first_imgCALABASAS – A photograph of Soviet film pioneer Sergei Eisenstein and a poster from an early Bette Davis movie commanded huge prices Thursday at the opening day of an auction of Hollywood memorabilia. The photo of Eisenstein, the silent movie director and film theorist, was taken by famed photographer Man Ray, said Joe Maddalena, president of Profiles in History, which put on the auction. “It was inscribed to Eisenstein by Man Ray and I had it estimated at about $4,000 or $5,000,” Maddalena said. It sold for $70,000, a price he called “enormous.” A six-sheet poster for Davis’ 1938 film “Jezebel” was estimated at $20,000 to $30,000. It also brought in $70,000. “Thursday was like the soup before the main course. Friday’s the main course,” Maddalena said. “We’ll have stuff going for six figures.” — On the Net: http://www.profilesinhistory.com/160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ The prices didn’t include an 18-percent fee charged by the auction house. The identity of the buyers was not released, but Maddalena said bidders came from as far away as China, Japan, Germany and Brazil. The bidding was expected to grow more intense on Friday when movie props – such as a full-scale T-Rex head from “Jurassic Park and Julie Andrews’ coat from “Mary Poppins” – go on sale. A model T-800 endoskeleton from “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” was expected to bring in from $80,000 to $100,000, Maddalena said. Captain Jean Luc Picard’s Enterprise E command chair from the Star Trek movie was estimated at up to $60,000.last_img read more

first_imgWith the credibility of the game in question, fans rightly disgusted and Congress threatening action, Major League Baseball is finally getting serious about players’ steroid use. On Tuesday, the players’ union conceded to Commissioner Bud Selig’s demands for a tough steroids policy. Under the new plan, testing will be increased, and a first offense will lead to a 50-game suspension. Two offenses equals a 100-game suspension, and with a third strike, the player is out of the game for life. That means fans can now watch baseball knowing that the athleticism on display is real, not juiced. And parents no longer need to worry that their kids will think the way to become a big league player is to abuse their bodies with drugs. Baseball is cleaning up its act, and for that we can all cheer. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Weeklast_img read more