Profiles in History: Camera that Filmed Star Wars Set a New World Record at Auction

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LOS ANGELES, HAWAII-  Profiles in History moved into uncharted territory this past Saturday at the auction of “The Debbie Reynold’s Collection Part II.” The camera that filmed Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope broke

world records when it sold for $625,000. No movie camera previously sold has come anywhere close to this amount. The camera, a Panavision PSR 35mm motion picture camera, was used by George Lucas for principle photography on the film that became a cultural milestone (pictured left). The lot was a complete camera package with two 1000 ft. magazines, a Panaspeed motor, matte box, follow focus, a Moy geared head, Italian-made Elemack camera dolly and lens.  The camera has been fully restored and is fully functional.

Coming up next for Profiles in History is their “Icons of Hollywood” auction on December 15 & 16th at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. Highlights include the Ruby Slippers and Cowardly Lion costume from The Wizard of Oz, the DeLorean from Back to the Future III, Bela Lugosi’s Draculacape and many more.


Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the nation’s leading dealer in guaranteed-authentic original historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts.  Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph “Joe” Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Needing to support himself, Joe turned to his hobby of buying and selling historical documents as a potential way to earn revenue. On weekends he scoured old Hollywood bookstores for letters and rare books. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. A lifetime member of the Manuscript Society, Joe is widely recognized as the nation’s leading authority on entertainment memorabilia and historical documents. Profiles in History has established itself as 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. With an extensive network of dealers, collectors, and institutions, Profiles in History is proud to play an important role in the preservation of motion picture history. Prior Profiles in History Hollywood auctions highlights include a full-scale model T-800 Endoskeleton fromTerminator 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. In addition, Joe Maddalena is the star of SyFy’s hit show, Hollywood Treasure. With already 24 episodes aired, Hollywood Treasure is gearing up for an exciting return in 2012.

Submitted by Nancy Seltzer, Nancy Seltzer & Associates






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