Thanks to Thomas Askjellerud for the heads up that the London based auction company Props Store Auctions will be auctioning a full costume of the Phantom worn by Billy Zane from the Hollywood 1996 movie.
The auction company has listed this piece starting at £10,000 and expect it to go between the £20,000-£30,000 range which is €23,000 to €35,000, $36,000Au to $55,000Au, $22,500US to $33,500US and 253,000 sek/nok to 380,000 sek/nok.
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The website has the following information associated with it along with some amazing high detailed images. These images will also find their way onto our Phantom Preservation Project for future reference.
This lot will be auctioned on Thursday, November 3rd. The auction will begin at 3:00PM GMT and lots are sold sequentially via live auctioneer; tune in to the live streaming broadcast on auction day to follow the pace. Note other lots in the auction may close on Friday, November 4th; Saturday, November 5th; or Sunday, November 6th.
The Phantom's (Billy Zane) costume from Simon Wincer's superhero film The Phantom. The Phantom wore his costume throughout the film as he fought against injustice. Created by Lee Falk in 1936, The Phantom was the first superhero to wear a skintight costume, something which has become a hallmark of the superhero genre.
The costume was fabricated by Jim Henson's Creature Shop and comprises a neoprene rubber cowl with a suede lining for Zane's comfort; a black plastic eye mask; a long-sleeved top; a pair of trunks; leggings; a pair of black leather boots; and a leather belt and holster adorned with metal skull emblems. The top and leggings are made of an elasticated fabric, with a muscle print and a fine mesh layer, which is designed to be figure hugging.
The costume is displayed on a custom-built mannequin featuring a lifecast of Zane's face taken from a production-used cast, and has very minor wear from age and use, including some plucking to the fabric in small areas, and a small amount of repair to the nose bridge of the mask. Dimensions (display): 48 cm x 96 cm x 193 cm (19" x 37 3/4" x 76")