Christopher Reeve Superman costume to auction this month

A Christopher Reeve-worn Superman costume is to auction as part of Julien's Hollywood Legends sale, which is to take place over two days in Beverly Hills (April 5-6).

Estimated to be worth $32,000, the costume is brand new to the market, having remained in a private British collection for 26 years.

Christopher Reeve Superman suit auction
The "flying suit" hails from Superman IV - a commercial success and critical flop

Martin Nolan of Julien's Auctions comments: "It comes from somebody who had an association with the studio in the late 1980s.

"The suit itself has been sitting in this person's home in England for quite some time and they have decided that now is the time to let it go.

It's still in great condition and you can see the little sewn-in slots where cables were attached for flying manoeuvres in the film."

The flying suit, which was worn by Reeve in 1987's Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, consists of a blue knit leotard, red cape, and iconic red pants.

A number of other items, including a William Shatner-used Star Trek laser rifle, are also set to dazzle collectors.

High grade movie memorabilia is a boom market. The Dude's dressing gown from cult movie The Big Lebowski sold with an impressive 302.1% increase on estimate in March, bringing $18,500.

We have this highly collectible Christopher Reeve autograph for sale.

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