The cape Bela Lugosi wore as Count Dracula in 1931 movie "Dracula" is set to be auctioned off. The cape will be one of 17 Lugosi lots consigned by the horror icon's son, Bela Lugosi, Jr., available at the Profiles in History sale in December.
Lugosi gave the cape to his wife Lillian before his death in 1956 and told her to keep it for their son. Upon Lugosi's death, the family decided that he should be buried in his Dracula costume, but given the actor's wish that his son should have the cape, the family dressed the body in a lightweight version of the cape he used when making personal appearances.
Lillian Lugosi left the cape to her son upon her death in 1981.
The item is expected to fetch up to $2 million when it goes under the hammer during the sale, Dec. 15 to Dec. 17.
Also on the auction block: Judy Garland's ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz," the DeLorean sports car from "Back to the Future III" and Marilyn Monroe's wedding ring from her marriage to Joe DiMaggio.
Ah well, probably would have ended up in the garage or attic anyway.
I feel somewhat sad to think that this treasure of it's era could end up in someone's attic. To whoever is fortunate enough to have the money to buy this classic cape, my hope is that you somehow find a way to place it in the time/space continuum in a manner that honors the man who gave it a life of it's own.
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