From Mulder's badge to Skywalker's lightsaber, the most expensive movie props
A new infographic lines up Frodo's sword, the Ghostbusters' proton pack, Dorothy's ruby slippers, and more in order of (astronomical) price paid.
As a reader of Crave, you might consider spending more for George Lucas' Panavision PSR 35mm camera (the one he shot "Star Wars IV: A New Hope" with) than you would for an old dress, but not everyone thinks the same way. That's why in a new infographic released by eBay (see below for a larger version), Marilyn Monroe's dress from "The Seven Year Itch" is at the top, having raked in $4.6 million, while Lucas' camera is a bit farther down, having only grabbed $625,000.
The infographic is nicely laid out along a vintage-style shot of the Empire State building crowned by a roaring King Kong, in a nod to something called a "metal armature" of the giant ape that sold for $200,000. Because the infographic is a little light on details, I investigated that one further and found that it was the 22-inch internal skeleton of the Kong model used in the 1933 movie, and sold in 2009.
While that's extraordinarily cool, I think that for that kind of money, I might have had to go with Frodo's sword Sting from "The Fellowship of the Ring," ($65,000), plus the flamethrower from "Alien" ($37,500), plus a handy-dandy velociraptor cage from "Jurassic Park" ($100,000). And for good measure, I'd throw in Mulder's ($6,000) FBI badge from "The X-Files," which is probably my favorite thing on the list. I could totally see myself rehearsing my best "Ef. Bee. Aye." in the mirror whilst flashing the cred. I know that adds up to a bit more than $200,000, but we're dreaming here, right?
Then again, if money was no object, it would be awfully nice to have Bond's Lotus submarine car from "The Spy Who Loved Me" ($860,000). Just imagine those heads turning as you drive off a pier in Miami headed for Monaco.
And you? Which item on this list would you have purchased if you had the cash? Let me know in the comments below.