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Invaluable Announces Online Bidding on Upcoming Three-Day Hollywood Auction Featuring Prince’s Purple Rain Jacket & Other Hollywood Treasures

Auction To Feature Iconic Memorabilia from Prince and Marilyn Monroe, Along with Rare Collectibles from Star Wars, Star Trek, Terminator 2, Back to the Future Part II and More


Tuesday, June 14, 2016 9:05 am EDT


"one of the fastest growing e-commerce sites in the art world"

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Invaluable, the world’s leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles, today announced that it is partnering with Profiles in History to offer live online bidding on the upcoming three-day Hollywood Auction, which will take place June 29 –July 1, 2016. Bidders will have access to rare costumes, memorabilia and props from major motion pictures and television shows spanning the silent era to modern film, along with items from musical icons like Prince and The Beatles. Bidders can view the entire catalog and place bids online in real-time on Invaluable, as well as via mobile device using the Invaluable app for iPad and iPhone.

“The Hollywood Auction offered by Profiles in History is always one of the most anticipated auctions of the year on Invaluable, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to offer this incredible selection of costumes, props and memorabilia from some of the most iconic names in Hollywood on our marketplace,” said Rob Weisberg, Invaluable CEO. “From costumes worn by Prince and Marilyn Monroe, to original items from the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises, to props from fan favorites like The Mighty Ducks, The Shawshank Redemption, Scream and E.T., there is truly something for all types of collectors in this sale.”

Noteworthy musical memorabilia being offered as part of the auction includes Prince’s “The Kid” signature motorcycle jacket (estimated at $6,000 - $8,000) and Prince’s “The Kid” signature shirt (estimated at $3,000 - $5,000), both from Purple Rain, along with Prince’s stage worn over-the-knee black suede boots from his international Lovesexy Tour (estimated at $10,000 - $15,000).

Hollywood props and costumes include a number of rare items from the Star Wars franchise, including the original screen used X-Wing Fighter miniature from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (estimated at $150,000 - $250,000), an original "The Star Wars" script from August 1975 used at first reading, signed by George Lucas (estimated at $4,000 - $6,000) and a Darth Vader original concept artwork by Tom Jung for Star Wars: Episode V-The Empire Strikes Back (estimated at $4,000 - $6,000).

Items from the Star Trek franchise being offered as part of the auction include William Shatner’s "Capt. Kirk" Starfleet tunic and pants from Star Trek: The Original Series , along with Leonard Nimoy’s "Spock" tunic from Star Trek: The Original Series , both estimated at $60,000 - $80,000.

Vintage Hollywood props and costumes include Marilyn Monroe’s showgirl costume worn at a 1955 Madison Square Garden charity benefit (estimated at $250,000 - $350,000), Lucille Ball’s signature "Lucy Ricardo" polka dot dress designed by Elois Jenssen for I Love Lucy (estimated at $60,000 - $80,000), a vintage original 'Oompa Loompa' Costume from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (estimated at $25,000 - $35,000) and Robert De Niro’s "Vito Corleone" revenge suit from The Godfather: Part II (estimated at $20,000 - $30,000).

Additional notable props and costumes from recent major motion pictures being offered as part of the auction include:

“The upcoming three-day Hollywood Auction includes vintage scripts, production cells from movie classics, and a number of extremely rare props, costumes and memorabilia from some of the most well-loved music and film icons of all time,” said Joe Maddalena, President, Profiles in History. “We are excited to partner with Invaluable to offer online bidding on this auction, and look forward to giving their bidders around the world the opportunity to own these exceptional pieces.”

For more information, to view the catalog for all three days of the sale, and to place bids online, please visit

About Invaluable
Invaluable is the world’s leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles. Working with more than 4,000 of the world’s premier auction houses, dealers and galleries, Invaluable helps buyers from 200 countries connect with the things they love. With best-in-class online bidding technology, along with a fixed-price retail platform, Invaluable provides sellers with e-commerce and marketing solutions, as well as auction management software. Recently called “one of the fastest growing e-commerce sites in the art world” by Blouin ArtInfo, Invaluable has also been recognized by Deloitte’s 2015 Technology Fast 500™ and the 2015 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® program. Headquartered in Boston, Invaluable also has offices in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium and Australia. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @InvaluableLive.

About Profiles in History
Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the nation’s leading dealer of guaranteed-authentic original historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts and original Hollywood Memorabilia.

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This original screen-used X-Wing Fighter miniature from "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" is being offered at auction by Profiles in History, with online bidding through (Photo: Business Wire)
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