The world’s most valuable Hollywood memorabilia

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We all love movies, but how much would you be willing to pay for celebrity and movie memorabilia? Good Housekeeping recently tracked down the most expensive Hollywood memorabilia ever sold at auction. Keep reading to find out just how much items owned by celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor, James Bond, Judy Garland and Michael Jackson sold for at auction.

Judy Garland's 'Wizard of Oz' Dress
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23. Judy Garland’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ Dress

Price: $1.56 million

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What to know: The dress, one of just two allegedly to have been worn during filming, sold in 2015.

Michael Jackson
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22. Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Outfit

Price: $1.8 million

What to know: OK, first, images of Jackson are heavily restricted, so before you say “but that’s not the iconic red leather outfit,” we know. We know.
An autographed version of the legendary red leather getup sold in 2011.

'The Wizard of Oz' Ruby Slippers
Smithsonian Museum

21. ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Ruby Slippers

Price: $2 million

What to know: One of only four signature red sequin shoes that survived the original filming was bought in 2012 for the then-new Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences museum.

Bob Dylan

20. Bob Dylan’s Lyrics for ‘Like a Rolling Stone’

Price: $2 million

What to know: Dylan’s hand-written lyrics to ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ sold in 2014, according to Time Magazine. The lyrics were written on hotel stationery and had lyrics that were cut from the final song. One of those cut lines? “Dry vermouth, you’ll tell the truth.”

John Lennon's 'Imagine' Piano
The Goss-Michael Foundation

19. John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ Piano

Price: £1.67 million (about $1.92 million)

 

What to know: Lennon’s iconic Steinway sold in 2000. George Michael, Robbie Williams, and Oasis band members Liam and Noel Gallagher all bid on the piano. The winner? George Michael.

Ringo Starr's Drum Kit
Juliensauctions.com

18. Ringo Starr’s Drum Kit

Price: $2.2 million

What to know: Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay bought Starr’s Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit in 2015.

John Lennon's Rolls-Royce Phantom
Royal BC Museum

17. John Lennon’s Rolls-Royce Phantom

Price: $2.299 million

What to know: This psychedelic car sold in 1985 for nearly $2.3 million, or about $5.9 million today after being adjusted for inflation.

R2D2 From 'Star Wars'
LucusFilm / IMDB

16. R2D2 From ‘Star Wars’

Price:  $2.76 million

What to know: This 43-inch iconic robot — excuse me, droid — sold in 2017.

Mark McGwire's Home Run Ball
Goldinauctions.com

15. Mark McGwire’s Home Run Ball

Price: $3 million

What to know: Comic book artist Todd McFarlane bought the St. Lous Cardinal star’s legendary ball, according to reports by CBS News.

'Wizard of Oz' Cowardly Lion Costume
Warner Bros / IMDB

14. ‘Wizard of Oz’ Cowardly Lion Costume

Price:  $3.077 million

What to know: The Cowardly Lion costume, worn by Bert Lahr, went for over $3 million during auction.

Jerry Garcia's Guitars
Sothebys-md.brightspotcdn.com

13. Jerry Garcia’s Guitars

Price: $3.2 million

What to know: Garcia’s custom Doug Irwin guitars went for big bucks in auction. One dubbed “Wolf” sold for $3.2 million during a 2017 charity auction, although “Wolf” had originally sold with “Tiger” for a combined $1.2 million in 2002.

'Maltese Falcon' Statue
Warner Bros / IMDB

12. ‘Maltese Falcon’ Statue

Price: $4.085 million

What to know: The 12-inch statue was indeed what “dreams are made of,” as Humphrey Bogart’s character says in “Maltese Falcon.” And that dream cost over $4 million in 2013.

Adam West's Batmobile
Barrett-jackson.com

11. Adam West’s Batmobile

Price: $4.2 million

What to know: The Batmobile from the 1960s TV series sold for $4.2 million in 2013.

Audrey Hepburn's 'My Fair Lady' Dress
IMDB

10. Audrey Hepburn’s ‘My Fair Lady’ Dress

Price:  $4.55 million

What to know: Audrey Hepburn’s famous ascot dress sold at auction in 2017. The dress was designed by Sir Cecil Beaton, who won an Academy Award for his design work in “My Fair Lady.”

Marilyn Monroe's 'Seven Year Itch' Dress
IMDB

9. Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Seven Year Itch’ Dress

Price: $4.6 million

What to know: Monroe’s legendary white dress is one of her most famous outfits. In fact, the image of her standing over a New York City subway grate with the dress blowing up was ultimately turned into a huge statue in Palm Springs, California. The dress sold in 2011.

Marilyn Monroe's JFK ‘Happy Birthday’ Dress
https://www.ripleys.com/marilyn-monroe-dress/

8. Marilyn Monroe’s JFK ‘Happy Birthday’ Dress

Price: $4.8 million

What to know: With over 2,500 crystals on a sheer material, the dress Monroe to a fundraiser for President John F. Kennedy sold in 2016. The Jean Louis dress was bought by none other than Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and the company displays the dress at various Ripley locations.

Robby the Robot
NBCUniversal, Inc./ IMDB

7. Robby the Robot

Price:  $5.375 million

What to know: This 7-foot cyborg and his trusty Jeep, made famous by the 1956 sci-f classic “Forbidden Planet,” sold at auction in 2017.

Babe Ruth's Jersey
huntauctions.com

6. Babe Ruth’s Jersey

Price: $5.6 million

What to know: The Great Bambino’s jersey broke sports records in 2019 as the most expensive sports memorabilia sold at auction, the BBC reported.

Kurt Cobain's 'MTV Unplugged' Guitar
Juliensauctions.com

5. Kurt Cobain’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ Guitar

Price: $6.01 million

What to know: The iconic Nirvana 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic guitar became the most expensive guitar sold at auction almost three decades after Cobain’s legendary MTV performance.

James Bond's Aston Martin DB5
DeFacto/ Wiki Commons

4. James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5

Price:  $6.4 million

What to know: This epic sports car, made famous from “Thunderball” and “Goldfinger,” sold at auction in 2019, CNN reported.

Elizabeth Taylor's Diamond Ring
IMDB

3. Elizabeth Taylor’s Diamond Ring

Price: $8.8 million

What to know: Taylor’s draw-droppingly gorgeous ring sold for $8.8 million in 2011. That year, 80 pieces from Taylor’s personal jewelry collection, including the ring, fetched a combined $116 million at auction.

Elizabeth Taylor's La Peregrina
Christie’s Auction House

2. Elizabeth Taylor’s La Peregrina

Price: $11.8 million

What to know: Taylor’s 16th-century pearl, ruby and gold necklace, known as La Peregrina, was given to her by Richard Burton in 1969. Before Taylor, the stunning necklace was owned by Mary Tudor and numerous Spanish queens.

Elizabeth Taylor's Tiara
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