Movie memorabilia from 10 Christmas classics



2017-12-21 16:36:02

Everyone had their own favorite Christmas movie, and here are ours - with a classic piece of movie memorabilia thrown in for each of them. Happy Holidays!

10) The Santa Clause

Accidentally killing Santa may not be the best start to a Christmas movie, but Tim Allen makes up for it in The Santa Clause by taking on the role himself.

On the way to discovering the true meaning of Christmas he gains a couple of hundred pounds and a beard which can never be shaved, as well as the admiration of his own son.

Allen's latex Santa make-up and wig which transformed him into Kris Kringle sold at Profiles in History for $1,100.

9) A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story is one of America's most loved holiday films, and tells the story of Ralphie Parker's singular dream of owning a Red Ryder BB gun.

It also features one of the most iconic props in movie history – the famous leg lamp won by Ralphie's father that sparks a feud between him and his long-suffering wife.

Although none of the three original lamps used during production have survived, you can recreate your own 'Battle of The Lamp' with this replica available for around $200.

Why not treat yourself to a 'major award' this Christmas?

8) Gremlins

When Billy Peltzer receives a pet Mogwai from his father, he quickly discovers that Gremlins are for life, not just for Christmas.

The mischievous monsters terrorize his small town until being dispatched with fire, blenders, microwaves and sunlight in this dark horror comedy.

Most of the original latex Gremlin puppets from the 1984 film rotted away after being stored in a damp warehouse for many years.

This bust puppet, one of the few to survive, appeared in the scene where Gremlins take over a cinema and sold at Profiles in History for $2,750.

7) It's a Wonderful Life

Frank Capra's classic 1946 fantasy has become one of the best-loved films of all time, and is traditional Christmas viewing across America.

With the help of Clarence the guardian angel, James Stewart's George Bailey realizes he does indeed have a wonderful life and decides not to throw himself off a bridge on Christmas Eve. A

n original US one-sheet poster for the film, which was initially a box office failure upon its release in 1946, sold at Heritage for $15,535.

6) Scrooged

Bill Murray plays a ruthless TV executive in this classic comedy retelling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, happy to advertise his television special with commercials that scare old ladies to death.

But he changes his ways after he's visited by three Christmas ghosts, in the form of an insane New York cab driver, a toaster-wielding fairy with a mean right hook, and a seven ft tall skeleton with lost souls trapped in its ribcage.

This gruesome prop, representing Murray's Jacob Marley-esque former boss who sends the three ghosts to help him repent, sold at Profiles in Hostory for $1,100.

5) Bad Santa

What could be more Christmassy than an alcoholic, sex-addicted, suicidal Billy Bob Thornton?

The alternative holiday classic Bad Santa tells the story of a thieving department store Santa Claus who (sort of) turns his life around, with the help of a bullied child and a woman with a Father Christmas fetish.

The elf costume worn by Tony Cox as Thornton's murderous accomplice Marcus sold for just $50 at Premier Props.

4) Elf

Since its release in 2003, Elf has become a modern Christmas classic.

Starring Will Ferrell, the film tells the story of Buddy - a human raised as an Elf who travels to New York to find his real father.

He manages to get drunk, fall in love, fight a department store Santa and anger a dwarf before eventually saving Christmas and connecting with his new family.

Ferrell's screen-worn elf costume sold at Profiles in History for $10,000.

3) The Grinch

Base on Dr Seuss's much-loved 1957 children's book, The Grinch is the highest-grossing Christmas movie of all time with box-office takings of almost $350 million.

Jim Carey stars as the reclusive and bitter Grinch, who plots to ruin Christmas for everyone in Whoville by stealing all their presents.

With the help of young Mary-Lou, he discovers Christmas is about more than material gifts and learns to stop hating the holiday season.

Carey's screen-worn Santa costume from the film sold at Profiles in History for $14,000.

2) The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas sees Pumpkin King of Halloween Jack Skellington deliver his version of Christmas to traumatised kids around the world.

Tim Burton's skewed fairytale has become a Christmas classic, despite its cast of ghoulish characters and scenes of Santa being tortured by the Boogie Man.

The screen-used, stop-motion 'Sandy Klaus' puppet from the film sold at Christies for $23,500.

1) Home Alone

For Home Alone fans, here's perhaps the ultimate piece of memorabilia.

This luxurious suburban Chicago mansion was the setting for McCauley Culkin's war with the Wet Bandits, and is the perfect place to hole up for Christmas with your home-made booby traps and a stack of cheese pizzas.

The house was used extensively for both interior and exterior scenes, and despite being remodelled since the late 1980s it's still instantly recognizable as the McCallister residence.

The mansion in suburban Chicago sold in 2012 for an impressive $1.58 million.

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