Christopher Reeve Superman tunic could exceed $50,000

A Superman tunic worn by Christopher Reeve in the blockbuster 1978 movie is expected to make in excess of $50,000.

It's among the highlights of a memorabilia auction at Nate D Sanders on November 19.

Superman tunic Reeves
Christopher Reeve played Superman in four movies during the 1970s and 1980s

The auction house told "The lanky 6'4" Reeve refused to wear a muscle suit under the costume and trained with bodybuilder and Star Wars actor Dave 'Darth Vader' Prowse for several months to prepare for his role.

"Academy Award-winning costume designer Yvonne Blake designed the Superman costume, which was constructed by Noel Howard for London-based Bermans and Nathans."

The tunic is constructed from a stretchy nylon fabric and displays the iconic "S" symbol on the chest.

A complete suit worn by George Reeves (no relation) in the 1950s Superman TV series made $230,400 at Profiles in History earlier this year.

A pair of suits worn by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black 3 will be offered at tomorrow's auction with an opening bid of $20,000.

Both were used onscreen and each displays the name of the star on the inner label.

The franchise is among the most successful in recent years, grossing $1.6bn worldwide - with this third instalment pulling in $625m.

Click here to take a look at all our movie memorabilia for sale.

Please sign up to our free newsletter to receive exciting news about movie memorabilia auctions.

Featured products

Elvis Presley Authentic Strand of Hair
Elvis Presley Authentic Strand of Hair
Sale price£399
In stock
Fidel Castro signed certificateFidel Castro Signed Certificate
Fidel Castro signed certificate
Sale price£2,995
In stock
King Henry VIII Autographed DocumentKing Henry VIII Autographed Document
King Henry VIII Autographed Document
Sale price£55,000
In stock