Superman Cape and 2001: A Space Odyssey Spacesuit Sold at Auction

Superman Cape - 2001 Spacesuit
Image: Julien’s Auction

Two extremely rare and iconic pieces of science fiction filmmaking history went up for auction recently. Both pieces represent a time in science fiction when computer-aided special effects were in their infancy. They each share in pivotal moments for visual effects achievements in filmmaking as well. Odds are that many a fan wouldn’t mind having either of these in a case, in their home.

Image: Julien’s Auction

First up is something that just about anyone would recognize. In 1978, Christopher Reeve donned Superman’s cape. This version of Superman was the first modern-day incarnation of the man from Krypton on the big screen since the golden age of comics. The promotional slogan “You will believe a man can fly” showcased the special effects of the blockbuster movie. This cape was worn by Christopher Reeve in the first two (and arguably best) movies made with the actor. It sold for $110,00.

Image: Julien’s Auctions

Next, we have a spacesuit from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Ten years before Superman, in 1968, this movie emerged as a revolutionary achievement. It went on to win many awards. This particular spacesuit and helmet was believed to be worn by Keir Dullea, who, as Dr. David Bowman, is one of the main characters in the movie. Even though it was not the more popular and often seen orange-themed suit, it still sold for $370,000.

Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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