Charlton Heston's El Cid cloak expected to make $15,000

A cloak worn by Charlton Heston in El Cid (1961) is among the most fascinating lots in the sale of the actor's personal collection.

It's expected to sell for around $10,000-15,000 when it's offered in the March 22 auction at Bonhams Los Angeles, held in collaboration with Turner Classic Movies.

Charlton El Cid
Charlton Heston played the title role in El Cid (1961)

El Cid was an epic retelling of the life of the eponymous Castillian knight Don Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, starring Heston in the title role.

Bonhams explains: "He is seen wearing this cloak throughout much of the last half of the film, including the key scene where the Cid refuses the Spanish crown."

Other movie memorabilia includes a large pair of plasterboard maquettes of the walls of Per Ramses from 1956 movie The Ten Commandments.

They were gifted to Heston by Cecil B Demille after filming wrapped. Heston and his wife, Lydia, later painted them with Egyptian style figures.

The lot is estimated at $8,000-12,000.

The sale will also feature pieces from Heston and Lydia's art collection, including works by Ansel Adams and Julia Margaret Cameron.

Charlton's son Fraser C Heston said: "Their fascinating and varied collections reflect not so much a love of things but a joie de vivre, a passion for life and everything in it."

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