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Movie Memorabilia

Once just a hobby for a niche of screen enthusiasts, the world of movie memorabilia has become an industry with millions in sales annually. Whether collecting costumes, press kits, props, advertising, or other filmmaking items, a collector has a wide range to choose from—limited perhaps only by budget and scarcity.

Most believe MGM set the momentum for collecting movie memorabilia when it sold large groups of stage items and costumes in 1970 to an auctioneer, who in turn sold the items for millions over his original purchase price. After that year, collecting movie memorabilia became an organized venture, with fans communicating by newsletters and eventually through internet groups and auction websites. Today, a simple online search will yield a plenty of movie memorabilia for sale, by private sellers and corporations alike.


Quick Facts

  • In 2011, actress Debbie Reynolds began auctioning her collection of movie memorabilia that she purchased in 1970 from a sale of liquidated MGM goods. The final lots were auctioned in 2014
  • Auctioneer of Hollywood memorabilia Profiles in History's record sales include the Cowardly Lion costume from "The Wizard of Oz" ($805,000) and Marilyn Monroe's "Diamonds" dress from "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" ($356,000)
  • One of the highest yielding pieces of movie clothing ever sold was the white “subway dress” worn by Marilyn Monroe in the film, “The Seven Year Itch.” It went to a collector for $4.6 million, and the auction commission was $1 million

Recommended Items at Auction

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(40+) New DVD Movies, Young Riders, Laredo, Hell
Aug 13, 10:00 AM MST
(40+) New DVD Movies, Young Riders, Laredo, Hell
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$1008 Bids
(50+) DVD Movies, Restless Gun, Cimarron City
Aug 13, 10:00 AM MST
(50+) DVD Movies, Restless Gun, Cimarron City
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$1008 Bids
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II video promo stande
Sep 18, 11:00 AM EDT
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II video promo stande
by Moggies Auction Service
Est: $75- $100
$1106 Bids
(40+) New DVD Movies, Rifle Man, Bat Masterson
Aug 13, 10:00 AM MST
(40+) New DVD Movies, Rifle Man, Bat Masterson
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$1005 Bids
THE AGATHA CHRISTY CRIME ANTHOLOGY COLLECTION
Aug 13, 10:00 AM EDT
THE AGATHA CHRISTY CRIME ANTHOLOGY COLLECTION
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$154 Bids
DVD Movies, CD Music In Folders
Aug 13, 10:00 AM MST
DVD Movies, CD Music In Folders
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
(90+pc) Assorted CD’s & DVD's
Aug 13, 10:00 AM MST
(90+pc) Assorted CD’s & DVD's
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
Doctor Who Monte Moore 11"x17" Print - Wrapped on styrofoam board - 10th Doctor, Rose & Martha
Sep 03, 10:00 AM EDT
Doctor Who Monte Moore 11"x17" Print - Wrapped on styrofoam board - 10th Doctor, Rose & Martha
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids
Transformers video standee in original box
Sep 18, 11:00 AM EDT
Transformers video standee in original box
by Moggies Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
Leather Trunk with 8mm Film Reels, circa 1940s-50s
Aug 13, 12:00 PM CDT
Leather Trunk with 8mm Film Reels, circa 1940s-50s
by Circle Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1002 Bids
WWF VHS Tapes and DVDs
Aug 19, 9:00 AM EDT
WWF VHS Tapes and DVDs
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $20- $50
$102 Bids
Large Lot of Vintage Photographs
Aug 31, 11:00 AM EDT
Large Lot of Vintage Photographs
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $200- $300
$302 Bids
The Legend of Wonder Woman 4 Part mini series
Sep 18, 11:00 AM EDT
The Legend of Wonder Woman 4 Part mini series
by Moggies Auction Service
Est: $10- $20
$51 Bid
Beetlejuice video promotional standee
Sep 18, 11:00 AM EDT
Beetlejuice video promotional standee
by Moggies Auction Service
Est: $125- $150
$751 Bid
Pair of Gone With The Wind Photo Prints, Rhett, Scarlet
Aug 13, 2:00 PM EDT
Pair of Gone With The Wind Photo Prints, Rhett, Scarlet
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$201 Bid
Gone With The Wind, Rhett, Scarlett Photo Print
Aug 27, 2:00 PM EDT
Gone With The Wind, Rhett, Scarlett Photo Print
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$251 Bid
Feddy's Dead video store standee
Sep 18, 11:00 AM EDT
Feddy's Dead video store standee
by Moggies Auction Service
Est: $150- $200
$751 Bid
Indiana Jones The Crusade video promotional
Sep 18, 11:00 AM EDT
Indiana Jones The Crusade video promotional
by Moggies Auction Service
Est: $150- $200
$1001 Bid
PUBLICITY PHOTOGRAPH FROM THE WOMEN
Aug 18, 11:00 AM EDT
PUBLICITY PHOTOGRAPH FROM THE WOMEN
by Capsule Gallery Auction
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
PUBLICITY PHOTOGRAPH FROM THE WOMEN
Aug 18, 11:00 AM EDT
PUBLICITY PHOTOGRAPH FROM THE WOMEN
by Capsule Gallery Auction
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
(60+) DVD Movies, The Passion, Hotel Transylvania
Aug 13, 10:00 AM MST
(60+) DVD Movies, The Passion, Hotel Transylvania
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Mass Effect Andromeda Memorabilia Set
Aug 13, 10:00 AM MST
Mass Effect Andromeda Memorabilia Set
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
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Indiana Jones Lunchbox and Thermos
Aug 25, 8:00 AM PDT
Indiana Jones Lunchbox and Thermos
by Pasadena Antique Warehouse
Est: $80- $100
$201 Bid
Lot of DVDs
Aug 13, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of DVDs
by TEG Auction Gallery
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid

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