This is so much George Clooney’s year that a seller of Hollywood memorabilia thinks he can earn up to $100,000 by auctioning off the costume the Oscar-nominated actor wore in one of his biggest flops -- the much maligned “Batman and Robin.”
Joe Maddalena of the auction house Profiles in History says he plans to sell off Clooney’s Batman suit from the 1997 movie that some fans list as among the worst ever made in an auction March 31 along with several other costumes from the film.
Maddalena said the latex body suit contains all sorts of extras -- nipples, a cape and a cowl, gloves, bat ears and a utility belt.
But the auctioneer said that the costume would probably have sold for about $30,000 two or three years ago when Clooney was less of a star than he is now.
The actor/director/screenwriter is up for three Oscars: best supporting actor in “Syriana,” best director for “Good Night, and Good Luck” and best original screenplay as coauthor of the “Good Night” script.
“Clooney is hot. He is the leader of an unofficial Rat Pack. People have fallen in love with him. He is the bad boy we always love. The nominations also help,” Maddalena said Thursday.
The Batman costume has the highest estimate in the auction which will consist of about 600 items from different films. Maddalena thinks he might get a shipment of costumes from “Star Wars” that will even outshine Clooney’s bright star.