Monday, April 8, 2013

The Most And Least Expensive Items Sold At The Hollywood Legends Auction

People LOVE Hollywood memorabilia. Do you all remember how much money was spent on the contents of Elizabeth Taylor's estate? Sure jewelry goes for quite a bit, but nonetheless, people will spend thousands and millions of dollars on the strangest crap all in the name of their favorite movie or star.

But at the Hollywood Legends Auction this past weekend, the highest sold item was a phaser rifle used by Captain Kirk (aka Shatner, of course) in the re-tooled Star Trek pilot. After reading this great Entertainment Weekly story about the phaser rifle, all I could think about was what other items on this illustrious list were sold at crazy prices? So from my nerdy desires to your eyes: here are the most and least expensive items sold at the Hollywood Legends Auction

The Five Most Expensive Items:

1. "Star Trek" Phaser Rifle 

Estimated Price: $50,000
Price Sold: $231,000  

2. "I Dream of Jeannie" Bottle

Estimate Price: $60,000-$80,000 
Price Sold: $41,600 

Star Trek nerds beat Jeannie nerds by $189,400. The bottle didn't even reach it's estimated price. So... William Shatner > Larry Hagman? Or is it just Gun > Bottle?

3. Marilyn Monroe Bra from "Some Like It Hot" Gown

Estimated Price: $8,000- $10,000
Price Sold: $28,800

It's a bra. A. Bra. That's just creepy. 

4. Superman IV Christopher Reeve Flying Suit: 

Estimated Price: $20,000- $30,000
Price Sold: $25,600

This is pretty cool until you find out it's the suit from Superman IV. Not I, not II, not even the not-so-great, but at least it has Richard Pryor III. This is the fourth one. With this guy as the villain: 

But, it's still Christopher Reeve and it's still Superman.

5. Marilyn Monroe Cocktail Dress

Estimated Price: $5,000- $7,000
Price Sold: $25,000

Sold for FIVE times the asking price. It's not even kind of a surprise.

Expensive Item Honorable Mentions:

In 7th Place: Bruce Lee "Enter The Dragon" Claw Weapon

Estimated Price: $10,000 to $12,000
Price Sold: $20,480

This. Is. Awesome. If I had disposable income, I would absolutely buy this thing. And if it were possible, I'd buy everything else from this movie because it's incredible.

In 12th Place: "Wizard of Oz" Munchkin Flower Pot Hat

Estimated Price: $8,000- $10,000
Price Sold: $15,000

I mean, I get it. It's "Wizard of Oz" memorabilia. But still. It's made of felt. Am I the only one who sees this?

Now for the sad stuff...

The Least Expensive Items:

1. MGM Ephemera:

Estimated Price: $75-$150
Price Sold: $32

Well... no wonder they went bankrupt. Who wants buying a windbreaker for $150 just because of a logo? And if you squint, it looks like there might be a stain on the jacket. The MGM guys can't even pay for dry-cleaning.

2. Brittany Murphy "Just Married" Script

Estimated Price: $300- $500
Price Sold: $32

Talk about trying to profit off someone's passing. Who honestly thought that a couple of scripts in binders for a movie that was pretty stupid was actually going to make over $100? That person is stupid.

3. "Law & Order" Linus Roache Evidence Props

Estimated Price: $150- $300
Price Sold: $32

Sad. But then again, I think $30 is way too much for a rock with a piece of metal through it. That table lamp is pretty handy though.

4. Stargate Collection of Production Materials

Estimated Price: $400- $600
Price Sold: $64

It's a bunch of pictures. $64 is wayyy too high for something I can print off my computer from the internet.

5. Nolan Miller Original Couture Wedding Gown

Estimated Price: $600- $800
Price Sold: $64

Ok this one is outrageous. A VINTAGE COUTURE wedding gown from the man who did the wardrobe for "Dynasty" AND "Charlie's Angels" that sold for less than $100? Crazy town.

Even more depressing...

Items That Weren't Even Sold

1. Tom Hanks "Castaway" Ice Skate, Tooth Necklace

Estimated Price: $2,000- $3,000

You know that iconic scene from that movie. Because this item isn't creepy at all... (P.S. It is)

2. "Black Beauty" from "The Green Hornet"

Estimated Price: $40,000- $60,000

Considering how cool this car is, this is kind of a surprise. Considering how bad the movie was, this is not really a surprise.

3. Evil Knievel Signed Suit

Estimated Price: $5,000- $7,000

Seriously?! A BRA from Marilyn gets sold but not an entire signed suit from the death-defying master of stunts himself? That is depressing.

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