Novelty items from famous movies have been known to fetch a pretty penny over the years, as die-hard fans want to get hold of the things that were used by their silver screen idols. Often, the memorabilia is auctioned off to the highest bidder, and sometimes the prices can reach ludicrous heights. Here we take a look at some of the most expensive film items ever sold.
Luke Skywalker’s Lightsabre
Star Wars is one of the most successful film franchises of all time, with the series raking in over C$108 billion worldwide. The iconic space adventure has been a mainstay in popular culture over the years, and many viewers have fantasised about using the force and wielding a lightsabre. Fans of the original films were keen to get their hands on the hero’s weapon, and Luke Skywalker’s lightsabre from the original 1977 film Star Wars: A New Hope fetched C$393,700 at auction.
Most people will be able to picture the dress that Dorothy wore in The Wizard of Oz, as the picture is one of the best-loved and most memorable films ever made. The dress that Judy Garland donned as Dorothy as she followed the yellow brick road was a blue cotton number with an intricate chequered pattern. The ruby slippers that Garland wore sold for around C$20,000 each, while the iconic dress was bought for an astonishing C$2.5 million.
Doctor Emmet Brown’s DeLorean from the Back to the Future trilogy is one of the most recognizable and iconic film props of all time. The mad scientist played brilliantly by Christopher Lloyd took an ordinary car and turned it into a method of time travel. To travel through time, all the Doc and Marty McFly had to do was get the car up to 88 miles per hour. There were seven made for the films, and years later one of them was sold for over C$820,000.
The Elder Wand
The Elder Wand was one of the Deathly Hallows in Harry Potter and a seriously powerful weapon in the wizarding world. Lord Voldemort was hell-bent on getting his evil hands on it towards the end of the series, but he was frustrated by the fact that he wasn’t able to wield it. Hardcore fans of the magical adventure have also been exceptionally keen to get their paws on the prize which had been handled by the legendary Ralph Fiennes, and one wannabe wizard paid just under C$19,000 for it at an auction in California in 2013.
These are some notable items from films that have sold for large sums of money, but there have been many more. For instance, James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger sold for nearly C$5.8 million, and the car from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang went for C$1,090,000.