Movie stars have always had an enticing quality. Decades pass by but fans remain true to them and every item attached to them and their movies. Sometimes possessing something as trivial as a shoe or a dress worn by an actor in a block buster movie gains more relevance than the price you need to offer to possess one. Here’s a list of some of the most expensive movie memorabilia auctions ever.
10. The flying car from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang:
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 British musical film loosely based on Ian Fleming’s novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car. The car which was used in the film as the flying car called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was another movie prop that was bought at an exceptionally high price. As per a report by BBC, a Florida collector bought it for $505,000 almost four decades after it was used in the movie.
9. Light Saber Luke Sky Walker from Star Wars:
A light saber is a weapon that garnered popularity in the Star Wars universe. Since this is a movie franchise with an avid fan base it is not surprising that the one used by Luke Sky Walker was in great demand too. So after over three decades when Luke Sky walker’s light saber went for auction fans lined up to grab the memorabilia. It was then bought by an ardent fan of the star war series for $240,000. That’s a huge amount for a prop!
8. The Cowardly Lion costume from the Wizard of Oz:
The Wizard of Oz made in 1939 is a movie whose props are now amongst the most precious film memorabilia of all times. The Oz lion costume used in the film was made up of real lion pelts and was among the most coveted items on auction site eBay. This cowardly lion outfit worn by actor Bert Lahr was sold at $700,000. This lion being one of the most well-known characters in movie history, the price fetched is definitely not unexpected.
7. The little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s:
Audrey Hepburn wore an evening gown of black Italian satin designed by Hubert de Givenchy in her 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This sleeveless, floor-length gown is one of the most iconic dresses in movie history. Infact it wouldn’t be wrong to say that it is infact the most popular little black dress ever! It was sold for $923,187 at a 2006 auction for charity.
6. Ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz:
In the 1939 American fantasy adventure film The Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland while starring as Dorothy Gale wore ruby slippers. Today after over seven decades is one of the most valuable film memorabilia in movie history. A number of pairs were reportedly made but as of today about five pairs are known to exist. In 1970 one pair was sold at $15,000 which was exceptionally high for those times. Another pair was sold for $666,000 at auction in 2000, again a huge amount!
5. Pink Dress of Marilyn Monroe:
In the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, an adaption of the 1949 stage musical, Monroe wore a pink dress in her rendition of the song “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”. That dress is one of the most popular movie prop ever. It has been copied by several actresses and singers after that which includes Madonna, Nicole Kidman and Christina Aguilera. This dress was auctioned in 2010 and was sold for $310,000.
4. Pistol from the From Russia With Love poster:
The poster of the James bond film From Russia With Love had Connery posing with a gun. Now this Walther Pistol was in the poster but never used in the movie. The story goes that at the photo shoot there was no gun present and hence this air pistol which belonged to the photographer was used by Connery. For James Bond fans, this pistol had great value which was proved when it went for a whopping $437,501 at a 2010 auction.
3. Car used by Elvis in Spinout:
Spinout was a musical comedy film which starred Elvis as a part time race-car driver. It was the car that he used in that movie to tow his own car that rose to become one among the many iconic memorabilia associated with him. Well considering his popularity, it was only natural. So this car which was a Model J Duesenberg was sold for $1.2 million at an auction held in 2011.
2. Star Wars Panavision R-200 Movie Camera:
It is the world’s most expensive camera to be ever sold. Through its lens this camera, which was taken from Debbie Reynold for auction, had captured the scenes of one of the world’s most loved movie sagas – Star Wars! This Star Wars Panavision R-200 was given for auction by Profiles in History. It fetched an astounding $625,000 at the auction.
1. The White Gown of Marilyn Monroe from The Seven Year Itch:
In the 1955 American film ‘The Seven Year Itch’ Monroe was seen standing on a subway grate as her white dress got blown by a passing train. That still is one of the most popular scenes in the celluloid history. This pleated white halter dress is an iconic piece of clothing and Monroe wearing it made it all the more special. It was sold at an auction for 4.6 million dollars. It is definitely the world’s most expensive dress and fit to labelled as the greatest in the list of movie memorabilia auctions of all time!