NEW YORK, NY (PRWEB) November 27, 2012
One of two iconic 1949 Buick Roadmaster convertible cars used in the acclaimed 1988 United Artists film “Rain Man,” starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, and directed by Barry Levinson, by Heritage Auctions on Dec. 14 is part of an Entertainment & Music Memorabilia auction, in conjunction with Toy Car Exchange (http://www.toycarexchange.com).
“This car is a crucial character in the film,” said Margaret Barrett, Director of Entertainment & Music Memorabilia at Heritage. “The plot essentially revolves around this beautiful vehicle, making it more than just a piece of screen-used memorabilia. It’s the catalyst for the entire movie – a movie for which Hoffman also won an Academy Award®.”
“We are very pleased to have found this exquisite car and hope it will find a home with a true collector,” said Alicia Belzberg, CEO of Toy Car Exchange.
Rain Man famously tells the story of Charlie Babbitt, a selfish yuppie of questionable ethics played expertly by Tom Cruise, who learns that his estranged father has died, bequeathing his entire fortune to his other son, Raymond, an autistic savant brilliantly portrayed by Dustin Hoffman. All that Cruise’s character gets from his father are his prized rosebushes and the car.
The car is a two-door convertible with beige exterior, red interior, Straight-8 Fireball 8 cylinders, 320 c.u. inches engine size, 2-speed Dynaflow automatic transmission with a modified rear suspension to hold the extra weight of the camera equipment (and the cameraman when he had to shoot while sitting in the trunk).
“For a true Hollywood collector or film buff,” said Barrett, “this is a plum prize – one of the great screen-featured automobiles from the 1980s from one of the best films of the decade.”
Heritage Auctions is far and away the largest auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $800 million, and 750,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com
Toy Car Exchange is an online auction marketplace for rare collectible toy cars and real 1:1 collectible automobiles. Toy Car Exchange has access to the largest inventory of rare collectible toy cars in the world. To view the TCE auctions please visit http://www.toycarexchange.com
Noah Fleisher, Public Relations Director
Alicia Belzberg, CEO Toy Car Exchange