Profiles In History Richard Edlund auction

Profiles In History is having their 37th Hollywood auction, or more importantly, the tenth auction to feature items from the two Ghostbusters films. PDFs of the auction catalog can be found here – the Ghostbuster items go on sale on the second day of the auction, October 9th.

This time the auction is featuring items that were produced by Richard Edlund and his team for various movies. While I’m sure most people are keen to get their hands on his Star Wars items, there are a number of items produced for Ghostbusters. They include;

970. Full-size Terror Dog bust from Ghostbusters. (Columbia, 1984) Constructed from foam and sculpted into a form resembling cut stone, this Terror Dog gargoyle head adorned the Gozer Temple and was used by BOSS Films as a reference for the construction of the articulated puppet. It is the only piece from the enormous set to survive. Measures 43 in. tall x 31 in. wide. Some of the coating has chipped away and exhibits some wear. $1,000 – $1,200

971. Gozer Temple filming miniature from Ghostbusters. (Columbia, 1984) This is the miniature version of legendary Hollywood production designer John De Cuir’s design for Gozer Temple from Ghostbusters. De Cuir’s film credits include Cleopatra, Hello, Dolly!, South Pacific and his last film, Ghostbusters. Produced in approximately 1/24 scale, this incredibly detailed miniature measures an impressive 67 in. tall. It is constructed of a solid wood frame with intricately hand-painted resin architectural details. The central structure of the upper portion is constructed of steel elements to withstand repeated takes of the climactic explosion. Only one take was required to achieve the explosion caused by the neutron wands “crossed streams”. One side (only) of the Temple exhibits burn damage from the climactic explosion scene. The other sides remain pristine. Produced in scale to the Sta-Puft marshmallow man suit. An incredible and iconic miniature from the film. $15,000 – $20,000

972. Gozer Temple matte painting from Ghostbusters. (Columbia, 1984) This Matthew Yuricich painting on glass began as a photograph taken of the selected building on Central Park West by Edlund from a helicopter over New York’s Central Park with a 50mm lens on a Hasselblad. Sigourney’s apartment would have its walls blown out by the ghosts which were stupidly freed from their containment cell below the fire house. The idea here was to start with a wide-angle shot of the building and to add with painting the extended environs left and right and the Hudson River in the top of the painting, making it into an ultra-ultra wide-angle shot which would give the audience the illusion of depth because of the exaggerated vanishing point, even though it is a 2D painting when the camera pulled back to open the shot. A plate of the boys in her apartment set was shot from a high angle on the stage and rear-projected into a clear window in the painting. Measures 39 in. x 76 in. in display frame. $4,000 – $6,000

973. Pair of Sta-Puft marshmallow man face armatures from Ghost Busters. (Columbia, 1984) Pair of mechanical armatures for the Sta-Puft marshmallow man, rigged for a silly smile and to turn from neutral expression to a frown. His facial expression changes were orchestrated by Steve Johnson’s crew of puppeteers using levers connected by bicycle cables to hinged facial manipulators built onto the armature and attached to the white latex facial skin. He “performed” against a blue screen which enabled him to be composited over the background plate. The flexible latex skin has not survived but the sturdy armature remains in very good condition. Each measures approximately 16 in. wide. $3,000 – $5,000

974. Library ghost armature from Ghostbusters. (Columbia, 1984) The mechanical armature for the library ghost which produced the snarling response to Bill Murray’s remark, “Get her!”, as the Ghost Busters advance and attack. Her facial contortions were created by Steve Johnson’s crew of several puppeteers using levers connected by bicycle cables to hinged facial manipulators built into the armature. Filmed in 65mm against a black background which enabled it to be
composited into the background plate with thin mattes to create the partially transparent ghost effect. In excellent condition and built well to withstand repeated rehearsals. Measures approximately 48 in. tall. $2,500 – $3,500

These items are authenticated by Richard Edlund, which is about as solid as it gets.

However, that’s not all, as PIH also has a collection consisting of the name tags from each of the four guys, a torn logo patch, and (bizarrely) a pair of hose connectors. Proppers make note, I guess.
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731. Group of hero character name patches, Ghostbusters logo patch, and two rubber jumpsuit nozzles from Ghostbusters. (Columbia, 1984) Four patches for each of the hero character names:
“Venkman”, “Spengler”, “Stantz” and “Zeddemore”. Also includes a Ghostbusters logo patch and two hard rubber nozzles for hose attachment to the jumpsuits. Logo patch has a 1 ½ in. vertical tear. Patches come with
Warner Bros. COAs. $400 – $600

But perhaps the most unique item is Edlund’s favorite dolly – an anachronism in today’s film industry, this custom made dolly served Edlund on such films as Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Poltergeist, Return of the Jedi, Ghostbusters, 2010, Fright Night, Poltergeist II, Big Trouble in Little China, Masters of the Universe, and Die Hard.



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