10. Best Picture Oscar (Gone with the Wind 1939)
At the 12th Academy Awards, this hit film, starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, smashed records by winning eight Oscars out of its 13 nominations. One of their wins was ‘Best Picture’ and in 1999 pop superstar Michael Jackson bought the Oscar statuette awarded to this movie for a staggering $1.54 million.
9. T-800 Endoskeleton : (Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991)
The T-800 is the Terminator model famous for travelling back in time to kill Sarah Connor before she could give birth to the future leader of the human resistance. The model sold for $488,750 and played one of Arnie’s Terminator buddies in the opening of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
8. Captain America’s motorcycle : (Easy Rider 1969)
This 1969 classic managed to provide an insightful and honest look at the counter culture of the 1960s. Of the four motorcycles used to shoot the iconic film, only one survived – Captain America’s chopper. It was actually demolished during the shoot and then rebuilt, after which it was sold at auction for $1.35 million. The other three bikes used in the film were stolen before it was even released.
7. Aragorn’s Sword : (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the Kind 2003)
Four copies of this legendary sword were made and used while filming and the only one to come up for public auction sold for $437,000.
6. Doc Brown’s DeLorean : (Back to the Future franchise 1985 -90)
A total of seven DeLoreans were customised for the films, but only three are known to remain, with the record sale price being $541,000. One can be rented for $1,500 a day but for display purposes only unfortunately!
5. Dorothy’s dress : (The Wizard of Oz 1939)
Everything Judy Garland wore in the Wizard of Oz has since turned to gold – her ruby slippers may be iconic, but many pairs were used and most of the remaining pairs aren’t in great condition. However a dress which was worn in test shoots sold for $1,119,300. Dorothy’s white and blue outfit is the most recognisable and the most valuable: the costume has sold for $1.56 million.
4. Audrey Hepburn’s Ascot Dress : (My Fair Lady 1964)
Hepburn remains one of the most famous actresses in history and in My Fair Lady she played one of her most famous roles, Eliza Dolittle. The white Ascot dress she wears in the film was created for Hepburn by famous fashion designer, Cecil Beaton and it’s considered by many to be his greatest work. It has sold at auction for between $3.7 and $4.5 million.
3. The Piano in Rick’s Cafe Americain : (Casablanca 1942)
Pianos are pretty common props in movies but few go on to become serious collector’s items. This particular piano is the centrepiece for many of the film’s most important conversations and it sold at auction for $3.4 million.
2. James Bond’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5 : (Goldfinger 1964 and Thunderball 1965)
Featuring in not one but two Bond films, this car proves that you don’t need time travel abilities to fetch a high price. While all the gadgets don’t necessarily work, it still sold for $4,107,560.
1. Marilyn Monroe’s white dress : (The Seven Year Itch 1955)
This is undoubtedly one of the most famous pieces of movie memorabilia in Hollywood history and it’s also one of the most important pieces of clothing in the fashion industry. The shot of it being blown in the air by the New York subway grate is one of film history’s most iconic images. At $5.6 million it can’t be beaten!