What is it like, slipping into James Bond's three piece-suit? What about disappearing beneath Obi Wan Kenobi's rough wool cloak? Or maybe strapping on Supergirl's blue elastic leotard and red knee-high boots?
It cost nothing to find out. Owning the look is another matter.
More than 400 movie, television, and theater costumes were up for auction Tuesday at Bonhams in London, in what the British auction house is calling Britain's largest such sale.
Bidders have been allowed to try the clothes on before the auction. Whether it's William Wallace's (Mel Gibson's) kilt, Supergirl's (Helen Slater's) cape, or Sir Bedevere's (Terry Jones') helmet from "Monty Python and The Holy Grail," there was an outfit for every taste.
During a three-day pre-auction showing, admirers of Agent 007 could sneak into Pierce Brosnan's impeccable Italian suits, or don the navy battle dress jacket worn by Roger Moore as he saved the world in "The Spy Who Loved Me." Those more in touch with their inner Bond Girl were able to try Halle Berry's macho camouflage combat trousers from "Die Another Day," slinky showgirl outfits from "Octopussy" or Michelle Yeoh's brown leather cat-suit from "Tomorrow Never Dies."
The black wool dinner jacket worn by Sean Connery in "Thunderball" is expected to sell for about 35,000 pounds (US$68,000; EUR52,000.) Obi Wan's cloak, worn by the late Sir Alec Guinness in "Star Wars," was estimated at around 55,000 pounds (US$106,000; EUR81,000), reports AP.
For military movie buffs there were uniforms, helmets, and jackets taken from the set of classics like "The Great Escape," "A Bridge Too Far," and "Saving Private Ryan."
The costumes came from Angels The Costumiers, which says it is trying to clear space in its warehouse and cut insurance costs. The London-based outfit maker boasts more than a million and a half costumes on five miles (eight kilometers) of hanging rails.
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