Rare Vintage Hollywood Memorabilia On Auction Block

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Rare Vintage Hollywood Memorabilia On Auction Block

Los Angeles, CA – Marilyn Monroe once said, “Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.”  Well, hundreds of thousands of dollars are expected to be paid for rare Hollywood memorabilia, like James Dean’s iconic white t-shirt that he wore in “Rebel Without a Cause” and Steve McQueen’s shotgun from “The Magnificent Seven.”
The vintage items are a part of Nate D. Sanders, Inc.‘s spring auction, which ends Friday, May 29th.  “We’re excited to have several items worn by James Dean in his movies.  “Rebel Without a Cause” cemented his reputation as a cultural icon,” says the company’s founder and CEO, Nate Sanders.  “As a direct result of that movie, t-shirt sales soared in 1955.” Dean is one of the most popular stars in the history of American cinema.  Sanders expects the t-shirt and other clothing items worn by Dean to fetch more than $50,000. 

Other items in the spring auction include costumes from John Wayne and Barbara Streisand, and the shotgun Steve McQueen used in “The Magnificent Seven,” which premiered in 1960. There are 125 items in this high-end auction.

For the past 30 years, Sanders has been one of the industry’s most respected experts and dealers.  A collector since the late 1970s, Sanders was already widely known in collectors’ circles when he opened his auction business in Los Angeles in 1990.  Today, he conducts six major auctions every year drawing bidders, collectors and investors from around the world.

While he expects the vintage memorabilia to do very well, Sanders says, “the props from present day movies are popular too.”  For example, the sword used during the Holy Grail scene in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” could go for more than $25,000.  Other items on the auction block include costumes from the Oscar-winning movies, “Forrest Gump” and “Braveheart.”

Sanders’ Brentwood-based business charges “zero percent” consignment rates while most auction companies charge 10 to 20 percent rates for consigned items.  He is always interested in buying unique items and collections.  To learn more about Nate Sanders, Inc. and to see a complete listing of items from the spring auction, go to www.NateDSanders.com.  


Media Contact:
Amelia Daniels
(865) 584-0550

Editors:  High resolution photos of the rare and unique items being auctioned are available upon request.  Also, Nate Sanders is available for interviews, call (865) 584-0550 to schedule.

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