• Nov 22nd 2011 at 6:31PM
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There are reported to be just three surviving Back to the Future Delorean DMC-12 movie cars left in existence, and only one of those is held in a private collection. Next month, you'll have a chance to take it home. One of the stainless-steel wonders used in Back to the Future III is headed to the Profiles in History auction block. The Icons of Hollywood auction will feature a litany of items from the trilogy, including the vest worn by Michael J. Fox's character Marty McFly and a remote-control hoverboard. This has the makings of the best Halloween costume ever.

According to the auction house, the DMC-12 was used in 1955 drive-in move scene where Marty heads off into the Old West. The vehicle was built specifically for off-road use, though the auction doesn't specify exactly what sort of modifications were made to the gullwing machine to handle bouncing through the desert sand. The auction house expects the vehicle to roll away with a winning bid between $400,000 and $600,000. Hit the jump for the full press release.
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LOS ANGELES-OCTOBER 11, 2011- Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, is set to auction off a spectacular collection of Back to the Future items from all three films at their "Icons of Hollywood" auction, to be held this December 15, 16 and 17th at a location to be released. The biggest item up for auction is the DeLorean Time Machine driven by Michael J. Fox as "Marty McFly" in Back to the Future III. One of seven DeLoreans used on-screen in the Back to the Future trilogy, this particular car was used in the 1955 drive-in movie scene when Michael J. Fox drives it into the past and lands in 1885 to find Doc. It was built completely for off road use. Of the seven DeLoreans, only three have survived since filming, and this is one of those three - the only one in private hands. After filming completed, the car sat on the backlot at Universal Studios for about 14 years, with a short time on display at the Petersen Auto Museum in Los Angeles. The other DeLoreans are still owned by Universal Studios, and are usually on display at the theme parks. The car comes with a Universal Studios certificate of authenticity and an original signed Bill of Sale with the Vehicle Identification Number, estimated to fetch $400,000 - $600,000.

Another fan favorite up for auction is Thomas F. Wilson's screen used "Griff Tannen" remote control Pitbull hoverboard from Back to the Future II. The board is built of solid wood measuring 36 in. long; is painted black with red accents and features radio control outrigger rocket nacelles made of resin with metal heat shields and three towing straps to pull his gang of delinquents right into the clock tower. This is the only remote control Pitbull hoverboard built for the production and is clearly visible in the insert shot with the engines shown in operation. On top at the rear is a round, fully functional ball bearing-mounted footpad that rotates 360 degrees behind the "Pitbull" logo. Mounted on a custom display stand and includes a wireless remote controller, though it doesn't actually hover, a bummer, we know. The board is expected to fetch $15,000 - $20,000.

Other items from the trilogy up for auction include Michael J. Fox's "Marty McFly" jacket fromBack to the Future, a complete Marty hero Mattel-brand hoverboard from Back to the Future II, Christopher Lloyd's "Doc" shirt from Back to the Future, Thomas F. Wilson's "Biff" jacket from Back to the Future II and the "Marty McFly" 1950s cowboy costume from Back to the Future III. They will also showcase a collection of highly desirable original Back to the Futureposter artwork from Drew Struzan. Overall, there will be over 100 items from Back to the Future -- easily the largest collection of props and memorabilia ever assembled from the trilogy, including rarely seen props like the Future-Nike shoe case, futuristic Pepsi and Slice soda bottles, crew jackets and t-shirts, and much, much more. Part of the proceeds from this section of the auction will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research.

These Back to the Future items will join the only pair of screen used Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz left on the market. These iconic shoes are from the climax of the film and are estimated at $2,000,000-3,000,000. Also up for auction will be Marilyn Monroe's wedding ring from her marriage to Joe DiMaggio ($300,000 to $500,000) and a Marilyn Monroe nude painting by Earl Moran ($70,000 to $90,000.)

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      • 3 Years Ago
      More importantly...does the flux capacitor still work?
        EXP Jawa
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's a moot point unless you can verify that the Mr. Fusion is also still working properly. Unless, of course, you have a stash of plutonium...
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EXP Jawa
          Or at the least harness the power of a bolt of lightning.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EXP Jawa
          The only other thing besides plutonium that can generate the 1.21 Gigawatts necessary to power the flux capacitor is . . . A BOLT of LIGHTNING!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I call B.S. this car was utterly destroyed by a train in Back to the Future III. This is an imposter!
        • 3 Years Ago
        There were multiple copies of the same car. They weren't all destroyed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Diana Spotilla
      • 3 Years Ago
      My Brother-in-Law in Ma. has one I love it. He looks great in it. .I hope he has me in his will. or I'll buy it from his estate. If not, I'll wait till I get to heavan and I drive one. I love the Delorean Don't paint it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should auction more cars from Hollywood movies and TV shows like the General Lee Dodge Charger GT from "Dukes of Hazzard", KITT from "Knight Rider", Black Beauty from the TV series "Green Hornet", and my favorite car the Mach 5 from the anime show "Speed Racer".
      • 3 Years Ago
      It has been sitting on the back lot of Universal Studios for years.. Who would want this piece of junk...
      • 3 Years Ago
      They'd have to pay ME $400K to take that pile off their hands.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I never saw part 3 :(
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Back to the Future trilogy is currently available to watch on the HBO Go app if you happen to have access to it on any mobile devices... Enjoy! :)
      Al Fard
      • 3 Years Ago
      I saw this car passing by on a car haul unit on I-10 in Houston, TX heading toward San Antonio direction.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Al Fard
        What year and date did you see this car in Texas? Last I heard it was sitting in a cave somewhere with Indian arrows on the gas tank.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Back in 1986 an outfit in Columbus OH had about 100 of these, various years and they 3 different engines, Volvo, Fiat, BMW (I believe). They sold them for $12,000 and had black,,red and white for another $1500. They had all the remaining DeLoreans from the factory. They said you could not get fenders for other parts for the car as they were disposed of in Ireland. They also had 100 or so of the last of the 1981, 1982 Lancia Zagatos, these were retailing for $13 to $16000 and were sold by this outfit for $8000 to $9000. I bought one, not a bad car, but a lot of little things went wrong with it..
      • 3 Years Ago
      They just sold one on auction kings for 55k. It was an exact replica from the movie. No way in hell this thing would go for anymore than that.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I read that the "1955-modified" DeLorean time machine which was used for the off-road scenes used a modified VW Beetle platform.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Rear positive camber says you may be right.
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