Most Expensive Movie Props Ever Sold: 'Breakfast At Tiffany's,' 'Back To The Future,' 'Star Wars' And More
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Earlier this week, a New York Times feature revealed that Michelle Williams' Marilyn Monroe wig (yes, it was a wig) in "My Week With Marilyn" cost $4,000.
While there are no plans (yet) to sell the blonde locks on the open market, if it did happen, they would join a long list of movie memorabilia that have been auctioned off to fans and collectors.
From "Breakfast at Tiffany's" to "Goldfinger" to "Star Wars," some film lovers take their fandom to a whole new level by buying props from their favorite movies. (There's even an auction house called Profiles in History dedicated to selling this sort of thing.)
In honor of collectors worldwide, let's take a look at some of the most expensive movie props ever sold.
Flying Car, 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'
The famous flying car driven by Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) <a href="http://www.insideline.com/ford/chitty-chitty-bang-bang-fails-to-soar-at-auction.html" target="_hplink">was sold at auction last year for $805,000,</a> far less than the $1-2 million it was expected to go for.
Aston Martin DB5, 'Goldfinger'
James Bond's favorite mode of transportation sold for an astounding $4.1 million back in 2010. However, this was no ordinary car. <a href="http://articles.nydailynews.com/2010-10-28/news/27079402_1_aston-martins-goldfinger-and-thunderball-george-lazenby" target="_hplink">As the AP points out</a>, the DB5 came equipped with an ejector seat, machine guns, rotating license plates and other spy gear.
Luke's Lightsaber, 'Star Wars'
Obviously, this isn't the first "Star Wars" prop to be auctioned off. However, it is one of the priciest. This Jedi weapon of choice, used by Mark Hamill himself, <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1094065/Use-profit-Luke-Lightsaber-used-Luke-Skywalker-Star-Wars-sold-133-000.html" target="_hplink">sold for $212,141 in 2008</a>.
Black Dress, 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'
Audrey Hepburn's famous sleeveless gown sold for an astonishing $923,187 at a 2006 auction at Christie's. <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6209658.stm" target="_hplink">The dress was one of three made for the actress</a>.
DeLorean DMC-12, 'Back to the Future III'
This would make Doc Brown proud. One of the cars used in the third "Back to the Future" <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/27/delorean-sells-for-541k-back-to-the-future_n_1171549.html" target="_hplink">sold for $541,000 in December 2011</a>. (Hoverboard not included.)
Porsche 911 + Racing Suit, 'Le Mans'
This 1971 action film scored not one but two major sales in 2011. First up was the Porsche 911 Steve McQueen drove in the opening scene of the movie, <a href="http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2011/08/20/mcqueen-porsche-911-hammers-for-1-25-million/" target="_hplink">which went for $1.25 million</a>. Three months later, McQueen's racing suit snagged $984,000 -- <a href="http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2011/12/21/records-indeed-steve-mcqueen-le-mans-suit-sells-for-984000/" target="_hplink">way more than its $200,000-$300,000 estimate</a>.
Maltese Falcon, 'The Maltese Falcon'
The "jewel-encrusted statuette" from the classic 1941 Humphrey Bogart movie was sold in 1994 for $398,500 to Ronald Winston, <a href="http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1994-12-07/news/9412070081_1_maltese-falcon-ronald-winston-harry-winston-jewelry" target="_hplink">president of the New York-based Harry Winston jewelry chain</a>.
Blaster, 'Blade Runner'
The futuristic gun used by Deckard (Harrison Ford) in Ridley Scott's sci-fi masterpiece <a href="http://blastr.com/2009/05/blade-runner-gun-auctione.php" target="_hplink">sold for $270,000 in 2009</a>. (Considering it's not a real gun, it likely won't do much to keep the replicants at bay.)