Superhero memorabilia to be auctioned off

The auction will include costumes from movies and TV.
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David MacAnally/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - The American Superhero Museum in Indianapolis operated between January 2007 and January 2008 when it shut down without explanation. The facility on Louisiana Street near Union Station was mainly dedicated to Superman and Batman.

Now some 1,000 items from the defunct museum are headed for the auction block by court order. 

Antique Helper Auction House is assisting with the sale. Auction house owner Dan Ripley pointed out some of the costumes worn by the several actors who portrayed the "man of steel." Suits up for auction were worn by Christopher Reeve, Dean Cain and the original TV Superman George Reeves.

"Looks like long johns. Doesn't seem to fit as well," said Ripley of the 1950s era George Reeves costume. The costumes are among the most valuable artifacts up for auction.

There is a replica of the Batmobile from the 1960s movie. "I really want to see the bat boat," says Ripley. That, too, is available to the highest bidder.

There will be a great deal to see. An online catalogue of the pieces is expected to be posted on the Internet next week.

The auction is scheduled for Saturday, January 22. Learn more.