator, Robocop and More

Los Angeles, CA – (June 13th, 2024) – Julien’s Auctions and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), the ultimate destination for Hollywood memorabilia auctions, opened Day One of their four-day summer blockbuster event Hollywood Legends: Danger, Disaster and Disco in a spectacular white glove evening sale held Wednesday, June 12th that exceeded expectations tallying $1 million, three times the original sale estimate. The sale was held live at a VIP reception at NYA Studios in Los Angeles and online with hundreds of bidders and collectors from around the world vying for the inaugural evening’s sale of 32 screen gems from the biggest films of the Golden Age of Hollywood to the most popular modern day contemporary blockbusters spanning Sci-Fi, Action and Fantasy classics and beyond.

The top selling item of the evening came from the one and only Marilyn Monroe whose legendary star wattage continues to shine at Julien’s and TCM’s record-breaking sales of her most glamorous and important items at auction. A Ceil Chapman black jersey three-quarter evening dress worn by Monroe when she and Joe DiMaggio attended an event hosted by Bob Hope on December 16, 1953 to honor two-star general William F. Dean sold for $254,000, eight times its estimate of $30,000.

Re-submerged from the collection of “master of disaster” Irwin Allen was an original hero large-scale filming miniature of the USOS Seaview submarine from Allen’s 1961 science fiction film classic Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and his television series spawned from the film. The silver/gray large-scale model composed of fiberglass designed as a sea creature similar to a manta ray with sloping lines and gills sold for $222,250, five and a half times its estimate of $40,000. Another iconic prop from Irwin Allen’s pioneering science fiction series from the 1960s Lost in Space– a “Jupiter 2” stunt spaceship– lifted off to $65,000. In 2023, Julien’s and TCM sold another iconic piece from Allen’s Lost In Space–one of the most famous and legendary robots of all time–Model B-9 “The Robot” for $455,000 as well as Guy Williams “Professor John Robinson” spacesuit for $35,750.

One of the most exciting moments of the evening was the appearance of Hollywood’s greatest ancient artifact prop: an original Ark of the Covenant prototype used for the making of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The ark used for the film’s lighting and pyrotechnic testing from Peter Stoltz, the Industrial Light & Magic Visual Effects artist sold for $101,600, well over its original estimate of $50,000. It was previously presented on Antiques Roadshow by the owner’s grandson to expert James Supp who identified this as being the closest a collector could get to owning an Ark of the Covenant since the hero prop used in the final version of the film is held by Lucasfilm Archives. 

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HOLLYWOOD LEGENDS: Danger, Disaster and Disco

Friday, June 14th 
Julien’s Studios

13007 S. Western Avenue, Gardena, CA 90249
10:00 a.m. Pacific Time

HOLLYWOOD LEGENDS: Danger, Disaster and Disco

Friday, June 14th 
Julien’s Studios

13007 S. Western Avenue, Gardena, CA 90249
10:00 a.m. Pacific Time

HOLLYWOOD LEGENDS: Danger, Disaster and Disco

Saturday, June 15th
Julien’s Studios

13007 S. Western Avenue, Gardena, CA 90249
10:00 a.m. Pacific Time


Other highlights included (with winning bids):

1981 Kuwahara BMX “Elliot” bike custom made for the production of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial  production and film advertisement ($52,000) and Universal Studios Japan “E.T. Adventure” animatronic ($22,750)

·      Michael J. Fox “Marty McFly” Back to the Future Part II resizing jacket prop ($32,500)

·      The Wizard of Oz Emerald City townsman jacket ($29,250)

·      Farrah Fawcett “Holly 13” Logan’s Run mini-dress ensemble ($29,250, twenty-nine times its estimate of $1,000)

·      Yentl 1983 Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Golden Globe award ($22,750, five and a half times its estimate of $4,000)

·      Benedict Cumberbatch “Dr. Stephen Strange” Doctor Strange stunt necklace prop ($13,000)

·      Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker red Sith Trooper helmet ($22,750)

·      Robert John Burke “Officer Alex Murphy/RoboCop” RoboCop ensemble ($16,250)

·      Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem “Xenomorph” stunt ensemble ($16,250)

The four-day auction continues today Thursday, June 13th featuring some of Hollywood’s greatest screen gems from the biggest box office films and epic franchises of all-time: Star Wars, Batman, Alien, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Starship Troopers, Terminator, Robocop, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Titanic and more.


About Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a two-time Peabody Award-winning network that presents classic films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world highlighting “Where Then Meets Now.” TCM features insights from Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz along with hosts Alicia Malone, Dave Karger, Jacqueline Stewart and Eddie Muller, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests and serves as the ultimate movie lover destination. With three decades as a leading authority in classic film, TCM offers critically acclaimed series like The Essentials and Reframed along with annual programming events like 31 Days of Oscar® and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also directly connects with movie fans through popular events such as the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the TCM Classic Cruise. In addition, TCM produces the wildly successful podcast “The Plot Thickens,” which has had more than 9 million downloads to date. TCM hosts a wealth of material online at tcm.com and through the Watch TCM mobile app. Fans can also enjoy a classic movie experience on the TCM hub on Max.

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You know that moment when the lights dim, right before your favorite band starts playing? Or that feeling right before the credits roll on a movie that changed your whole world in an instant? The air is charged with anticipation and words are never going to do it justice because you just really had to be there.

At Julien’s, we exist to bring those moments back into your life through iconic artifacts and one-of-a-kind collections. Whether collaborating directly with artists, partnering with legendary estates, or working closely with discerning collectors, our auctions make culture pop with the promise of discovery and reconnection. From Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and Ringo Starr to Lady Gaga, Banksy, and Kurt Cobain-from LA to the world, we are where originals find their kind.

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