Propstore Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction Part 2 – Super Costume

by Alexei

Part two of our amazing visit to the Propstore of London on the 27thAugust 2019. Tim took us through to their main packing area and there stood a mannequin, however it was no ordinary mannequin! But a SuperMannequin!!!! No other than Christopher Reeve’s Tunic, Leggings and pants from Superman IV The Quest for Peace. Wow!  Just standing there! Minding its own business!

Martin and myself had a cunning plan! Wouldn’t this make an awesome addition to the phonebox! As you can see Martin was absolutely delighted by the idea and could hardly contain his excitement!

In comparison to Propstore’s amazing Full costume from Superman the Movie you can see that the suit is slightly greener in colour. Superman IV used a lot of Blue screen for special effects and as a result to avoid clashing the suit colour changed ever so slightly.

Please find details for the Propstore Auction below and here for the link to bid

SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE (1987) – Superman’s (Christopher Reeve) Costume

Superman’s (Christopher Reeve) tunic, leggings and pants from Sidney J. Furie’s superhero sequel Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Superman wore his costume throughout the film as he fought against Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) and his powerful “son” Nuclear Man (Mark Pillow), who was born in the Sun after Superman’s “genetic matrix” was attached to a nuclear weapon and launched into the star.

This instantly recognisable and iconic costume was custom-made for Reeve, and each item features a label from the costumiers Burman’s & Nathan’s, which reads, “Christopher Reeve 4913 Flying Superman IV”, indicating that this costume was designed for the scenes in which Superman is airborne. All three parts of the costume feature slits down the sides for a harness to be attached to Reeve, allowing him to easily achieve his iconic flying pose.

Superman’s long-sleeved tunic is made of polyamide, a specially blended synthetic fabric designed to provide some stretch, while limiting visible signs of sweat during use under the heat of production lighting. The fabric was also designed to create a shimmering effect when illuminated. The tunic displays Superman’s classic “S” logo in red and gold on the chest, and has a hidden zipper at the back, with four black metal poppers running along the shoulders to attach the cape.

The leggings and pants are made of the same material and feature elasticated waistbands. “C.F.1.” and “C.F.3” have been handwritten in black pen in the waistbands of the leggings and pants respectively. The lot displays wear from production use and age. On the front of the tunic there are four long strips where the fabric has been damaged, and attempts have been made to stitch it back together. Some of the stitching has become plucked and loose, and there are small areas of staining and discolouration.

£15,000 – 20,000A

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