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Auction of Christopher Reeve’s ‘Superman III’ Costume Could Soar to Incredible Heights

by Matt Baum (07/07/14).

The costume worn by Christopher Reeve during the production of 1983 “Superman III” film will be put up for auction on July 12 by SceenUsed Movie Props and Wardrobe.

The costume worn by Christopher Reeve during the production of 1983 “Superman III” film will be put up for auction on July 12 by SceenUsed Movie Props and Wardrobe.

Back in 1972, folk singer Jim Croce warned us not to “pull on Superman’s cape”—he went on to mention something about not spitting into the wind, pulling the mask off the Lone Ranger and some guy named Jim, but it would seem—but this July, one lucky bidder will not only get a chance to give Supe’s cape a tug, but take it home, too.

On July 1st, Desi DosSantos and Jeff Castillo, co-owners of the website SceenUsed announced the centerpiece of their seventh on-line auction would be the Superman costume worn by Christopher Reeves during the production of 1983 “Superman III” film. The auction begins on July 12 with an opening bid floor of $65,000. But pre-bidding has already begun.

Reeve first became the face of Superman in the 1978 Richard Donner film “Superman” and would reprise the role three more times. In 1995 he suffered a spinal injury in a horse-riding accident that would leave the actor paralyzed from the neck down. Since the accident, the costumes Reeve wore as Superman have become highly sought-after collectibles. So much so that forgers have created several fake suits that still circulate private collections as originals. Several of these forgeries sold with “certificates of authenticity” saying they were gifted to people from employees of the Warner Brothers costume department but no evidence exists to lend these stories any credit.

The Superman costume is a blue bodysuit with his trademark yellow belt. It is completed with a replicated of cape and boots.

The Superman costume is a blue bodysuit with his trademark yellow belt. It is completed with a replicated of cape and boots.

The poster from the 1983 “Superman III” movie, costarring Richard Pryor, who plays a computer programmer under duress.

The poster from the 1983 “Superman III” movie, costarring Richard Pryor.


What makes Superman a hero is not that he has power, but that he has the wisdom and the maturity to use the power wisely. From an acting point of view, that’s how I approached the part.

—Christopher Reeve


For the first time, ScreenUsed is offering what might be the only original Superman costume to be released to the public directly from Warner Brothers, along with a certificate of authenticity backed up by the studio’s unique DNA encoding system. The system reportedly matches the certificate with the corresponding memorabilia, thereby eliminating the possibility of the paperwork being attached to a different piece or fake memorabilia.

The third Superman movie also starred Richard Pryor, who played an early computer programmer who is forced to help his corporate masters build a computer that will enable them to take over the financial world. Though it’s not the most memorable of Superman movies (compared to “Superman IV,” it was Best-Picture material), the fact that this is the only suit worn by Reeve to be released for public sale guarantees a huge sale price. Some experts guessing it could go as high as $100,000.

So yes, you can pull on Superman’s cape; it’s just going to be amazingly expensive.


Matt Baum is WorthPoint’s comic book Worthologist. If you have any questions about these books or anything else in the comic book world feel free to contact Matt or post your question below in the comments section below. If you need more comic-nerd in your life, you can follow Matt on Twitter, where he’s always screaming about something nerd-related. Thanks to all Matt’s new followers and keep the comments coming!

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