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©AP/ Bela Lugosi in "Dracula."
© AP/ Bela Lugosi in "Dracula."
Bela Lugosi's 'Dracula' cape up for auction

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.

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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.

Oct 27, 2011 4:57PM
A clever "old bat," Lugosi, to understand that his cape might one day be quite valuable, and a legacy to his family. Good for him. Vampire bat
Oct 27, 2011 4:40PM
Holy Moly! As big a fan as I am of Bela Lugosi I am afraid the estimated $2 million dollars is a bit out of my price range.
Oct 27, 2011 4:36PM

A lot of money for a neat item.

Always love the Dracula movies.

Oct 27, 2011 5:24PM

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.

Oct 27, 2011 10:49PM
Lugosi was buried in his cape and he did not die a drug addict.  He was the first film star to publically go to rehab (and admit he had a problem) and he kicked his addiction in months.  He died from a heart attack at 73 after he got out of rehab and while he was planning his next role.
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