Most Famous Movie Props of All Time

atkins-bookshelf-moviesSome movie props are so iconic that they are more famous than the movie itself. A glimpse of or reference to such a prop instantly evokes the film, its milieu, and its deeper meaning. A perfect example is the leg lamp from A Christmas Story or the ruby slippers from Wizard of Oz. Some movie props have gained almost mythic status, like the black monolith in Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking 2001: A Space Odyssey or the sleigh in Orson Well’s brilliant masterpiece Citizen Kane.

Naturally, iconic movie props are a lucrative part of the movie industry, fetching millions of dollars at auction each year. There doesn’t seem to be a limit to what diehard cinephiles will spend to own a piece of movie history. For example, one collector spent $4.6 million to own the white dress that Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch. Here are some of the most famous movie props of all time (movie title followed by prop).

Back to the Future: DeLorean DMC-12 Time Machine and Marty McFly’s Hoverboard

Blade Runner: Deckard’s pistol

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Black Givenchy dress worn by Audrey Hepburn

Cast Away: Wilson (the volleyball)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: flying car

A Christmas Story: the leg lamp

Citizen Kane: Country cottage snow globe and Rosebud sleigh

Dirty Harry: Harry Callahan.44 Magnum

Friday the 13th Series: hockey mask

Ghost: potter’s wheel

Indiana Jones: the bullwhip and fedora

Lord of the Rings trilogy: the ring

Maltese Falcon: the Maltese falcon statute

The Matrix: the blue and red pills

My Fair Lady: Ascot dress worn by Audrey Hepburn

Say Anything: the boombox

Schindler’s List: the red coat

The Seven Year Itch: white dress worn by Marilyn Monroe

Star Wars IV: A New Hope: Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: the golden ticket

The Wizard of Oz: Dorothy’s ruby slippers

2001: A Space Odyssey: the black monolith

Read related posts: The Most Expensive Movie Props
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For further reading: http://www.firstshowing.net/2014/infographic-check-out-the-33-most-valuable-movie-props-of-all-time/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/movie-props/
http://www.props.eric-hart.com/features/25-memorable-film-props/

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