Costumes and props from the long-running Fox television series "Glee" that are up for bid in an online auction include high-style wardrobe pieces by big-name designers such as Tom Ford, Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs.
The auction, organized by Calabasas-based Profiles in History auction house in conjunction with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products, consists of 1,459 lots and includes a pre-production prototype of a Cheerios cheerleader uniform and a set of 15 handmade puppets that resemble various cast members.
Though some of the props will doubtlessly be popular among the gleek fan base (a set of six school hallway lockers, for example, or a collection of 20-plus Slushie cups or Artie's wheelchair), this auction has an particularly wide range of stylish -- and wearable -- wardrobe items for men and women.
This is due not only to the large number of cast members and the show's six-season run but also to the considerable skill of costume designer Lou Eyrich, whose efforts on behalf of the students and faculty of McKinley High earned her three straight Costume Designers Guild Awards in the outstanding costumes for a series category from 2010 to 2012. (Eyrich shared the 2012 honor with Jennifer Eve).
Some costume lots include multiple items -- such as a set of six matching aqua-colored, rhinestone-accented dresses (from the "Tell Him" musical number in Episode 11 of Season 4), a set of three Dalton Academy Warblers sweaters or the two color-blocked Michael Kors dresses (part of Jenna Ushkowitz's wardrobe as Tina). Other lots consist of a single complete look from the show -- such as the blue V-neck top and tweed Marc Jacobs skirt ensemble worn by Gwyneth Paltrow's recurring guest character Holly Holliday, or the purple shirt, vintage brooch and turquoise Tom Ford shawl collar jacket ensemble Chris Colfer's Kurt Hummel was wearing when Blaine proposed to him.
Still other lots consist of a single sartorial standout -- such as a transparent, double-breasted Dolce & Gabbana raincoat with nautical trim (worn by Colfer), a red, floor-length Alexis Neuss dress worn by Naya Rivera's Santana Lopez while performing Dionne Warwick's "Alfie" or the black-and-white floral print Diane von Furstenberg dress worn by Lindsay Lohan in a guest appearance.
Oh, and fans of the Sue Sylvester track suit won't be disappointed either; by my count there are at least 15 different versions up for bid -- including a formal black two-piece track suit (with white ascot) that Jane Lynch's character wore to a Season 6 wedding.
After browsing through the many and varied offerings, I have only two gripes about the auction. First, the aforementioned designer names don't appear in any of the lot descriptions -- only in the news release announcing the event. Second, and this will only be an issue for bidders entertaining the idea of possibly wearing the garments (we assume some people out there entertain the idea), none of the descriptions include any type of sizing information whatsoever. (With the auction more than a month away, maybe some of those shortcomings will be addressed.)
Actually, make that one gripe. After this post was published, the folks at Profiles in History explained that sizing information -- for the regular cast members anyway -- can be found in the auction FAQ.
Unlike some auctions, in which beginning bids are all over the map, every lot in the upcoming auction has a starting bid of $100, and the listed estimated value (which goes out the window once the laws of the auction jungle kick in) of each lot is between $100 and $200. (It should be noted that there's an additional 20% buyer's premium paid to the auction house on top of each winning bid, and that shipping expenses are not included.)
The two-day auction is an online-only affair (conducted in association with invaluable.com and Ebay live auctions) with the first set of 710 lots going under the gavel on Sept. 17 starting at 10 a.m. PDT, and the second set of 749 lots up for bid starting at the same time the following day. Additional information, including bidding instructions and a complete online catalog, can be found at gleetheauction.com.
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