There are many people who would like to own a piece of movie memorabilia. Sometimes, they will spend astronomical amounts of money to obtain these props at auction. Here are 10 that you may find hard to believe.
One of the most famous movies ever made by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers was Gay Divorcee. In this Oscar-winning film that premiered in 1934, Ginger Rogers is seen driving a 1929 Duesenberg Model J with a disappearing convertible top. Two things made this car particularly valuable. First, Ginger Rogers owned the car, and secondly, there were only 460 cars of this model ever made. This car brought $2,365,000 at auction in August 2013.
The white subway dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in The Seven Year Itch was bought for $5.6 million in 2011. The dress was not the only expensive thing of Monroe’s to sell that night in Beverly Hills, California. Buyers paid more than $1.47 million for the gown and hat she wore in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. This was not the only time that Monroe’s dresses have sold for astronomical amounts as the dress she wore to sing Happy Birthday Mr. President sold for more than $4.8 million.
Joanne Woodward gave her husband Paul Newman a Rolex watch that he wore in the 1969 movie Winning, which starred the couple. The watch, which became known as the Daytona, sparked an interest in many buyers for that style of watch. In 2017, the original watch that Woodward gave Newman fetched $17.8 million at auction.
When you hear the word suit, you may instantly think of the great actors who have dressed up in movies such as Robert Redford in the Great Gatsby or Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca. The most expensive suit ever sold at auction, however, was the driving suit worn by Steve McQueen in Le Mans. A buyer was willing to lay out $984,000 in 2011.
Montie Montana’s spurs that he wore at least twice in The Rifleman and in Mail Order Groom fetched $14,375. The spurs also appeared in more than 50 Pasadena Rose Bowl Parades. Adding to these spurs value was the fact that they were made by Edwin H. Bohlin who was one of the most famous saddle makers when the west was young. The spurs were Montie’s personal property, and he wore them many times throughout his acting career.
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