Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona tops most expensive cinema accessories at auction
The items worn by the prominent actors make a lot of money, with buyers apparently willing to shell out a lot of money for jewelry, dresses and accessories worn by these celebrities on the big screen.
According to Jewelerybox, an online jewelry retailer in London, the most expensive movie accessories sold at auction are the Rolex Daytona worn by Paul Newman in the movie “Winning”, which sold for $ 17.8 million at auction. The watch was a piece from Newman’s personal collection, donated by his wife Joanne Woodward in 1969 during the making of the film, and can be viewed on screen. It is engraved with the words “Drive safely, me”.
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In second place is Marilyn Monroe‘s white cocktail dress she wore in “The Seven-Year Itch”, which grossed $ 4.6 million at auction. This famous dress was greeted by an upward gust of wind from a subway vent, making history on screen.
Audrey Hepburn’s Ascot dress, which her character Eliza Doolittle wore at the Ascot Derby in “My Fair Lady,” fetched $ 3.7 million at auction. It was designed by British fashion designer Cecil Beaton and was owned by Debbie Reynolds who reportedly paid $ 100,000 for the piece.
In fourth place were Judy Garland’s ruby slippers, worn by her character Dorothy in the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz”, which grossed $ 2 million at auction. Rounding out the top five is the little black dress also worn by Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” which fetched $ 807,000 at auction, according to Jewelerybox.
On the other end of the spectrum, the cheapest movie prop to auction is Anthony Perkins’ Bates Motel keychain from Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic thriller “Psycho,” which sold for $ 210. . The key was used to unlock Room Seven of the Murder House Motel run by Norman Bates. Sydney Prosser’s earrings worn by Amy Adams in “American Hustle” were auctioned for $ 225, while Vivien Leigh’s cameo brooch in “Gone with the Wind” sold for $ 275.
When asked if there were any surprises in the results, Daena Borrowman, Marketing Manager at Jewelerybox, said: “When you look at the list of the 10 most expensive cinema accessories sold at auction, it’s difficult not to look at who was wearing these accessories. With all of the actors and actresses wearing these items being extremely iconic and timeless people, it’s no surprise that the accessories they wore sold for hefty prices. “
“Two items that strike me are the Indiana Jones fedora, which was worn by Harrison Ford in the 1984 classic, ‘The Temple of Doom,’ and the Anakin Skywalker lightsaber, worn by Hayden Christensen – simply because that all the other top 10 accessories, like Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona and Judy Garland’s ruby slippers, are much more classic and fashionable accessories. It does show, however, that a film’s success and an actor’s popularity can have a bigger impact on the value of the props than the actual value of the props themselves, ”said Borrowman.
The list of the most expensive movie theater accessories auctioned has been compiled using the listings from Universityfox and Lifestyleasia. Further information on auction prices for movie props comes from Propstoreauction and eBay.
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