As we continue to mark Superman's 80th anniversary, and the publication of issue 1000 of Action Comics, I was reminded of the best twenty pence Clare spent on a pair of gifts for me.
Earlier this year, she presented me with an auction catalogue (snagged from the ‘10p bargain bin’ of Halls Bookstore) from Superman: The Auction, organised by Profiles In History back in December.
Never has 10p been better spent!
The catalogue is full of images of screen used costumes and props from the Man Of Steel's many and varied film and TV appearances - ranging from the current Supergirl show right back to George Reeves.
Also going under the hammer were original Golden Age art pages and sketches, vintage memorabilia, publicity material and even an original Action Comics #1 (with a guide price of between $800,000 and $1,200,000!).
Luckily for Rachel, the auction was long done by the time the catalogue found its way into my hands, so there was no chance of me putting in a sneaky bid.
Prior to this, at the Tuesday Knights' January gathering, Clare gave me a “bonus” Christmas present (another 10p find in the Hall's 'bargain bin'): the catalogue for the "personal property auction of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds".
A fascinating insight into the “lifestyles of the rich & famous”, but also a touching memento of my favourite princess (so many Star Wars treasures in here!)
|Yes, that is Carrie's personal copy of the original script for Star Wars - signed by George Lucas|
|Who wouldn't want a life-sized Princess Leia in a red phone box?|
But the thick catalogue (with well over 1,000 items up for auction) also includes many, many artefacts from the Golden Age of Hollywood, including posh frocks and costumes, such as outfits worn by The Rat Pack, and - of great personal interest - a 1952 Willy's Jeep that was (probably) used in the filming of M.A.S.H.
Sad, but wonderful, this catalogue - in a vicarious way - lets me keep a piece of Carrie's legacy (even if I could never have afforded even the lowest priced item in this auction).