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Perfect gift for one with everything

Los Angeles, Dec. 10 (Reuters): Looking for the holiday gift for someone who has everything and no matter what, nothing seems right'

Starting tomorrow, the No. 1 “Black Beauty,” the crime fighting sedan of the 1966 TV series The Green Hornet, will be up for sale by Hollywood memorabilia auctioneer Profiles in History. There is only one, and it can be had for somewhere between $200,000 and $300,000.

Too expensive' Don’t fret. The auction house is selling film posters, costumes and props at prices ranging from $100 into the few thousand dollars.

“If you’re buying something for someone who has everything, what a cool thing to get,” said Joseph Maddalena, chief executive of the Los Angeles-based auction house.

Collecting old Hollywood memorabilia has become increasingly popular. This past summer, the group held a Hollywood auction that brought in about $1.3 million, or 30 per cent more than the $1 million Maddalena said he expected. Bids came from all over North and South America, Europe and Asia.

Along with “Black Beauty,” which was driven in the series by martial arts star Bruce Lee, Profiles in History tomorrow is selling Darth Vader’s black helmet, mask and shoulder armour from 1980’s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

Maddalena estimates it could fetch $40,000 to $60,000, but given that it comes with an accompanying authentication letter from Star Wars creator George Lucas, the price could go higher.

“I’m hoping it brings $150,000-plus,” he said.

For the man whose wardrobe needs a suit that is too good to refuse, up for sale is the Armani tuxedo Robert De Niro wore in 1987 film The Untouchables playing gangster Al Capone. It is estimated to bring $2,000 to $3,000. Or, there is Al Pacino’s jacket from The Godfather: Part II for $7,000 to $9,000.

The shotgun Arnold Schwarzenegger used in Terminator 2: Judgment Day can be had for $8,000 to $10,000.

But Arnie fans who want that one better act fast. If his new job wrangling politicians as Governor of California goes bad, he just may want it back.

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