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Movie Props

From costumes to newspapers and wall hangings to cars, the world of movie props and movie memorabilia is about as diverse as the industry itself. The collecting and selling of all things "big screen" is not only enjoyable for a collector wanting to gain a touch of nostalgia, but also a catalyst for good will when production companies and private collectors donate sales proceeds to charitable causes.

The word “prop” is short for “property,” and the first use of theatrical props dates as far back as ancient Greece. The dawn of filmmaking brought on large and tediously constructed film sets as well as costumes, weapons, and other movable items. Highly collectible now, some of the first movie props and movie memorabilia were given away, thrown out, and even buried after completion of filming. Recently, archeologists near Guadalupe, California uncovered a plaster sphinx from the 1923 film "The Ten Commandments." The set had been buried in the dunes.

For practical reasons, many props are created in multiples for movie sets and are untouched by actors themselves, making used props the most sought after. Regardless, many factors play a role in determining values, including a film’s age, popularity of actors, box office resurgence, and notable events.


Quick Facts

  • Marilyn Monroe’s famous white dress from the movie, “The Seven Year Itch,” gathered $4.6 million at a Beverly Hills auction in June 2011
  • A “hero prop” is one personally used by an actor or in a movie. This prop type is highly detailed and functional, and is used in close-up filming
  • In 2005, a pair of ruby slippers from the original “Wizard of Oz” film was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. There are only four known pairs in existence, and a $1 million reward exists for the whereabouts of the missing pair
  • Find out how specific Hollywood props and memorabilia become available for sale on Invaluable.

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M1921 THOMPSON SUBMACHINE GUN MOVIE PROP MODEL
Nov 30, 9:00 AM EST
M1921 THOMPSON SUBMACHINE GUN MOVIE PROP MODEL
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $400- $500
$3108 Bids
PO8 LUGER NON FIRING MOVIE PROP REPLICA
Nov 30, 9:00 AM EST
PO8 LUGER NON FIRING MOVIE PROP REPLICA
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $350- $450
$901 Bid
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Robe du personnage Peppy Miller portée par Bérénice Bejo dans le film "The Artist"
Dec 01, 7:00 PM CET
Robe du personnage Peppy Miller portée par Bérénice Bejo dans le film "The Artist"
by Artcurial
Est: €500- €0
€5001 Bid
Antique style heavy ball and chain movie prop
Nov 29, 11:30 PM EST
Antique style heavy ball and chain movie prop
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $200- $225
$1250 Bids
(A) MOVIE PROP "FLINTLOCK" SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1884 TRAPDOOR RIFLE.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
(A) MOVIE PROP "FLINTLOCK" SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1884 TRAPDOOR RIFLE.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $600- $1,000
$3000 Bids
Spider-Man 3 (2007) Harry Osborn – James Franco – Kürbisbombe
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CET
Spider-Man 3 (2007) Harry Osborn – James Franco – Kürbisbombe
by Hampel Fine Art Auctions
Est: €6,000- €8,000
€6,0000 Bids
The Great Wall (2016) – Gold Tiger Korps-Soldatenrüstung
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CET
The Great Wall (2016) – Gold Tiger Korps-Soldatenrüstung
by Hampel Fine Art Auctions
Est: €3,000- €5,000
€3,0000 Bids
ANT-MAN, Ant-Man: Ant-Man helmet
Nov 29, 3:00 PM CET
ANT-MAN, Ant-Man: Ant-Man helmet
by Art-Rite
Est: €500- €1,000
€4500 Bids
THOR, Thor: Helmet of Loki
Nov 29, 3:00 PM CET
THOR, Thor: Helmet of Loki
by Art-Rite
Est: €600- €1,000
€6000 Bids
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) – Schwarze Pickelhaube
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CET
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) – Schwarze Pickelhaube
by Hampel Fine Art Auctions
Est: €1,500- €2,500
€1,5000 Bids
Whale spear movie prop
Dec 02, 11:30 PM EST
Whale spear movie prop
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $300- $350
$2500 Bids
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RARE ORIGINAL JAWS MOVIE PROP PRODUCTION SCREEN USED
Dec 02, 3:00 PM EST
RARE ORIGINAL JAWS MOVIE PROP PRODUCTION SCREEN USED
by Activity Auctions
Est: $500- $800
$1000 Bids
Thor – The Dark Kingdom (2013) – Marodeur-Helm
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CET
Thor – The Dark Kingdom (2013) – Marodeur-Helm
by Hampel Fine Art Auctions
Est: €2,500- €3,500
€2,4000 Bids
Joan Crawford Shoes, Handbag & Gloves
Dec 15, 11:00 AM EST
Joan Crawford Shoes, Handbag & Gloves
by Willow Auction House
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Thors Heldenhammer Mjölnir
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CET
Thors Heldenhammer Mjölnir
by Hampel Fine Art Auctions
Est: €25,000- €50,000
€24,0000 Bids
Rick's Cafe Americain Vintage "Casablanca" Prop Envelope
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
Rick's Cafe Americain Vintage "Casablanca" Prop Envelope
by Regency Antique Books
Est: $40- $50
$200 Bids
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Pantalon en daim porté par Jean Dujardin dans le film " Le Daim " de Quentin Dupieux
Dec 01, 7:00 PM CET
Pantalon en daim porté par Jean Dujardin dans le film " Le Daim " de Quentin Dupieux
by Artcurial
Est: €500- €0
€5000 Bids
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Paire de chaussettes hautes portées par Jacques Tati dans le film " Trafic "
Dec 01, 7:00 PM CET
Paire de chaussettes hautes portées par Jacques Tati dans le film " Trafic "
by Artcurial
Est: €500- €0
€5000 Bids
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A SYLVIA SIDNEY COSTUME FROM CITY STREETS
Dec 07, 10:00 AM PST
A SYLVIA SIDNEY COSTUME FROM CITY STREETS
by Bonhams
Est: $600- $800
$6000 Bids
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A CARL BRISSON COSTUME FROM ALL THE KING'S HORSES
Dec 07, 10:00 AM PST
A CARL BRISSON COSTUME FROM ALL THE KING'S HORSES
by Bonhams
Est: $400- $600
$4000 Bids
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A HAROLD NICHOLAS COSTUME FROM CORONADO
Dec 07, 10:00 AM PST
A HAROLD NICHOLAS COSTUME FROM CORONADO
by Bonhams
Est: $500- $700
$5000 Bids
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A LOUIS HAYWARD COSTUME FROM THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK
Dec 07, 10:00 AM PST
A LOUIS HAYWARD COSTUME FROM THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK
by Bonhams
Est: $800- $1,200
$8000 Bids
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A VERA ZORINA COSTUME FROM THE 'SLAUGHTER ON TENTH AVENUE' NUMBER IN ON YOUR TOES
Dec 07, 10:00 AM PST
A VERA ZORINA COSTUME FROM THE 'SLAUGHTER ON TENTH AVENUE' NUMBER IN ON YOUR TOES
by Bonhams
Est: $800- $1,200
$8000 Bids
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AN ANDREA KING COSTUME FROM THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS
Dec 07, 10:00 AM PST
AN ANDREA KING COSTUME FROM THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS
by Bonhams
Est: $600- $800
$6000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Movie Props


Bonhams

Bonhams

Hampel Fine Art Auctions

Hampel Fine Art Auctions

Artcurial

Artcurial

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC