Fast Rides At Profiles In History's Captain America Auction



LOS ANGELES- MARCH 19, 2012 - Profiles in History is proud to announce the inclusion of some very fast and very cool superhero rides at their Captain America: The First Avenger Auction at this year's C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60616 at 6PM Central Time on April 14, 2012.

First up is Steve Rogers’ hero motorcycle, pictured left. A contemporary Harley Davidson bike, modified, painted and dressed to reflect a WW2 military period look. The motorcycle is a detailed representation of the Harley Davidson classic WLA military motorcycles that the HD company began producing to US Army specs in 1940, it is the most period-correct Harley Davidson motorcycle available today. This custom replica is fashioned from a modern Harley Davidson with spring-mounted solo saddle and springer fork. Steve Rogers as Captain America rides this bike into the heart of the Hydra Base, pursued by a troop of Hydra cycles in the final confrontation with Red Skull. The motorcycle is not operational and special shipping arrangements will apply. Estimated to fetch $12,000 – $15,000.

[You can also bid on the hero Hydra Fastrac, pictured. This imposing Hydra Fastrac is commandeered by the Howling Commandos during their liberation from the Hydra Factory. Constructed of a metal and fiberglass shell built on a JCB 3190, 4-wheel drive “Fastrac” tractor. The operating weight of the base vehicle is 17570.8 lb (7970 kg). The vehicle rides on four Michelin “Multibib” 540/65 R30 tires. The ominous, protruding cannon on the turret represents Hydra’s Cosmic Cube weaponry. The vehicle’s battery and fuel cells are located in a back compartment. This is a one-off hero vehicle in excellent condition and with expertly applied studio dirt and mud in the wheel wells. A spectacular, iconic, Daniel Simon design for the movie vehicle collector. The vehicle is not operational and special shipping arrangements will apply. Estimated to fetch $12,000 – $15,000.

Finally, up for auction is a Hydra Motorcycle. The motorcycle consists of a fiberglass, gunmetal-painted, lightweight, custom shell built on an actual Honda Motocross bike Model: CRF250X. The sleek Hydra shell features an embossed Hydra insignia on the gas tank and sides of the bike. The bike handlebars protrude from an opening in the top of the tank shell and there are two guns protruding from the front. There is a black, padded single-seat and the back of the bike features a wraparound frame, back wheel guard and rear foot pegs. On the back lower frame, there is a rack fitted with three resin and rubber German grenade props. This machine is one of a group of Hydra bikes featured in the high-speed chase when Hydra troops are pursuing Captain America. The motorcycle is not operational and special shipping arrangements will apply. Estimated to fetch $4,000 – $6,000

Stay tuned for additional announcements.

Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the nation's leading dealer in guaranteed-authentic original historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph "Joe" Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Needing to support himself, Joe turned to his hobby of buying and selling historical documents as a potential way to earn revenue. On weekends he scoured old Hollywood bookstores for letters and rare books. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. A lifetime member of the Manuscript Society, Joe is widely recognized as the nation's leading authority on entertainment memorabilia and historical documents. Profiles in History has established itself as the world's largest auctioneer of original Hollywood memorabilia, having held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and owning virtually every Guinness Book record prices for original screen-used memorabilia. With an extensive network of dealers, collectors, and institutions, Profiles in History is proud to play an important role in the preservation of motion picture history. Prior Profiles in History Hollywood auctions highlights include the "Cowardly Lion" costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); Steve McQueen's "Michael Delaney" racing suit from Le Mans ($960,000); a Panavision motion picture camera used by George Lucas to film Star Wars ($624,000); a full-scale model T-800 Endoskeleton from Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($488,750); Marilyn Monroe's "Diamonds" dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ($356,500); a King Kong 1933 six-sheet movie poster ($345,000); Luke Skywalker's light saber from Star Wars ($240,000); Margaret Hamilton's "Wicked Witch" hat from The Wizard Of Oz ($230,000); and The Invisible Man 1933 one-sheet movie poster ($230,000). Most recently from the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe "Subway" Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M, the Marilyn Monroe signature red-sequined showgirl gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes for $1.44M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M. In addition, Joe Maddalena is the star of SyFy's hit show, Hollywood Treasure. With already 24 episodes aired, Hollywood Treasure is gearing up for an exciting return in May 2012.