Profiles In History Clinches deal for one of the most important Prop and Wardrobe collections….ever!

The Press release:

Profiles in History have been selected to handle the sale of the celebrated Dreier Collection. Due to the size, scope and significance of the Dreier Collection, it will take nearly two years and several auctions to offer all of the material.  The first installment of the Dreier Collection will be sold in July 2012.

Some of the highlights of this historic collection include:

  • The most significant Christopher Reeve “Superman” collection in private hands
  • Michael Jackson’s signature leather costume from his “Bad” tour
  • The most important Willy Wonka collection extant
  • Will Ferrell’s “Ron Burgundy” costume from Anchorman & others from Blades of Glory & Talladega Nights
  • Signature costumes and props from such legendary films and TV shows as Star Trek, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, X-Men, Batman and Austin Powers.

According to Joe Maddalena, CEO and President of Profiles in History, the importance of the Dreier Collection cannot be overstated.  “This is a monumental offering, and it is a collection that commands every adjective you can think of – impeccable, amazing, phenomenal, diverse, top quality.  Even the most seasoned collector will be blown away by the collection’s depth, breadth and level of importance”.

Further investigation pulled up the following information. Here:

If you know the name Chad Dreier, it’s likely because of his celebrated tenure as President, CEO and Board Chairman of the Fortune 500 company Ryland Homes. Between 1993 and 2009, Dreier took the homebuilding industry by storm, nearly doubling Ryland’s annual production (from 8,000 homes to more than 15,000) and increasing its total revenues from approximately $1 billion to $4 billion.

Meanwhile, outside the corporate limelight, Dreier was quietly constructing one of the premier collections of sports cards and memorabilia in the world. In fact, were it not for his humble nature and desire for privacy, Chad Dreier would already be hailed as a true titan in the hobby realm. Instead, this unassuming California family man chose to erect his prestigious pantheon, brick by exquisite brick, with little or no media fanfare. Although the private Dreier Museum has received such visitors as Ernie Banks, John Wooden, Kobe Bryant, Tim Brown, Roy Williams, Kirk Douglas and Gene Simmons, very few people outside Dreier’s personal circle have been aware of, let alone had direct access to, his unsung “Smithsonian of the West” nestled in the hills above Santa Barbara, CA.

and….here:

Now, after decades of enjoying their prized memorabilia with friends, family, business associates and celebrities including Ernie Banks, John Wooden, Kobe Bryant, Tim Brown, Roy Williams, Kirk Douglas and Gene Simmons, the Dreiers have decided to share their collection on a much larger scale by selling it.

“It sounds cliché but it’s true,” said Chad Dreier. “It is just time. Maintaining a collection of this caliber and size requires a considerable amount of energy that I want to put other places at this stage in my life. I can’t think of a better thing to do with our collection at this point than make it available for other collectors to appreciate.”

“We are excited that the public offering of our collection will enable a much broader base of collectors to enjoy these historic items,” added Doug, who was instrumental in the museum’s formation, execution, operation and acquisitions. “To date, more than 10,000 visitors have had private viewings, but with the public sale many more will be able to enjoy it as we have.”

Legendary Auctions is the vehicle that the Dreiers have chosen to take their memorabilia to the collecting public. After working with Legendary over the past eighteen months to sell millions of dollars of items that were not part of the Museum display, Chad Dreier felt there was simply no other choice. “I have dealt with all the auction houses out there as I amassed the collection,” said Chad Dreier. “Based on relationships that my family has developed with Doug Allen and the team at Legendary Auctions they were the natural choice. I am confident my collection is in good hands and will be presented in the best possible light to the hobby’s most passionate collectors.”

Legendary Auctions will kick-off the sale of the Dreier Collection with the private-treaty sale of select items. Other auctions will be announced over the next two years and will be offered as one-day online events attached to Legendary Auctions’ regular auction calendar. Special private treaty sales and live auctions may also be conducted to showcase unique themed portions of the collection.

“We are excited and honored to bring the Dreier Collection to the hobby,” said Allen. “The sale of the collection holdings will be bittersweet, but we are committed to present it in a manner that will maximize the return for the family while paying tribute to a hobby veteran who built one of the finest collections ever assembled.”

and here with their fabulous car collection.

This is also cool….check out the Trek stuff!

I also saw the Wonka gobstopper from “Profiles” a few years ago, Ferris Buellers jacket and much more.

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