This weekend (May 17-18), Sir Patrick Stewart – better known as Professor X – visited the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
The British actor was there to donate a selection of costumes from the latest X-Men film to the museum’s archives, and to promote the (very exciting) forthcoming release of X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Included in the selection were Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine costume, Ian McKellen’s Magneto ensemble and Halle Berry’s Storm outfit – but where were the rest?
What about Cyclops, Jean Grey, Rogue and other mutant mainstays?
Chances are, they’re safely nestled in a private collection somewhere, and Stewart’s donation is great news for whoever owns them…
With the first X-Men film released almost a decade ago, memorabilia from the movie has found popularity with collectors – a pair of Wolverine claws could set you back around $25,000 nowadays.
With at least half of the most important screen-worn costumes now firmly in the Smithsonian’s hands, demand for the remaining few is sure to rocket and so will their value.
Adding to the rarity is the fact that much of the new series has been completed in CGI (you won’t find any Beast or Mystique costumes outside of the digital world), making real-life props a rarity.
Will CGI eventually kill the market for modern memorabilia?