A Charlton Heston costume from "Ben-Hur"
Lot 1080
A Charlton Heston costume from "Ben-Hur"
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A Charlton Heston costume from "Ben-Hur"
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1959. A knee-length, brown nubby cotton tunic with decorative embroidery around the collar, cuffs, and hem; interior label reads "Established 1857 / Simmons / B.J. Simmons & Co. Ltd / 7 & 8 King St W.C.2" while "C. Heston" is handwritten on top portion; together with a brown, rust and yellow striped nubby cotton cloak, an entwined cord sash, and a multi-colored striped silk cumberbund (this last piece possibly worn with another costume in film). Heston first wears this ensemble when he goes to the Valley of the Lepers to see his mother and sister and then continues to wear it for most of the remainder of the film -- when he walks away from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, when he goes to see Pontius Pilate, etc. "Ben-Hur" held a nearly forty-year record for winning the most Academy Awards® (eleven, including Heston's for 'Best Actor in a Leading Role') until 1997's "Titanic," which tied by also winning eleven. Included is a color image showing Heston wearing this ensemble.


  • The current consignor purchased this costume at the now-famous 1970 MGM auction.
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