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Superman's costume matches Oz guard's at auction
April 6, 2007 / 8:19 PM / in 11 years

Superman's costume matches Oz guard's at auction

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A costume worn by actor Christopher Reeve in his first “Superman” film has sold for $115,000 at auction, the same price a “Winkie” costume from the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz” fetched.

<p>An original Wicked Witch of the West Winkie guard costume from the 1939 film 'The Wizard of Oz' is shown in this publicity photo provided to Reuters March 30, 2007. A costume worn by actor Christopher Reeve in his first "Superman" film has sold for $115,000 (58,000 pounds) at auction, the same price a "Winkie" costume from the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz" fetched. REUTERS/Profiles in History/Handout</p>

The Hollywood memorabilia firm Profiles in History said it had sold more than $2 million worth of movie and television items in a Thursday auction.

The rare Winkie costume was used by an actor portraying a guard protecting the Wicked Witch of the West in the much beloved “Wizard of Oz”. It was within its estimated price range of $100,000 to $120,000, but the Superman costume from the 1978 movie soared past its $50,000 to $70,000 estimated price.

By contrast, the costume worn by actor George Reeves in the 1950s television series “The Adventures of Superman” brought in $129,800 in 2003.

A Batsuit from 1995’s “Batman Forever” brought $63,250 and an alien creature costume from 1979’s “Alien” $126,500.

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