Going to see a great movie can be an incredibly moving experience, creating a legion of fans for the actors, directors, or for the movie itself. For some people, buying a DVD to watch at their leisure is THE way to celebrate their favorite movie.
Others hope to keep the memory of the movie alive with something a bit more tangible, including an actual movie prop. And some of the movie props have become collectibles themselves, often garnering a huge number of bids at auction. Think back to you favorite movie. Now consider owning a prop from that movie. Would you choose the Velociraptor cage from Jurassic Park? What about a light saber from the original Star Wars movies?
Take a look at the infographic below which lists the most expensive movie props sold. Is your favorite on the list? Could you even afford it if it were? Somewhat surprisingly, Marilyn Monroe's white dress from The Seven Year Itch topped our list at over $4.6 million.
As James Bond aficionados, we were interested to see that two James Bond cars made the list. The first was the iconic Aston Martin DB5 from the movie Goldfinger, that sold for over $4.4 million. We also note that James Bond's submarine car from The Spy Who Loved Me sold for an $860,000 in 2013. We thought that quite a lot for a "car" that is not actually road-worthy, until we found the following listing on eBay, this 1977 Lotus Esprit:
Look familiar? The listing says it is the Lotus submarine car from The Spy Who Loved Me! At first we were confused - wasn't it just sold at auction in 2013? Turns out, there were a few of these cars made. The listing explains:
There were six Lotus submarine cars built and used in the film, with one of them being a drivable underwater sub (though none were pressurized like a real submarine). There are only three remaining in existence. The one at Hot Rod City is the retractable wheel version that appeared onscreen.
Should this car be sold on eBay for the $1 million "Buy it Now" price, we will have to ask that the infographic be updated. But for now, enjoy reminiscing about some iconic pieces by having a look at this incredible infographic, detailing the expensive movie props sold:
PS - As I mentioned, we love James Bond around here, and so do others, apparently. But not enough to shell out the $120,000 Buy it Now price for James Bond's Rolex Chronograph Watch from On Her Majesty's Secret Service:
Of course, you can always get in touch with the seller to see if he'd still be interested in selling! In fact, this looks a lot like the Rolex i lost last year - maybe I should get in touch!