Movie memorabilia market: 2012 auction review



2015-06-26 13:06:11

Movie memorabilia market: 2012 auction review

Paul Fraser Collectibles reviews the biggest movie memorabilia sales of 2012

While there was nothing to match 2011's $5.6m sale of a Marilyn Monroe costume, 2012 has nevertheless been a propitious year for sales of movie memorabilia. Several iconic items have been offered for auction across the globe, provoking much press speculation and bringing substantial increases when sold.

Eminent costumes, extraordinary props and exquisite automobiles are among 2012's most important sales; testifying to the health of the market in general, while transporting us to fantastical places in which anything is possible.

Racing in at first place was

Top Sale

 The watch features in McQueen's 1971 race movie, Le Mans

The McQueen, a beautiful Heuer Monaco wristwatch which was worn by Steve McQueen as Michael Delany in the acclaimed race movie Le Mans. The wristwatch saw an impressive 116.5% increase on its $300,000 estimate when it auctioned in Hollywood on July 31 for $799,500.

See the Top 10 movie memorabilia sales of 2012.

2012's most important costume sales

Judy Garland's iconic Oz dress auctioned in the US this year for $480,000. Last sold in 1981 for just $2,000, the November 2012 sale price represents an impressive increase of 19.3% pa.

Wizard of Oz dress The only version of the iconic dress to actually appear in the film sold this year

Kate Winslet's Titanic "jump dress" sold in December, at a California sale, for $330,000. The dress, which was worn during the crucial scene in which ill-fated lovers Jack and Rose meet one another for the very first time, was meticulously designed by Deborah L Scott with historical accuracy in mind.

A vintage year?

Three stand out movie memorabilia sales related to Hollywood's golden age.

The "play it Sam" piano from Casablanca, which was bought by Leonardo DiCaprio at Sotheby's New York in December, went for $602,500.

top 5 movie memorabilia sales 2012 The Casablanca piano was bought by Leonardo DiCaprio

Thetrophyprop from Orson Welles' acclaimed Citizen Kane also sold this year with strong results, achieving $275,554 in June. Marlene Dietrich's emerald coloured Rolls Royce rolled in and out of Bonhams in January, selling as top lot at the automotive sale for $524,000.

It was a break out year for

Lord of the Rings film memorabilia, with perhaps the most important Lord of the Rings prop - Legolas' bow - going to auction in December. The sought after elven bow sold for $372,000 - 210% above its $120,000 high presale valuation.

A year to forget for

Surprise discoveries: The US reality television show Storage Wars was accused of planting rare memorabilia items in storage containers this year, including a vest from the 1967 Planet of the Apes film. The show'sDave Hester, who has filed a lawsuit against A&E (the storage company in question), alleges that he has witnessed the "salting" of several lockers, and is claiming $3.5m in damages after being fired for drawing attention to the fact.

One you may have missed

top 5 movie memorabilia sales 2012 Tarkovsky's archive sold this year - drawing attention to the surrealist Soviet director's too often undervalued achievements

Sotheby's saw excellent results for an important archive relating to the work of Soviet film maker Andre Tarkovsky. Selling in London in November, the archive, which will return to Russia, brought $2.3m. The sale reinvigorated interest in an important and too often undervalued surrealist film maker.

Share on social media
Write a response...

The bookmarklet lets you save things you find to your collections.

Note: Make sure your bookmarks are visible.


Click and drag the Collect It button to your browser's Bookmark Bar.

collect it