Marilyn, Lennon, Spider-Man Memorabilia To Be Auctioned

LONDON (November 1, 2006) — Marilyn Monroe’s lace-trimmed pantaloons and the hat John Lennon wore at the Beatles’ last photo shoot are among more than 150 items of entertainment memorabilia that will go up for sale later this month.

Lennon’s black cowboy hat is expected to fetch between $15,200 to $19,000, Bonhams auction house said Tuesday. Lennon wore it during an August 1969 photo shoot that followed the Beatles’ final recording session.

The cream pantaloons that Monroe wore in the 1954 Western movie “River of No Return” are estimated to sell for between $3,800 to $5,700 at the Nov. 22 sale.

A handful of rare publicity posters for 2002’s “Spider-Man” film will also be on the auction block. The posters, printed before Sept. 11, 2001, and recalled after the terror attacks, show the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center reflected in Spider-Man’s eyes.

The auction will also include movie posters from early 20th-century hits such as “All Quiet on the Western Front” and concept sketches for the 1960s TV show “Thunderbirds.”

“We are delighted to be selling such an important collection of TV memorabilia,” Stephanie Connell, of Bonhams’ rock and roll and film department, said Tuesday. “Rarely can one have an insight into the concepts of such an iconic series.”

Derek Meddings, special effects supervisor for “Thunderbirds,” also worked on the “Captain Scarlet,” “Batman” and “Superman” shows. The sale includes his original drawings of the Batplane from the first of Tim Burton’s “Batman” films and the designs of the Cox Gun used in the 1977 James Bond movie, “The Spy Who Loved Me.”

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