10 cheap pieces of memorabilia from big movies
If you’re collecting movie memorabilia on a budget, it’s easy to think you’ll never be able to afford a piece of your favourite film.
Thankfully, you couldn’t be more wrong.
Here are 10 amazing (and affordable) pieces of movie memorabilia from films you will actually have seen.
And if these 10 whet your appetite, check out the latest auctions at Premiere Props and Julien's Auctions. Both host big auctions several times a year – catering to all budgets. And Premiere Props hosts a weekly film props and costumes auction every Friday.
10. Sphere door
Sphere (1997) was one of the biggest movies of the 90s (although it wasn’t necessarily the best).
This full-sized fibreglass hatch, which appears onscreen, sold for $100 at Clarks Fine Art & Auctioneers in 2015.
9. Back to the Future II seatbelt
Back to the Future II is one of those rare sequels that was almost as well-received as its predecessor.
Today it’s still considered a classic.
In fact, Nike has recently announced a consumer edition of the iconic self-lacing Mag. No sign of a hover board yet though.
This belt studded with bottlecaps was worn by an extra in the movie and realised $125 at Premiere Props in 2015.
8. Hobbit flute
This evocative screen-used flute from Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey sold for $100 at Premiere Props in 2015.
It’s constructed from ceramic and, as an added bonus, actually works.
7. Schindler’s List lamp
Schindler’s List is among the most affecting depictions of the Holocaust ever filmed.
This lamp is one of three on the table in the restaurant when we first meet Oskar Schindler, making it a significant item.
It was snapped up for $192 at Julien’s Auctions in 2012.
6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban collection
The third Harry Potter movie is the most acclaimed in the series. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron (who also made Children of Men and Gravity), it takes the story to a much darker place than in previous movies.
This collection of documents from the production, including a mock newspaper and a wanted poster, realised $250 at Profiles in History in 2015.
5. Tora! Tora! Tora! guns
Tora! Tora! Tora! is a prime candidate for one of the most unusually named films of all time.
It was essentially two films - one half was shot in America by Richard Flesicher, the other in Japan by Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasaku.
It was ground-breaking in telling the story of the Pearl Harbour bombings from the perspective of each side.
This set of model ship guns was used in the SS Arizona sequence. They made $350 at Premiere Props in 2012.
4. Incredible Hulk shirt
Lou Ferrigno tearing his shirt off was a common sight on TV during the 1970s.
Ever wondered how they did it?
Well it turns out the shirts were pre-shredded (you can rest easy now).
This fetching plaid specimen appeared in the 1978 feature film and still displays traces of green paint on the inside. It realised $400 at Premiere Props in 2014.
3. Sigmund Freud from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Cult classics don’t get much bigger than Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
While a movie about two time travelling Californian slackers might not immediately seem like box office gold, it became a surprise hit in 1989.
This figurine ($600 at Premiere Props in 2014) depicts Sigmund Freud and was used during a special effects sequence.
If you haven’t seen Bill and Ted and are wondering what Sigmund Freud could possibly be doing in it, now’s the time to watch it. Don’t worry, I’ll wait…
2. Waterworld gun
Your enjoyment of Waterworld is largely relative to how late it's on TV (and it’s always on TV).
Will the future really feature a chain-smoking, one-eyed Dennis Hopper on a jetski?
We can only hope.
This modified flare gun was apparently used onscreen, but sold for just $75. That’s a real bargain for an onscreen prop.
1. Lord of the Rings crossbow bolt
Why would you include an arguably unaffordable piece of movie memorabilia on this list you ask?
Well in part it’s to show you just how affordable the rest of this stuff is and the premium people pay for memorabilia from the very biggest movies.
This Uruk Hai crossbow bolt sold for $768 at a dedicated auction of Lord of the Rings memorabilia at Julien’s in 2013.
That $75 Waterworld gun looks like a great deal now doesn’t it?
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