Tiaras and cars and dresses, oh my!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
16. R2D2 From ‘Star Wars’
Price: $2.76 million
What to know: This 43-inch iconic robot — excuse me, droid — sold in 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1. Elizabeth Taylor’s Tiara
Price: $4.2 million
What to know: Taylor’s third husband, Mike Todd, gave her this dazzling tiara, which broke records for the amount of money spent on a tiara in auction.
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