Movie Prop Memorabilia has become a favourite amongst die hard movie fans to own a piece of their favourite movie or TV show. Costumes, Props or any screen used item can be collected and some of those items are from iconic pieces of Hollywood history. Due to the nature of the hobby becoming more and more in demand the prices of these items vary quite considerably depending on its screen authenticity, the person who wore / used the item on screen and its significance within the movie or media. The more popular the item the higher the price naturally so with that said..
Welcome to the Top 10 most valuable movie props in the world right now!
Marilyn Monroe’s dress – $4.6m
The Marilyn Monroe costume is as iconic as the woman herself after the infamous rising dress sequence in New York as she stood over a subway gate. The dress itself has been naturally tarnished with time, fading into a yellowish brown colour. Never the less the demand for the dress and its place in Hollywood history will never devalue this piece. Easy one of the most valuable movie costumes out there in the world today.
Aston Martin DB5 – $4.1m
The most famous car in the world sold for $4.1m at auction in 2010, making it currently the 2nd most expensive piece of movie memorabilia in existence. The car showcases some special features as shown in the film. An ejector seat, tyre blades useful for de-roading, bullet proof windscreen, an inbuilt smoke machine and a pair of kick ass machine guns. A vintage classic reflects the high price of the car due to its significance in Goldfinger, where as the Skyfall DB5 alternative only fetched $500,000 at auction.
Chitty Bang Bang Car – $805,000
It doesn’t fly but it still remains one of the priciest movie collectibles out there on the market today, steeped in movie history this car is one for a seriously dedicated collector that’s for sure.
Worn by actor and racing enthusiast Steve McQueen. The suit McQueen wore in the film has racked up quite a speeding fine with the value of this item just shy of one million pounds ! Cheque please !
Featured in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) and worn by legendary actress Audrey Hepburn. The dress was sold at an auction at Christie’s in London, the money raised from the auction helped to fund the construction of a school in Calcutta.
Cowardly Lion Costume – $826,000
Bert Lahr played the wonderful Cowardly Lion in the film The Wizard of Oz (1939). The costume was made from real lion fur and human hair; synthetic fur had yet to be invented. Once the film had wrapped it was in the hands of one of the crew members who left it to grow old and deteriorate until it was restored by artisans. If you want a lion costume its going to cost you ALOT !
Audrey Hepburn’s My Fair Lady Dress – $4,551,000
Another of Audrey’s dresses sweeps into the top ten! Worn in My Fair Lady (1964) the dress was designed by renowned dress designer Cecil Beaton and is another iconic movie costume sold from the Debbie Reynolds collection. An original purchase of $100,000 for the outfit in 2001 and just like many props that increase in value with age the price tag now stands at 4.5 million ! Keep a hold of it as that baby is just going to keep increasing in value !
1970 Porsche 911S Steve McQueen – $1.375 Million
This car was owned by Hollywood actor Steve McQueen and featured in the opening sequence of the racing film classic Le Mans (1971). Like mentioned in the racing suit description, Steve McQueen was a racing car fanatic! The car has various cutomizations including air con, tinted windows and an electric sunroof. With top speeds of 124 mph this car is one piece of vintage Hollywood history.
James Bond Submarine Car – $860,000
Another Bond car in the top 10, not surprised in the slightest! The Lotus Esprit featured in the Roger Moore classic The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Six cars were used during filming but this model was the only car to actually transform into the submarine car. The car was designed by Perry Oceanographic and was fully capable of operating underwater. Only recently was this beautiful car on display at the Bond in Motion exhibition at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden.
Dorothy Ruby Slippers – $660,000
The famous ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz (1939) are the final item in our most valuable collection. Worn by Judy Garland there were a variety of shoes made for the movie. $612,000 was the price paid for the pair of test slippers, but another pair used in the film was recently purchased from Profiles in History and shown on their hit TV show Hollywood Treasure. This pair sold by Profiles was the infamous ‘Clicking heels’ pair which fetched a mouth watering $3 million in auction.