Profiles in History

Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is one of the leading dealers in guaranteed-authentic original historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Profiles in History is one of the world’s largest auctioneer of original Hollywood memorabilia, having held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and owning virtually every Guinness Book record prices for original screen-used memorabilia.

Profiles in History has an extensive network of dealers, collectors the institution is proud to play an important role in the preservation of motion picture history. Prior Profiles in History Hollywood auctions highlights include the “Cowardly Lion” costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); a full-scale model T-800 Endoskeleton from Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($488,750); Marilyn Monroe’s “Diamonds” dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ($356,500); Luke Skywalker’s light saber from Star Wars ($240,000); Margaret Hamilton’s “Wicked Witch” hat from The Wizard Of Oz ($230,000); and The Invisible Man 1933 one-sheet movie poster ($230,000). Most recently from the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe “Subway” Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M, the Marilyn Monroe signature red-sequined showgirl gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes for $1.44M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M.

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The Best of Hollywood at Profiles in History
Profiles in History's upcoming Hollywood Auction 96 features over 2,000 lots from silver screen favorites like Star Trek, Hello Dolly and James Bond.
Profiles in History: 'The Wizard of Oz' at Auction
Profiles in History is auctioning the exclusive production archive from the 1939 film 'The Wizard of Oz', including handwritten scripts, photographs and movie logs.
Hollywood Goes to Auction with Profiles in History
This December, a wide range of costumes, props and personal memorabilia from some of Hollywood's best-known blockbusters will be auctioned by Profiles in History in Los Angeles.
Essentially Marilyn
Marilyn Monroe is one of the greatest movie stars of all time, famous for her acting, modeling, and scandalous personal relationships. Her glamorous life, shocking death, and dark secrets have been chronicled for generations and now costumes and belongings from this legend can now be viewed at Essentially Marilyn: The Exhibit organized by Profiles in History.
“Divine Decadence” and Hollywood History: Liza Minnelli at Auction
Ah, Liza Minnelli: what other name exudes glamour, style and unforgettable music? The American house Profiles in History’s upcoming auction is full of memorabilia, costumes and photographs from one of the 20th century’s most memorable careers.

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Helen Wills Moody exhibition portrait by Hurrell
354. Helen Wills Moody exhibition portrait by George Hurrell. Gelatin silver matte borderless double-weight (mounted on 2-ply board) 9 x 12- ¼ in. exhibition print of Helen Wills Moody by George Hurrell; with photographer signature Hurrell/`35 in ink, rubber stamp HURRELL PHOTOGRAPH and 43035-35-4 in pencil on the verso. Exhibited and organized by the Smithsonian Institution, The Hollywood Photographs of George Hurrell, 1987; unique print. Fine; with ½ in. crease at the upper right corner and hinge remnants on the verso. Profiles in History
Production cels and background from Pinocchio .
660. Original production cels and production background featuring “Pinocchio” and “Stromboli” from Pinocchio. (Walt Disney, 1940) Vintage original 2-cel key production setup of “Pinocchio” and “Stromboli” from Pinocchio. Accomplished in gouache on trimmed celluloid with an original hand-painted watercolor 16-field production background, depicting the beloved “Pinocchio” introducing himself to the evil puppet master, “Stromboli”. Annotated on the verso “Prod. F3, Seq. 44, SC. 23”, stamped “OK” and initialed “CE”. Measuring 11 x 13 in. visible through opening in 18 x 15 in. mat. In vintage fine condition. Unexamined out of mat. Special shipping arrangements will apply.\n $40,000 - $60,000 Profiles in History
Ava Gardner camera negative from Show Boat
940. Ava Gardner camera negative from Show Boat by Virgil Apger. (M-G-M, 1951) Black-and-white 8 x 10 in. camera negative on safety film of Ava Gardner from Show Boat by Virgil Apger; with NOV 17 43 PROD 1313 105 stamped on the border, 1313x109x in india ink and retouching. Fine. Profiles in History
Prod cel of Dumbo flying w/ Timothy & crows
Production cel of Dumbo flying with Timothy and crows from Dumbo. (Walt Disney, 1941) Amazing Courvoisier Galleries setup featuring production cels of Dumbo, Timothy and all five Crows and a hand-painted production background stamped "WDP." The piece is framed with a mat opening of 8 in. x 10 ½ in. Profiles in History
Jack's Season One costume
Jack's Season One costume. Jack's dark jeans, gray hoodie, dark gray t-shirt and black jacket worn in Season One. Profiles in History
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