Julien’s to auction off Leon’ Glasses in November!!!

Taken? Liam Nissen?…….No, he wishes. I’m talking about the ever elusive, “no women no kids”, cold stare through reflective circular glasses assassin, named only…Leon. Directed by the incredibly talented, hugely artistic Luc Besson’, who brought you films like La Femme Nikita, The point of No Return, The Fifth Element, and…well I guess, Taken…with Liam Nissen. The film that started Natalie Portman’s career, launched Jean Reno into popularity, and stays fresh in the minds of thousands of cult followers even now. A little background….but I diverge…

This November, Julien’s Auction house will be offering up to one lucky fan, a pair of glasses worn by Jean Reno in the title role of Leon: The Professional. Only one other pair of these glasses have turned up, being sold by The Prop Store earlier this year, this will be the second pair, and most likely the last pair ever to surface. This, being my personal “holy grail” prop to own, that I have been searching for for a very long time, along with hundreds of others, with post’s and topics on prop boards around the web, has brought up a red flag to myself, and thought I would post here for all to see.

These glasses were worn by Jean reno, and features a signature vintage circular frame, made of wire covered in clear acrylic with tinted circular lenses. Like I have said I have been searching for these for a long time since it is my top film of all time. With the starting bid being $400, and the estimate being $800-$1200, I am estimating these glasses will go for upwards of 4-7k, just because of the rarity of this prop, and the direct provenance of coming from the collection of Simon Murray, the spectacle maker for the film.  And even though the price for the first pair sold by The Prop Store has not been disclosed, I know they reached a high number, and now reside in a private collection.

So you must be wondering, if this is his holy grail item, why would he be advertising them and not wanting to keep the auction close to his chest….because, even though I will be bidding on them, I don’t think my bank account will allow these to go in my collection, and I just cant help but bring anything from this movie to the light of day, for all the fans out there.

So be sure to check out the Julien’s auction here, and register to bid for the auction, this November 9th 2012!

Description:

A pair of clear plastic glasses with round smoke grey lenses and molded nose pads, worn by Jean Reno in Leon The Professional (Gaumont, 1994). This is one of several pairs of glasses made for the film. The clear plastic earpieces have gold metal wire running throughout and are inscribed “JUNIOR GAULTIER 58-0072.” Accompanied by a copy of the film.

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