Christopher Reeve's Superman cape sold for nearly $200,000

By: H&I Staff     Posted: December 17, 2019, 11:52AM

Image: The Everett Collection

Superman (1978) is considered by many to be one of the best representations of the Man of Steel on the big screen. Twenty-six years after George Reeves brought Clark Kent to life on TV screens, Christopher Reeve (no relation) flew into theaters and won over moviegoers everywhere.

The film won Reeve a BAFTA award and was nominated for three Academy Awards. In 2017, it was selected by the Library of Congress's National Film Registry for preservation.

And what would Superman be without the iconic red cape?

It was a look that had kids everywhere tying bath towels and blankets around their necks and declaring themselves to be superheroes. That appeal hasn't faded, since Reeve's cape just sold at auction for $193,750. The cape, which Reeve wore during filming, was originally part of a 1979 contest in the comic book Superman No. 331. It also comes with a letter signed by the previous president of DC Comics, Sol Harrison.

Also at the auction was some familiar gear for Star Trek fans. Picard's Starfleet dress uniform, worn by Sir Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: The Next Generation sold for $28,800 and Spock's Romulan disguise, worn by Leonard Nimoy in an episode of The Next Generation, sold for a cool $20,000. However, the big-ticket item was clearly the Superman cape.

What do you think? What would you pay that much for?

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