With excitement building ahead of the Oscars ceremony tomorrow (Sunday), the most expensive objects from popular movies through the years have been revealed.
Thousands of film fans regularly comb through auction catalogues for objects and posters from their favourite films.
Barneby’s is the only place that movie buffs will find past auctions of movie memorabilia.
Top of the pile is the little gingham dress, the ruby slippers and the Cowardly Lion costume from the Wizard of Oz.
At Bonhams, Bert Lahr’s Cowardly Lion costume sold for £1,870,000, Dorothy’s ‘test’ dress and pinafore sold some years ago for £144,000 and last year in New York sold for £934,000, and a pair of replica ruby slippers made £20,100.
Meanwhile, a stunning scarlet red dress worn by Marilyn Monroe made £120,000 at Christie’s and a black Givenchy evening gown worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s sold for £467,200. Some of the most expensive Hollywood gowns to ever hit the auction market.
Cars are also major players in this field of movie memorabilia. At RM Sotheby’s an Bond Aston Martin DB5 made £2,912,000 and the 007 Lotus Esprit ‘Submarine Car’ sold for £616,000.
Other much sought after memorabilia includes pieces from : Back to the Future, including the iconic Delorean which sold for £29 600, the Batmobile as well as Star Wars pieces and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory golden tickets, actual Wonka bars and more.
Other popular items include: A whip from the Harrison Ford Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom which sold for £47,000 recently.
So keep an eye out for which movies do well on Sunday because a few years down the line Barnebys will doubtless be listing material from those films.
Have a look at Barneby’s website by visiting: www.barnebys.co.uk