Christopher Reeve’s Superman Costume Up for Auction

MELBOURNE (AFP) — A Superman costume worn by the late Christopher Reeve will go under the hammer in Australia this month, auction house Bonhams and Goodman said Wednesday.

Auctioneer Giles Moon said the costume, complete with the famous “S” logo, was being sold by an avid film buff who bought it in London five years ago.

He said it was expected to fetch 15,000-20,000 dollars (11,400-15,200 US) when it is auctioned on May 24.

“Superman costumes rarely appear on the market and are much sought after by collectors,” Moon said. “Complete costumes have been known to sell for in excess of 100,000 dollars at auction.”

The outfit, which comes without boots or Superman’s famous red cape, was specially designed for flying sequences, with reinforced slits in the sides where wires were rigged up for the flying scenes.

Reeve wore the leotard in the 1983 film Superman III, while the red trunks and yellow belt came from his debut as the Man of Steel in Superman The Movie in 1978.

Reeve played the superhero in four movies between 1978-1987.

The actor was left a paraplegic in 1995 when he fell from a horse, and he died aged 52 in 2004 from a cardiac arrest.

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