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Bela Lugosi's 'Dracula' cape up for auction

Monday, October 31, 2011 - 00:58

Oct. 31- You can own a piece of Hollywood horror history, as the cape that Bela Lugosi wore in the 1931 classic, ''Dracula'', is auctioned off. Andrew Schmertz reports.

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For horror movie fans, it could be the equivalent of the Holly Grail. The original cape that Bela Lugosi wore in the 1931 horror classic, Dracula, is being auctioned off. According to the auction house "Profiles in History," the cape could fetch between 1.5 and 2 million U.S. dollars. SOUNDBITE: HEAD OF ACQUISITIONS FOR AUCTION HOUSE, "PROFILES IN HISTORY", BRIAN CHANES (ENGLISH) "The Bela Lugosi cape from 'Dracula'.. the cape was a signature part of this character. He would envelope his victims and his prey. It has never been released and it has never been offered for sale. This has been literally in the Lugosi collection since 1931 and it's remained there ever since." Lugosi made his name in early horror films. He was buried in his Dracula costume in 1956-- except for the cape, which he left for his son. The auction will be held in December in Beverly Hills. Andrew Schmertz, Reuters

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Bela Lugosi's 'Dracula' cape up for auction

Monday, October 31, 2011 - 00:58