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'Frankenstein' and Schwarzenegger Special Effects, Magician Blackstone's Illusions Offered In L.A. 'Monsters & Magic' Auction


Dr. Frankenstein's Nebularium and Megavolt Sr.
A famous 1930's special effects device known as "Megavolt Sr." used in numerous "Frankenstein" films and other horror classics to create a million volts of lightning-like bolts will be offered in a "Monsters & Magic" auction, November 15.

Hundreds of classic special effects equipment as well as film props, posters, costumes and original art work from such sci-fi, horror and fantasy favorites as "Flash Gordon," "The Wizard of Oz," "Phantom of the Opera," "The Mask of Fu Manchu," "Wings" and "Phantom Empire," are included in the public sale to be conducted in Los Angeles and on eBay by Julien Entertainment of Hollywood (www.JulienEntertainment.com) in association with Odyssey Auctions (www.Autographs.com) of Corona, California.

"The 'Megavolt Sr.' was created by renowned Hollywood special effects genius Kenneth Strickfaden, and was his favorite device for years," said Darren Julien, President of Julien Entertainment. "It was later used in Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1984 movie, 'The Terminator,' and is valued at $65,000 or more."

Among the many products of Strickfaden's inspired imagination are the "Digital Disputer," "Zapatron," and "Nebularium" from Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory, which could sell for $100,000 or more, according to Julien.

Other auction attractions include a metal and wood dinosaur model used in the 1933 classic, "King Kong"; Brandon Lee's main costume from 1994 cult classic, "The Crow"; a phaser rifle used in the 1996 film, "Star Trek: First Contact"; actor Patrick Stewart's Captain Picard costume worn in the 2002 film, "Star Trek: Nemesis" and a signed 1931 contract for actor Boris Karloff to portray Frankenstein's monster.

The Blackstone Magic Collection will also be offered in the "Monsters & Magic" auction.


Blackstone's Buzz Saw Illusion
"More than 400 stage illusions and costumes from the estates of internationally-known father and son magicians, Harry Blackstone Senior and Junior, are in the sale, including their famous sawing-a-woman-in-half illusion with a whirling 30-inch buzz saw blade. The opening bid on the famous buzz saw magic trick will be $8,000," said Julien.

The auction will be conducted at the Hotel Sofitel, 8555 Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles beginning at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 15. Bidding will also be conducted online at www.Autographs.com and eBay.

Harry Junior's widow, Gay Blackstone, will be the guest of honor at a lot viewing and reception at the hotel Friday evening, November 14, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. She will demonstrate many of the world-famous illusions included in the auction.

Detailed descriptions of the auction lots are contained in a full-color catalog available for $15 from Odyssey. Free digital catalogs are available on request by calling (800) 996-3977.

Buyers can view, track and bid immediately using the online "Monsters & Magic" auction catalog at www.JulienEntertainment.com or www.Autographs.com.

For additional information, contact Julien Entertainment at P.O. Box 691789, Hollywood, CA 90069. Phone: (310) 836-1818. Fax: (310) 836-1616. E-mail: [email protected]. Web sites: www.JulienEntertainment.com and www.Autographs.com.

Original Poster Art 1942, Harry Blackstone Sr.
Original Poster Art 1942, Harry Blackstone Sr.
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