Sci-fi movie auction madness

There have been several movie prop auctions in recent memory that turned up incredible stuff for the genre movie buffs with lots of cash.

Last year Indiana Jones’s whip from Raiders of the Lost Ark went up for auction, and the record was also broken for Star Wars memorabilia when the Panavision camera that shot the 1977 original film fetched a cool $625,000.

Just recently the last surviving poster for the sci-fi classic Metropolis hit the auction block, and it went for $690,000, making it the most valuable movie poster in the world.

Soon after, a stash of classic movie posters from the thirties was unearthed that were all glued together. 

As the Hollywood Reporter tells us, movie posters weren’t considered valuable in those days, so theaters would glue one on top of another when the next big movie came to town. The pile of posters was carefully separated with steam and the original Universal Dracula from 1931, which is extremely rare, went for $143,400. The poster is one of four that are left in the world. (The group of posters, which included the gangster classic Little Caesar and Public Enemy, went for $503,000 total).

Recently, Movieline went through some movie auctions for the film buff who just had to snag Steve McQueen’s Porsche, or one of the DeLoreans from Back to the Future, and what these items went for. By the way, I wasn’t joking when I wrote that, Steve McQueen’s Porsche 911 from the racing movie Le Mans went for $1.25 million, and his racing suit went for $984,000. And one of the DeLorean DMC-12s from Back to the Future hit $541,000.

Other movie cars that went for big bucks include James Bonds’s Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger, which sold for a cool $4.1 million, and the magical flying car from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which went for $805,000, way below the $1-2 million the auctioneers were hoping for. 

And what’s a movie prop auction list without some Star Wars items? We’re definitely not shocked to report that Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber was offloaded for $212,141.

Other movie props that went for big bucks include Audrey Hepburn’s black gown from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the Maltese Falcon itself which went for $398,500, and Harrison Ford’s gun from Blade Runner, which fetched a cool $270,000.