Marilyn Monroe’s pearl-encrusted mermaid dress and a real Willy Wonka golden ticket are among the movie prop items to be sold for $7.9 million.
- Iconic pieces of Hollywood cinema history have fallen under the hammer
- Classic movie props and costumes brought in $7.9 million
- About 1,700 online bidders have tried to get pieces of movie history
Pieces of American cinema history were sold at an auction in Dallas, Texas where bidders had the opportunity to acquire some of cinema’s most iconic props and costumes.
Items that went under the hammer on Saturday, December 17, have become a part of American history, from the golden age of Hollywood cinema to some of the blockbusters of the modern era.
More than 1,700 online bidders bid for props in the Hollywood & Entertainment Signature auction, which raised $7.9 million.
From The Wicked Witch of the West’s hourglass from 1939’s Wizard of Oz to Captain America’s shield in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, classic props from every era of Hollywood cinema were up for grabs.
“From the moment this auction was announced last month, there has been an extraordinary interest and passion in everything on offer,” said Joe Maddalena, Executive Vice President of Heritage Auctions.
I knew it was going to do well, but from the first batch to the last, it exceeded all expectations.
“The most satisfying thing is that these pieces go to their new caretakers as I am blown away by the memories and magic they carry with them.”
Some of the props up for sale at auction included: A “test” dress worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1939), which sold for $125,000. Dick Van Dyke’s candy-colored jacket from Mary Poppins (1964), which grossed $200,000; Dress worn by Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music (1965), purchased for $100,000; A modified 1961 Beetle from Herbie Goes Bananas (1980) sold for $212,500.
As the sale was the first the Y-Wing ever built for the Star Wars franchise, which raised $175,000; the Freddy Krueger shaving glove used by Robert Englund in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1984), which fetched $112,500; William Wallace Claymore’s sword and sheath from Braveheart (1995) sells for $275,000; and a The Captain America shield used by Chris Evans in Avengers: Endgame (2019) has sold for $162,500.
$495,000: The Wicked Witch of the Western Hourglass from The Wizard of Oz was one of the best selling items. It is one of the most iconic films of all time when the golden age of Hollywood was at its peak. In the film, the Wicked Witch, played by Margaret Hamilton, turns the hour glass to indicate when she will return to kill Dorothy. In the movie, the hourglass is shot and explodes on the ground as Dorothy and her friends try to escape. Soon after, Dorothy throws water at the witch to dissolve the witch.
$447,000: One of the earliest items ever offered for sale was Charlton Heston’s iconic robe from the 1956 movie The Ten Commandments. Heston wore the robe in the film during the iconic scene where he raises his arms and staff to part the Red Sea. Artist and designer Arnold Friberg was gifted with the robe after his portrayal of his work on film, holding it until his death in 2010. The film was nominated for Best Picture at the 1957 Academy Awards.
$100,000: Marilyn Monroe’s pearl mermaid dress from The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) was another piece of classic movie memorabilia that fell under the hammer. Monroe wore the dress during most of the romantic drama where she starred alongside Laurence Olivier. In the film, a 1911 European regent arrives in London to crown a new king. Played by Oliver, the guardian falls in love with a musical theater actress, played by Monroe. She has learned of a coup d’état in the Regent’s country and she must work to prevent his country from spiraling into instability.
$212,500: Arnold Schwarzenegger rode a 1991 Harley-Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy in James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day. It is one of the most famous motorcycles in the history of cinema. In the film, a shape-shifting robot is sent to kill a young boy who is the key to the world’s victory over a robot uprising. Schwarzenegger, playing a T-800 droid sent by the future, races on a motorcycle to protect the boy. The movie grossed $78 million at the box office.
$137,500: A 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory golden ticket sold at auction. Protagonist Charlie wins a ticket at Wonka’s Bar to be allowed entry to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. The film is an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1964 book. The film grossed $475 million at the box office.
$300,000: The ivory-white gingham bikini worn by Ursula Andress Honeyrider in 1962’s Doctor No is an iconic piece of James Bond memorabilia. The Swiss-German actress starred alongside Sean Connery in what many consider to be one of the best Bond films of all time. In the scene, Bond watches Honey Ryder come out of the sea onto the beach as she sings. She is surprised when she first meets Bond, as he collects large shells from the beach. Andress designed the white bikini with the film’s designer, Tessa Prendergast.
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