Ben Hur Athenian costume valued at $15,000

An Athenian costume from the 1959 blockbuster Ben Hur is offered in a sale at Premiere Props later today.

The lot is valued at $12,000-15,000 ahead of the LA sale.

Athenian Ben Hur
The costume was worn by an extra in the final chariot race sequence

It was worn by an extra during the climactic chariot race sequence.

The auction house explains: "Its impressive appearance is the result of grand-scale production; MGM risked a record-breaking $15 million on its ultimately blockbusting Biblical epic in a last-ditch effort to stave off bankruptcy.

"The elaborate million-dollar chariot race sequence, set in a Jerusalem circus, was shot near Rome, Italy on an 18-acre lot at Cinecitta Studios."

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