In the world of Hollywood glitz and glamour, film props are the unsung heroes, the underappreciated accessories that set the mood of the movie and help to establish the attitude of the characters. While the actors and actresses depict the drama, tragedy and humor up on the silver screen, the props transport the audience into this new world of magic and make-believe captured in celluloid. No wonder that these signature film props have begun to attain astronomical values as entertainment memorabilia collectors covet these incredible mementos. Here is a list of the three most expensive film props ever to be sold!
Robby the Robot, who made his film debut in the science fiction film from 1956, Forbidden Planet, sold for a staggering $5.3 million this past November at Bonhams. This bulbous, futuristic and fun robot also made more than thirty additional appearances in television programs such as The Twilight Zone, The Addams Family, Mork & Mindy, and even Columbo. The complete suit, along with the control panel, space-style jeep, spare parts, alternate claw hands and original wooden stage were all a part of this incredible package for science fiction lovers and film buffs.
In second place, is James Bond’s elegant, timeless and speedy 1964 Aston Martin DB5, which was sold for $4.6 million at RM Auctions (now known as RM Sotheby’s) back in 2010. The lucky buyer was Harry Yeaggy, banking millionaire, who has always coveted the car, as it is the pinnacle of cool, and was happy to add this signature piece to his automobile collection. This slick Aston Martin was featured in Bond classics such as Goldfinger and Thunderball.
The third most expensive film prop ever sold is, surprisingly, the Maltese Falcon statue from the legendary 1941 crime thriller of the same name. This mysterious and enigmatic statue, in the shape of a proud and fierce bird of prey, sold for $4.1 million in 2013 at Bonhams. The noir film noir film was John Huston’s directorial debut and starred none other than Humphrey Bogart as the private detective and Mary Astor as the femme fatale client.
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