Here Are The 10 Most Expensive Movie Props Ever Sold At Auction

Some movie props are so iconic that they’re considered essential to some of history’s most important films. So is it any surprise that these items often seem to disappear from the movie set? Of course, you can only keep a prop in your home for so long before it inevitably finds its way onto the auction block.

Believe it or not, cinema hounds and collectors are willing to shell out big bucks for these kinds of memorabilia. When you realize just how much you’d have to invest to take home the most iconic props in Hollywood history, you might need to take out a second mortgage…

1. Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber: Perhaps no moment in movie history blew audiences’ minds more than in 1977, when Luke Skywalker activated his lightsaber for the first time in Star Wars. In 2008, fans had a chance to buy the Jedi’s iconic blade for themselves…

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope / 20th Century Fox

While the blade’s handle—the actual laser and whoosh sound effects weren’t included, sorry—was actually only made out of an old flashlight tube, it still sold for $240,000 at auction!

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2. Doc Brown’s DeLorean: In Back to the Future, Doc Brown fastened a fictional flux capacitor to a DeLorean—a flop of a car that boasted really cool upward opening doors—to make a time machine…

Back to the Future / Universal Pictures

The movie trilogy utilized six DeLoreans over the course of filming, two of which ended up restored and at Universal Studios Theme Parks. A third sold for $541,000 in 2011, the proceeds of which went to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

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3. Dorothy’s ruby red slippers: When Dorothy click-clacked her sparkling red heels together and loudly proclaimed “There’s no place like home,” a major moment in cinema was born. So it was no surprise the shoes received some serious attention at auction…

The Wizard of Oz / Loew’s, Inc.

The four pairs of surviving shoes each lived storied lives: one pair stood on display at the Smithsonian; another sold at auction for $666,000 in 2000; and, unbelievably, another pair was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum.

4. Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress: In 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Holly Golightly, played by Audrey Hepburn, got all dolled up and enviously peeked at the sparkling jewels in the Tiffany’s window while munching on a danish pastry. But it was her gorgeous black dress that really turned heads…

Breakfast at Tiffany’s / Paramount Pictures

In 2006, the famous garment’s selling price blew experts away. They’d expected the Givenchy dress to sell for maybe $138,000. Instead, it sold for $807,000! Can you imagine all the jewelry you could buy from Tiffany’s with that kind of cash?

Breakfast at Tiffany’s / Paramount Pictures

5. Steve McQueen’s racing suit: Le Mans starred Steve McQueen as Michael Delaney, a top-flight car racer looking to win the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans auto race. Years later, McQueen’s suit had cinephiles opening their wallets…

Le Mans / National General Pictures

After production, a man from the United Kingdom named Timothy Davies won the suit from a newspaper contest—get this—for free. Forty years later, in 2011, the suit sold at auction for $984,000.

6. The Cowardly Lion’s costume: In the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, the Cowardly Lion didn’t have much courage… but he had fur in spades! In fact, the whole hairy suit, worn by actor Bert Lahr, weighed 60 pounds on its own!

The Wizard of Oz / Loew’s, Inc.

The suits’ owners auctioned off the costume—which had been made with real lion hide—in New York and received $3 million in exchange! Sculptors then created a mask to fit in the suit so that it looked like Bert Lahr himself was still wearing it.

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7. Audrey Hepburn’s ascot dress: In the Academy Award-winning film My Fair Lady, Hepburn’s Eliza Doolittle wore one heck of a dress while at the Royal Ascot horse races. You can bet that Hepburn fans were racing to place high bids on it…

My Fair Lady / Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.

The film’s costume designer, Cecil Beaton, won an Academy Award for his efforts on the film—and his work didn’t go unappreciated by the public. In 2011, someone bought this stunning dress for $3.7 million.

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8. The Maltese Falcon: Detective Sam Spade, played by Humphrey Bogart, searched for the bejeweled Maltese Falcon statue that gave the classic noir film its name. But was the bird statue as valuable at the auction as it was in the film?

In 2013, the 45-pound, lead Maltese Falcon statue sold at auction for $4.1 million! A steep price, considering many weren’t sure if this was the actual prop used on the set. (Some have suggested the prop used in filming would have likely been made of plaster.)

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9. Marilyn Monroe’s dress: In the Seven Year Itch, the Girl, played by Marilyn Monroe, caught eyes across the country when subway steam blasted her white dress upwards, revealing, well… a lot.

The Seven Year Itch / 20th Century Fox

Actress Debbie Reynolds, who amassed her own collection, acquired the dress with the hopes of displaying it in a museum of movie memorabilia. When she couldn’t get the project up and running, however, she auctioned it off for $4.6 million.

10. James Bond’s car: The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 only spent 13 minutes on screen between the James Bond films Goldfinger and Thunderball, but that didn’t stop people from falling head-over-wheels for it…

In 1969, the Aston Martin sold for a measly $12,000 to radio executive Jerry Lee, and he kept the thing in storage for years. Decades later, in 2010, the car—once fitted with prop taillight guns and rotating license plates—sold for $4.6 million!

Those were some seriously expensive movie props sold at auction! What props from films would you be willing to spend big money on?

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