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Legendary Makeup/Special Effects Artist Rick Baker To Offer His Collection At Auction On May 29th

Rick Baker
Rick Baker
Rick Baker, one of the entertainment industry’s most renowned make-up effects artists, has teamed with Prop Store to present an exclusive, live auction of 417 original and iconic works of cinematic art from more than 50 productions spanning Baker’s 40+-year career. Baker has won seven Academy Awards for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, including the Academy’s inaugural award in the category for his work on An American Werewolf in London. This material has never before been offered to the public; all pieces in this extraordinary collection were acquired from Baker’s Cinovation studio. Auctioneer Tim Luke will lead the no reserve event, titled “Rick Baker: Monster Maker,” held at the Hilton Universal City, 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Los Angeles and on Propstore.com on May 29, 2015 beginning at 11:00 am PST.
“We are honored to present our fellow collectors with this opportunity to own Baker’s works: one-of-a-kind pieces of cinematic history,” said Brandon Alinger, chief operating officer of Prop Store. “Working with Rick, we have carefully curated the Monster Maker auction lots to include pieces representing his long and lauded career to date.”
Stated Baker, “Each of these creations is a part of a story crafted from the films that inspired them and from my own life. I have greatly enjoyed reliving these stories while curating this collection.” He continued, “My hope is that each of these pieces will find a home with a collector who will love and appreciate their unique role in movie history.”
Auction Highlights
Auction lots represent Baker’s work on multiple film productions, i.e.: An American Werewolf in London, Planet of the Apes, Batman & Robin, Batman Forever, Hellboy, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Men in Black (I and II), The Nutty Professor and Mighty Joe Young.
Items from Michael Jackson’s 1988 film, Moonwalkerand his 1983 Thriller music video are also featured, as are a number of principal Gremlin and Mogwai puppets from Gremlins 2: The New Batch, including Lenny, Daffy, George and Mohawk.  With an estimated value of at least $40,000.00, a full-size 10-foot tall alien Edgar Bug animatronic character created for the original Men in Black film is one of the highest valued lots in the auction.
Additional feature pieces:
·      Frosty (Joe Sabatino) Frozen Thug Statue, Batman & Robin
·      Animatronic Bat Puppet, Batman Forever
·      Simba R/C Head and Remote, Gorillas In The Mist
·      Complete Ape Display, Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes
·      Harry Head, Hands, Feet and Muscle Suit, Harry and the Hendersons      
·      Grinch (Jim Carrey) Santa Costume Display, How The Grinch Stole Christmas
·      Full-Size Alien Edgar Bug Animatronic Character, Men In Black      
·      Mikey (John Alexander) Costume Display, Men In Black       
·      Oversized Worm Guy Animatronic Insert Puppet, Men In Black II
·      Hammerhead Alien Figure, Men In Black II     
·      Hero Joe (John Alexander) R/C Animatronic Head, Mighty Joe Young
Bidding and Auction Details
Bidders register to participate in person, by phone or online at Prop Store’s live online auction platform, www.propstore.com/auction. Absentee bidding is available. Photos and detailed item descriptions are found in the interactive auction catalog, which is also available to order in print or download as a PDF at:
www.propstore.com/rickbaker/. Previews are available by appointment at Prop Store in Chatsworth, CA. Select lots will be on display at the Hilton Universal City at 9:00 PST the morning of the auction.
Each item is accompanied by the Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity, which carries multiple security elements to verify authenticity, representing a lifetime guarantee that the item is a genuine piece of cinema history exactly as described.
The collection’s pre-sale estimated total value is $746,100. Estimates are intended as guides for prospective bidders only; this is a no reserve auction. Each lot opens at $5 and final sale price is determined by bidding activity. Prop Store offers interest-free payment plans and worldwide shipping.
More details and an auction FAQ are available at www.propstore.com/auction. For general auction inquiries, interested bidders can emailauction@propstore.com or call +1 818-727-7829  Connect online: #PropStore #RickBakerAuction  
About Prop Store
Operating since 1998, Prop Store founder Stephen Lane’s love for movies led him to begin hunting for the same props and costumes that were used to create his favorite films. He found that he could not only provide collectors with access to their most coveted pieces, but also establish archival standards for a new, pop-culture hybrid of fine art and memorabilia collecting – prop art. With offices in Los Angeles and London, Prop Store handles prop disposal, sale, archive and auction services to production companies and distributors as well as fixed price item sale on www.propstore.com. The company sells original movie memorabilia, with more than 7,500 items available.