Some of the most famous movies in history were defined by really great props. Now collectors’ items, these mementos are worth a pretty penny. Most people hang movie posters to honor their favorite films, but the right amount of cash can buy some pretty amazing memorabilia.
Click through to find out which geeky collectibles could make you millions.
Robby the Robot
Movie: “Forbidden Planet”
Price: $5.3 million
The seven-foot-tall robot from the 1956 film “Forbidden Planet,” Robby the Robot sold for $5.3 million at Bonhams New York in November 2017. In a press release, the auction house revealed the lot also included the Jeep Robby drives on Altair IV, the auxiliary control panel and his original MGM packing crates. The name of the buyer was not disclosed.
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Maltese Falcon Statuette
Movie: “The Maltese Falcon”
Price: $4 million
In November 2013, the lead statuette of the Maltese Falcon from the 1941 film of the same name sold for $4 million at a Bonhams New York auction. According to the auction house, it was one of two known cast lead statuettes created for “The Maltese Falcon,” but the only one confirmed by Warner Bros. to have actually appeared in the film. The buyer’s identity was not revealed.
Marilyn Monroe’s White Dress
Movie: “The Seven-Year Itch”
Price: $5.6 million
One of the most famous movies of all time, “The Seven-Year Itch” was made memorable by Marilyn Monroe’s iconic white-pleated subway dress. Actress Debbie Reynolds sold the dress at a Beverly Hills, Calif., auction in June 2011 for $5.6 million, which is monumentally more than the $2 million it was expected to fetch, reported CNN.
Competition for the famed dress from the 1955 film was intense, as CNN revealed the bidding went on for 20 minutes until it was finally sold to an unnamed buyer.
Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber
Movie: “Star Wars” and “The Empire Strikes Back”
A lightsaber used by Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope” and in “Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” was sold to Ripley Entertainment for $450,000 in July 2017, reported the Orlando Sentinel. In December 2017, the lightsaber made its public debut at Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium in Hollywood, Calif., where it was set to be on display until mid-January 2018, according to a press release.
The lightsaber will tour in 2018 as part of Ripley’s 100th anniversary, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5
Movie: “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball”
Price: $4.6 million
Said to be one of two cars driven by Sean Connery as James Bond in “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball,” collector Harry Yeaggy of Ohio purchased the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 for what was said to be over $4.6 million when including auction fees in October 2010 at an auction in London, reported The New York Times. The other car used in the films was reported stolen from a Boca Raton airport hangar in 1997.
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Audrey Hepburn’s Ascot Dress
Movie: “My Fair Lady”
Price: $3.7 million
In the 1964 film “My Fair Lady,” Audrey Hepburn wore a stunning Ascot dress. Designed by legendary costume designer Cecil Beaton, actress Debbie Reynolds owned the historic gown until June 2011 when she auctioned it off, according to LiveAuctioneers. The dress was worth an estimated $200,000 to $300,000, but Reuters reported its selling price as $3.7 million. The buyer was not named.
Judy Garland’s Blue and White Gingham Dress
Movie: “The Wizard of Oz”
You might have seen this specific movie memorabilia before. “The Wizard of Oz” is one of the most popular movies ever made, and the blue and white gingham dress was worn by Judy Garland, who played Dorothy in the film, is instantly recognizable. The pinafore dress and the white puffy-sleeved blouse she donned throughout the 1939 film sold for $480,000 at auction in November 2012, reported Reuters. The buyer was not identified.
Dorothy’s Ruby Red Slippers
Movie: “The Wizard of Oz”
One of the most famous movie props of all time, Dorothy’s ruby red slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” were most recently auctioned at Christie’s East in 2000, where they garnered $666,000, according to Smithsonian.com.
Another pair of the sequined slippers was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minn., in 2005, according to the Associated Press. In July 2015, John Kelsch, the museum’s executive director, told the AP the shoes could be worth $2 million to $3 million now.
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Cowardly Lion Costume
Movie: “The Wizard of Oz”
Price: $3 million
“The Wizard of Oz” wouldn’t have been the same without the Cowardly Lion costume worn by actor Bert Lahr. James Comisar, the founder of the Los Angeles TV museum, sold the costume, which is made of real lion’s fur, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Cowardly Lion costume sold for $3 million at a Bonhams New York auction in November 2014, according to the auction house website. The buyer wasn’t listed.
Von Trapp Drapery Garments and Julie Andrews’ Brown Dress
Movie: “The Sound of Music”
Price: $1.3 million
If you’re a fan of “The Sound of Music,” you’ll certainly recall the iconic scene where Julie Andrews wore a brown dress and sang “Do-Re-Mi” to the Von Trapp children, who were clothed in garments made from drapery. In July 2013, these costumes from the 1965 film sold at auction for $1.3 million, according to the auction house Profiles in History. The buyer’s identity was not revealed.
Charlie Chaplin’s Cane
Movie: “Modern Times”
The “Tramp” cane used by Charlie Chaplin in the 1936 film “Modern Times” was sold at auction for $350,000 in July 2013, according to the auction house Profiles in History. The name of the buyer wasn’t revealed, but no doubt they’re thrilled to own one of the movie props used by the iconic actor.
Steve McQueen’s Racing Suit and Helmet
Movie: “Le Mans”
Among the most popular movies in the motorsport genre, the 1971 film “Le Mans” showcased fast cars and plenty of racing gear. In December 2017, the Gulf racing suit worn by Steve McQueen’s character Michael Delaney, along with its matching original Bell helmet and Nomex underwear, were auctioned to an unnamed buyer at Sotheby’s New York for $336,000.
Lotus Submarine Car
Movie: “The Spy Who Loved Me”
In September 2013, Tesla CEO Elon Musk bought the Lotus submarine car prop from the 1977 James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me” for $989,000 at an auction in London, reported USA Today. Musk told the newspaper he was disappointed as a child to learn the car couldn’t actually turn into a submarine and planned to upgrade it with a Tesla electric powertrain to try to make the transformation real.
‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ Car
Movie: “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”
One of the most historic movie props, the only working car from the 1968 film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” sold for $805,000 at auction in May 2011, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The price might sound high, but the unnamed buyer actually got a deal as the site revealed initial presale estimates indicated the car would go for $1 million to $2 million.
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Price: $3.4 million
Forget movie posters, someone actually owns the piano that Sam played “As Time Goes By” on in “Casablanca.” The piano was sold for $3.4 million during a November 2014 auction at Bonhams New York, according to the auction house website.
The lot description revealed this particular piano had never been sold at auction, but the other piano used in the film was auctioned for $602,500 at Sotheby’s New York in December 2012.