Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Lot # 820 - Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction - Superman's (Christopher Reeve) Costume

Stock #100840

Superman's (Christopher Reeve) tunic, leggings and pants from Sidney J. Furie's superhero sequel Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Superman wore his costume throughout the film as he fought against Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) and his powerful "son" Nuclear Man (Mark Pillow), who was born in the Sun after Superman's "genetic matrix" was attached to a nuclear weapon and launched into the star.

This instantly recognisable and iconic costume was custom-made for Reeve, and each item features a label from the costumiers Burman's & Nathan's, which reads, "Christopher Reeve 4913 Flying Superman IV", indicating that this costume was designed for the scenes in which Superman is airborne. All three parts of the costume feature slits down the sides for a harness to be attached to Reeve, allowing him to easily achieve his iconic flying pose.

Superman's long-sleeved tunic is made of polyamide, a specially blended synthetic fabric designed to provide some stretch, while limiting visible signs of sweat during use under the heat of production lighting. The fabric was also designed to create a shimmering effect when illuminated. The tunic displays Superman's classic "S" logo in red and gold on the chest, and has a hidden zipper at the back, with four black metal poppers running along the shoulders to attach the cape.

The leggings and pants are made of the same material and feature elasticated waistbands. "C.F.1." and "C.F.3" have been handwritten in black pen in the waistbands of the leggings and pants respectively. The lot displays wear from production use and age. On the front of the tunic there are four long strips where the fabric has been damaged, and attempts have been made to stitch it back together. Some of the stitching has become plucked and loose, and there are small areas of staining and discolouration.

£15,000 - 20,000 M

Certificate of Authenticity This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.

This item is on consignment and is sold under the margin scheme for collector's items; no VAT is due.
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