We all have our guilty pleasures when it comes to entertainment, whether it’s revisiting the Star Wars series or speed reading through all of the Harry Potter books. But for some fans, this isn’t enough. They need something more concrete to connect to the material.
Here’s a list of some of the most expensive movie props ever sold!
There are very few movies that could cause its viewers to well up over the loss of a volleyball (simple case of the feels). After being left to drift at sea by Tom Hanks’ character in Cast Away, Wilson found his way into the office of FedEx CEO, Ken May. To commemorate the film, May reportedly purchased the prop for a tidy $18,400.
2. Clever girl
Still standing as one of the top contenders in CGI (its surprisingly still holds up), it’s no surprise that anything from Jurassic Park would fetch a nice sum. A hydraulic Velociraptor from The Lost World: Jurassic Park would cost you about $115,000.
3. Never tell me the odds
This one has really been stirring wallets around the Star Wars community lately. The Mauser-style pistol was used by Harrison Ford during filming and is said to be in its original condition. According to the seller, the prop was used during the production of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Invaluable.com values the piece as being worth between $200,000 and $300,000.
4. Use the force Luke
Of course there’s another Star Wars prop on here. While Han Solo is arguably the most popular character from the series, no one can deny how awesome it would be to have a lightsaber. Back in 2008, if you wanted to feel like a Jedi, all you had to do was shell out $250,000 for the iconic blade used by Luke Skywalker (though I hear flashlights make adequate stand-ins).
5. Nasty smelly things, motorcars!
Although this movie may have given me more nightmares as a kid than any horror movie (seriously, you have a character called the “Child Catcher” in a kids’ movie?), I have to admit, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang might beat the batmobile in the contest for coolest car. Thankfully for the owner of this particular item, he has both! The flying version of the beloved vehicle was purchased for a whopping $505,000.
6. Where we’re going we don’t need roads
The time traveling DeLorean from the Back to the Future movies is arguably one of the most famous vehicles in Hollywood history. Seven DeLoreans were used in trilogy and three of them are still around. A few years ago, one sold for over half a million dollars (plutonium not included).
7. Put ‘em up, put ‘em up
Although animal activists would not stand for it now, the original Cowardly Lion’s costume was made using actual lion fur. Worn by Bert Lahr in The Wizard of Oz, the costume has undergone quite a bit of basic wear-and-tear and restoration over the years. When the owner finally sold it in 2006, it went for a mind-boggling $826,000.
8. Shocking! Positively shocking!
In addition to the catchphrases and beautiful women, there is one thing that has always defined the Bond films: mouth-watering cars. Anyone who’s ever wanted to be a smooth-talking secret agent has envisioned themselves cruising down the highway in one of these. Appearing in Goldfinger and Thunderball, this Aston Martin DB5 came fully outfitted with ejector seats, rotating license plates, machine guns, an oil slick sprayer, popup bulletproof screen, tire slashers, and a radar tracker! In 2010, the car was purchased for the reasonable sum of $4.1 million.