Now’s your chance to own some truly one-of-a-kind horror memorabilia that was part of Forrest J. Ackerman’s extensive collection. I saw the news on Excite.com today that sometime during the last week of April (the date’s still tentative), Profiles in Horror will be putting thousands of Ackerman’s items up for bid.
They are said to include the Count Dracula ring worn by Bela Lugosi in the 1931 horror classic Dracula, the vampire cape Lugosi wore for decades – even the actor’s outfit from the “worst film ever made,” Ed Wood’s cheesy Plan 9 From Outer Space. Also on the auction block will be such notable pieces as a signed, first-edition copy of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein and a first-edition copy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula that was signed not only by Stoker but also Lugosi, Boris Karloff, and numerous other horror film notables.
Joe Maddalena, president of Profiles in History, had this to say about the collection: “I’m holding that stuff in my hand and I’m just like, ‘Wow, these are his most iconic treasurers.'” He also said Ackerman’s will stipulates that his estate’s share of the profits be divided among his friends.
I can’t even imagine what other riches are to be had here! Keep checking Profiles in History’s website over the coming weeks for more details.
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