Collecting movie memorabilia is a popular hobby but it can also be an expensive one. Action figures, posters and signed merchandise have long been best sellers, and as the demand increases, many top collectors are investing in relics they know will continue to rise in value over time.
Serious collectors need a serious budget if they're looking to buy rare and original movie merchandise. One of the world’s best memorabilia collections, valued at around $50 million, actually belongs to actress Debbie Reynolds – looks like you'll have to star in movies yourself if you want to keep up!
Here are some of the priciest pieces of movie memorabilia EVER.
1. Dalek - $5,443
Imagine one of these sitting in your front yard – it would certainly keep any annoying neighbors away. The Daleks from Doctor Who are without a doubt one of the most iconic enemies to appear on TV, and an exact replica can be yours for the same price as a two-week vacation. Bargain.
See a few of the Daleks's greatest moments in the clip below:
2. 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' signed poster - $13,145
This poster for the final film of the series went up for sale at Heritage Auctions in Dallas back in 2011 and sold for $13,145. Not only was it signed by Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton), it also came with an official pass to the cast and crew screening. Every Potter fan's dream.
3. The Iron Throne of Westeros - $30,000
Okay, not strictly from a movie but how could I not include this?! You can rule the Seven Kingdoms from your front room with Aegon Targaryen's Iron Throne from Game of Thrones. This hand-painted fiberglass replica stands at seven feet tall and can be yours for the price of a new car. It may not have been forged with the steel of a thousand swords – it doesn't look particularly comfortable either – but it will certainly grab your guests' attention.
See the real throne in use in the promo video below:
4. Star Wars action figures - $32,500
This unopened pack of seven action figures from Empire Strikes Back sold for three times its $10,000 estimate. A 1978 Luke Skywalker doll, never removed from its packaging, sold at the same auction for $25,000, also way over its estimated value. Only 20 of the dolls are actually known to exist, as it was quickly recalled “due to the propensity for the lightsaber to snap off." Even used Star Wars toys from the '70s and '80s can go for thousands of dollars. Could you or even your parents have something hiding at home?
5. J.K. Rowling designed Harry Potter charm bracelet - $33,000
J.K. designed this custom silver charm bracelet back in 2013 in collaboration with Scottish jeweler Hamilton & Inches, with each charm representing a special symbol from the Harry Potter universe. All of the money raised at the auction went directly to children's charity, Lumos, which was set up by J.K. herself. Fellow Potter fans, if you're finding yourself in serious envy, fear not! Four slightly simpler versions of the bracelet are now available on the official Harry Potter merch website, with 15% of proceeds going straight to the Lumos foundation.
6. First ever Batman comic - $49,999
This original 1940 Batman #1 sold on eBay for almost $50,000 in 2012, a purchase for only the most serious of Batman fanatics. In order to preserve its careful restoration (done by Susan Cicconi back in the '90s), the postage alone was $300!
7. Original Gotham City map - $165,000
The famous Gotham City map is still up for sale on eBay, and from the original artist himself! Yes, Eliot R. Brown was brought into the Manhattan offices of DC Comics to draw up the map, in which he added many minute details of his own. This original piece of artwork may come with a hefty price tag, but its eventual owner will hold a piece of history that has been a part of the bible given to DC comic artists for over a decade. The detailed drawing measures 23" x 14 1/2".
8. 'Metropolis' movie poster - $690,000
Only four posters for the 1927 sci-fi classic, Metropolis, are known to exist, so it’s no surprise that collectors were clamoring for one of the last remaining originals when it came up for auction in 2005. A private collector (rumored to be Leonardo DiCaprio of all people) wound up paying $690,000 for the artwork by graphic artist Heinz Schulz-Neudamm. The other three are located in another private collection, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Berlin’s Film Museum, respectively.
See how things have changed by watching the original trailer from 1927:
9. 'Gone with the Wind' Best Picture Oscar - $1.5 million
Back in 1950, the Academy introduced a rule stating that Oscar winners and their heirs could not sell their award without first offering to sell it back to the Academy for the measly sum of $1. So when the few pre-1950 awards have been put up for sale, they’ve all sold for a fortune. In 1999, Michael Jackson purchased the Best Picture Oscar won by Gone With the Wind sixty years prior for $1.54 million. This transaction holds the current record for the highest price ever paid for such memorabilia.