Bela Lugosi's 'Dracula' Cape To Be Auctioned Off

The family of the actor best known for his role as Dracula in the 1931 film is parting with his cape. When he died in 1956, he was buried in costume — with a replica cape. He left the original with his son. Now it's going to be sold as part of an auction of Hollywood memorabilia. It's expected to get up to $2 million.

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business comes from Bela Lugosi.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "DRACULA")

BELA LUGOSI: (as Dracula) I am Dracula.

INSKEEP: That's the actor best known for his role for Dracula in the 1931 Hollywood film. When he died in 1956, he was buried in costume, but the cape was a replica. Lugosi wanted his son to have the original. Now the family is parting with that famous piece of cloth. It goes up for sale next month as part of an auction of Hollywood memorabilia. It's expected to sell for up to $2 million. That's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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And I'm Renee Montagne.

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