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We were asked by Money Supermarket to look at some of the famous pieces which have gone under the auctioneer’s gavel in recent years and there’s enough here to tempt even the most parsimonious penny-pinching cinephile.
Let’s get started with something for the home shall we?
1927 Metropolis poster
This rare three sheet poster for Fritz Lang’s Metropolis was put up for sale by The Movie Poster Exchange earlier this year for an estimated $850,000. It is one of only four in existence and the only other copy not in a museum is reportedly on the walls of Leonardo DiCaprio’s house, probably in his bedroom.*
Lang’s 1927 film is undoubtedly a masterpiece and its shadow of influence looms large over the sci-fi genre today, this iconic poster is likewise a masterpiece of design – is it worth this high price tag? It’s only money after all…
Estimated price: $850,000
Sold: 2012, in a private auction
Worth it? Perfect for hanging next to your Man Holding a Baby and Tennis Player with no knickers posters, although I doubt that Athena would have this beauty in store. Actually, I’m not sure if Athena have any stores anymore. Sad face.
The Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz
Another iconic item from Hollywood’s distant past here, and there can be few props as distinctive as the Ruby Slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 movie version of The Wizard of Oz.
The various surviving pairs have been on and off the auction stand for many years, in 2000 a pair of the 4½ size shoes went for $660,000 and you can be sure that the price will continue to rise.
You can read Salman Rushdie’s wonderful piece ‘At the Auction of the Ruby Slippers’ here and it’s absolutely worth your time.
Estimated price: $660,000
Sold: This pair in 2000, other pairs are floating around, or being worn you’d assume.
Worth it? If you’re not skipping down to the shops every day in these then you don’t deserve to wear them. Undoubtedly one of the most iconic pieces of movie memorabilia.
James Bond’s Walther pistol as used in From Russia With Love
It’s a gun as used by James Bond – what more do you need? Why aren’t you rifling through pockets for change? You’d need deep pockets though (or lots of shallower ones) as this pretty firearm went for $437,000. You’d expect whoever bought it to have an Aston Martin or two in the garage to complete the look.
Estimated price: $437,000
Sold: This item went for fourteen times its expected price in 2010. Rumours that a man with a white cat was in the auction house are unfounded. And by that I mean that I made it up for ‘comic’ effect.
Worth it? You can swan around your pad in the nude waving this little piece around and no-one will think any less of you.