I'm a sucker for a good memorabilia auction. Autographed movie stills and DVDs are cool and everything, but there's nothing like having that memorable piece of the film, that object that defines a certain movie's experience. For me, as I've stated before, it was Maggie Gyllenhaal's Satanist eyelash curlers from Cecil B. Demented. Luckily, only one other person was interested, so I was able to nab it and it never got anywhere near the thousands, like many prop auctions do. Well, now there is the mother of all auctions gearing up, and if I won the lottery, I would be snatching up a few of these goodies.

For the most part, it's a comic book/action fan's wet dream come true, or rather, the wet dream of the really rich and well-off geek. On the superhero side of things, there's: Christopher Reeve's first Superman suit, a Val Kilmer bat suit from Batman Forever and my very personal favorite that makes me sigh in middle-class angst -- that goofy suit that Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker wore in the ring when he first became Spider-Man. For the more sci-fi fans, there's a Spock tunic from the first season of Star Trek, Arnie's T-3 costume, an H. R. Giger creature suit from Alien, the Staff of Ra from Raiders of the Lost Arc and for all those ladies with Wolverine fantasies: Hugh Jackman's claws from X2. Sigh. Any rich people out there want to donate to my movie prop cause?

The auction comes from Profiles in History, the people who previously sold the Cowardly Lion costume for almost a million bucks. So yes, this isn't your run-of-the-mill eBay auction. Personally, since I can't afford any of these things, I'm going to wait and see if Kevin Smith buys the original car from Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, because I'm not sure he ever spoke more true words than Brodie's statement in Mallrats: "Hey, now. Be fair. Everyone wants Mr. Toad's Wild Ride."
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