top 5 movie props you’ll never be able to afford
5 Maltese Falcon
The Maltese falcon from its namesake film sold at auction for $398,500 in 1994; one can only imagine that its price has skyrocketed since then. The entire film is based around this icon, and even those who have never seen the film or read the book have heard of the Maltese falcon. A handful of statues were made for the film, and the original is displayed in Warner Bros.’ movie museum. The one auctioned off was one of two lead-and-resin versions (weighing 47 lbs. each) which are now valued at more than $2 million.
4 Steve McQueen’s Porsche / Racing Suit from “œLe Mans”
The 1970s 911S sold for around $1.375 million at its last auction. A few months later, the suit that McQueen wore in the film sold for $984,000 (far over what it was estimated to be worth, which was about $200- to $300,000). It is considered one of the most expensive pieces of auto memorabilia to this day. In 1971, a 12-year-old boy who answered three questions about “œLe Mans”correctly won the suit in a giveaway. As for the car, it may not seem like the beefiest piece of equipment by today’s standards, but it was “œLe Mans”magic back in the day. The movie version of the car featured A/C, leather interiors, and all sorts of great luxury features ““ apparently unavailable to most consumer buyers of the 911S at the time. These cars go for a lot at auction anyways, so it’s no wonder the King of Cool’s sold for such a high price.
3 “œChitty Chitty Bang Bang”Car
Powered by a Ford 3000 V6 engine, the GEN 11 car that flew Dick Van Dyke and his crew around was auctioned off for $805,000 a few years back; these days it’s probably worth around $2 million. It doesn’t fly, but it does have an automatic transmission and the legacy of being built by Alan Mann Racing ““ a hell of a racing team back in the heyday of 1960s racing.
2 Audrey Hepburn’s Black Dress
Hubert de Givenchy, who designed much of Hepburn’s wardrobe ““ both personal and professional ““ designed the “œLittle Black Givenchy”dress Audrey Hepburn wore in “œBreakfast at Tiffany’s.”The dress sold at a charity auction for $923,187. Interestingly enough, the original dress design showed off too much leg, so Edith Head redesigned the lower half. None of the original three dresses made by Givenchy were actually shown in the film (we all saw the Edith Head versions). After the movie was filmed, Hepburn and Head destroyed the redesigns. The three that exist today are the dresses that Hepburn originally showed the studio, now displayed in museums and carefully maintained. In case you’re wondering where the money from the auction went, it helped build a school for the poor in Calcutta.
1 Aston Martin DB5 “œGoldfinger”Car
Thanks to “œGoldfinger,”the world came to know and love the DB5. This Aston can fetch 282 bph, and get you from zero to 60 in 7.1 seconds, but the Bond version also comes equipped with ejector seats and machine guns. Actually, the original prototype was stripped of all this cool stuff, but new owners added it back on later. Though the DB5 is slowly fading from being “œthe most popular car in the world,”Bond fans, car aficionados, and the older gen all know how sick the DB5 is. Want it? Be prepared to fork out at least $4.1 million, because that’s what it went for at its last auction.
So there you have it. If you want to own one of these five coveted film props, you may want to reassess your dreams, or at least figure out how to become a multi-millionaire.