Holy Sales Auction!
Remember this article by Mike from 27th December?
Well it’s all happened, and it surpassed all expectations, with the original batmobile driven by Adam West in the Batman TV series selling for $4.2 million (£2.9 million) at the Barrett-Jackson collector-car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.
But how does that compare to other collections of movie memorabilia that have been sold at auctions.
Car-wise, and close to that incredible Batman sale price, was the purchase at auction of the 1964 Aston Martin D85 that featured in the Bond films ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Thunderball’ for £2.6 million – a far cry from its original cost back in 1969 of $12,000.
And then there was the car driven by a certain Mr. E. Presley in a film he did in 1966 called ‘Spinout’. In the movie the two-tone grey ’29 Duesenberg Model J was used to tow racing cars, but in 2011 it sold for $1.2 million.
Clothes always sell well at auctions where film memorabilia is concerned, and the better known the outfit, the more it is likely to sell for.
So when Marilyn Monroe’s dress from ‘The Seven Year Itch’ (The white one!) went for $4.6 million in 2011, there was no real surprise (allegedly), especially as, at the same auction, a blue cotton dress that Judy Garland only used in test shots for ‘The Wizard of Oz’ sold for $910,000. Speaking of ‘The Wizard of Oz’, the cowardly lion costume sold in 2006 for $826,000 and Dorothy’s ruby-red slippers (that don’t actually take you back to Kansas in real life) for $666,000.
All part of what people want to pay to own an iconic piece of film history, I suppose. A Star Wars light sabre sold in 2008 for $240,000, the jacket worn by Michael Jackson in his ‘Thriller’ video (That red and black one) was once sold for $1.8 million and the dress worn by Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ sold at Christies in London for a price far exceeding its £70,000 expected price at £467,200.
Silly money, but that’s the price of fame. Mind you, it helps if you die because then prices and infamy go up. Even Einstein has made an estimated £30 million since his death.
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