The Most Expensive Movie Props

atkins-bookshelf-moviesSome cinephiles are content to own a DVD version or poster of their favorite film. Diehard cinephiles, however, want to own a part of movie history — a precious prop from a notable film. Movie props are a lucrative part of the movie industry, fetching millions of dollars at auction each year. Actress Debbie Reynolds, a popular actress from the 1960s (and mother of Carrie Fisher, the unforgettable, plucky Princess Leia), has one of the world’s largest film memorabilia collections worth over $50 million (most items were sold at auction in 2011). While relatively affordable props can be purchased on auction websites like EBay and Propstore, the really rare and iconic movie props, like the Maltese Falcon, can only be purchased at long-established auction houses like Christies. If you happen to be a movie and car lover, be prepared to have really deep pockets. Interestingly, the most expensive movie prop of all time is not a car, but a dress. 

The white dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in “The Seven Year Itch”: $4.6 million

The elegant ascot dress that Audrey Hepburn wore in “My Fair Lady”: $4.5 million

The Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in “Goldfinger” (2 were originally made): $4.1 million

1970 Porsche 911S driven by Steve McQueen in “Le Mans”: $1.4 million

The Le Mans Racing Suite worn by Steve McQueen in “Len Mans”: $984,000

The black Givenchy dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”: $923,187

Cowardly Lion costume worn by Bert Lahr in “The Wizard of Oz” (2 were originally made): $826,000

The flying car from “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (6 were originally made): $805,000

Pair of ruby slippers that Judy Garland wore in “The Wizard of Oz” (6 or 7 were originally made): $660,000

The DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future trilogy (7 were originally made): $541,000

The Maltese Falcon from “The Maltese Falcon” (two were made of lead; a third was made of resin): $398,500

Blaster Gun used by Harrison Ford in “Blade Runner”: $270,00

Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber from Star Wars (used in “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back”): $240,000

The “Rosebud” sled from “Citizen Kane” (pine wood version; three others were made of balsa. Steven Spielberg owns one of the balsa sleds): $233,500

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2 thoughts on “The Most Expensive Movie Props

  1. Perhaps this belongs in “Easter Eggs in Movies” but Joe Dante owns other surviving balsa wood Rosebud sled. He’s used it in Eerie Indiana, Explorers and Gremlins 2.

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