Someone has listed a costume worn by Robert Taylor as Marcus Vinicius in Quo Vadis for sale on ebay. This is the seller’s description:
“Up for auction is a very rare piece of film and American history. This outfit was worn by Robert Taylor playing General Marcus Vinicinus in the epic movie Quo Vadis put out by MGM in 1951. The costume designer, Hershel McCoy, was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on this movie.
This item was originally purchased at the famous MGM auctions of 1970. Unfortunately, time has not been kind to most of the costume. We acquired it a couple of years ago and it had not been stored properly to preserve the costume.
The real value of this auction is the sandals and calf guards which are still in displayable condition. I could never break up the piece though, so you will also be receiving the tunic and dress uniform as seen in the photos.”
The calf guards are in the best condition showing minor fraying. There are lion heads on both sides of the cuffs. They are missing the string that secured them to Robert Taylor’s legs. The sandals have some minor gold leaf missing, what look like moth marks on the bottom and one of the sandals is missing its metal fastener.
Both the tunic and dress uniform are quite dirty. The tunic has quite a few moth holes. The dress uniform appears to be constructed using gold leaf which on some parts of the skirt and shoulders has come off completely. The gold leaf continues to come off when disturbed. From comparing with stills from the movie, the skirt is also missing lion heads which adorned the waist.
The dress uniform is marked “R. Taylor” “M.G.M.” on the inside.
I took a lot of pictures so you can see the condition better.
I am starting this auction out at only $79 and we will just see where it goes! The auction house Profiles in History sold a pair of hero gladiator sandals from another film for over $1,400, you could end up with a great deal. One thing is for sure, you won’t see a piece like this come up on eBay for quite some time.
Please note: I am not the seller and have no interest, personal or financial, in these items. This is only for fun.