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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.

Recommended Items at Auction

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"INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS" PROP WWII GERMAN SS UNIFORM
Feb 28, 10:00 AM EST
"INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS" PROP WWII GERMAN SS UNIFORM
by Centurion Auctions
Est: $400- $800
$4257 Bids
Daniel Craig's costume as Tuvio Bielski in the film 'Defiance', 2008
Mar 05, 6:00 PM GMT
Daniel Craig's costume as Tuvio Bielski in the film 'Defiance', 2008
by Kerry Taylor Auctions
Est: £500- £900
£4003 Bids
Drew Barrymore's costume as Danielle in the film 'Ever After: A Cinderella Story', 1998
Mar 05, 6:00 PM GMT
Drew Barrymore's costume as Danielle in the film 'Ever After: A Cinderella Story', 1998
by Kerry Taylor Auctions
Est: £1,000- £1,500
£8502 Bids
TORCHWOOD (2006-2011) - Captain Jack Harkness' (John Barrowman) Bloodied Costume Components
Mar 14, 9:00 AM PDT
TORCHWOOD (2006-2011) - Captain Jack Harkness' (John Barrowman) Bloodied Costume Components
by Propstore Los Angeles
Est: $100- $200
$1001 Bid
CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC FAIRY PROP
Feb 28, 3:00 PM EST
CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC FAIRY PROP
by Austin York LLC
Est: $140- $225
$501 Bid
CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC FAIRY PROP
Feb 28, 3:00 PM EST
CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC FAIRY PROP
by Austin York LLC
Est: $120- $200
$501 Bid
FILM PROP WHITE FAIRY W IRIDESCENT WINGS
Feb 28, 3:00 PM EST
FILM PROP WHITE FAIRY W IRIDESCENT WINGS
by Austin York LLC
Est: $150- $250
$501 Bid
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (2001) - Pocket Watch Crew Gift
Mar 14, 9:00 AM PDT
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (2001) - Pocket Watch Crew Gift
by Propstore Los Angeles
Est: $100- $200
$1001 Bid
ARMY OF THE DEAD (2021) - Zombie Costume and Two Pair of Zombie Gloves
Mar 14, 9:00 AM PDT
ARMY OF THE DEAD (2021) - Zombie Costume and Two Pair of Zombie Gloves
by Propstore Los Angeles
Est: $100- $200
$1001 Bid
EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT (1997-2002) - Howlyn's (Alan Van Sprang) Bloodied Costume
Mar 14, 9:00 AM PDT
EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT (1997-2002) - Howlyn's (Alan Van Sprang) Bloodied Costume
by Propstore Los Angeles
Est: $100- $200
$1001 Bid
YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN (2008) - Fizzy Bubblech Can and Chocolochum Bar
Mar 14, 9:00 AM PDT
YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN (2008) - Fizzy Bubblech Can and Chocolochum Bar
by Propstore Los Angeles
Est: $100- $200
$1001 Bid
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (2009) - Wolverine's (Hugh Jackman) Production-Made Adamantium Claw Blades
Mar 14, 9:00 AM PDT
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (2009) - Wolverine's (Hugh Jackman) Production-Made Adamantium Claw Blades
by Propstore Los Angeles
Est: $100- $200
$1001 Bid
Dame Julie Andrews' costume as Victoria Grant in the film 'Victor Victoria', 1982
Mar 05, 6:00 PM GMT
Dame Julie Andrews' costume as Victoria Grant in the film 'Victor Victoria', 1982
by Kerry Taylor Auctions
Est: £2,000- £3,000
£1,6001 Bid
Meryl Streep's hat, worn as Baroness Karen Blixen in the film 'Out Of Africa', 1984
Mar 05, 6:00 PM GMT
Meryl Streep's hat, worn as Baroness Karen Blixen in the film 'Out Of Africa', 1984
by Kerry Taylor Auctions
Est: £400- £600
£3201 Bid
TROPIC THUNDER (2008) - Les Grossman's (Tom Cruise) Watch, Necklace, Rings and Bluetooth Headset
Mar 12, 9:00 AM PDT
TROPIC THUNDER (2008) - Les Grossman's (Tom Cruise) Watch, Necklace, Rings and Bluetooth Headset
by Propstore Los Angeles
Est: $1,200- $2,400
$6001 Bid
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Old Shoes / Movie Props
Mar 10, 1:00 PM PST
Old Shoes / Movie Props
by Pasadena Antique Warehouse
Est: $100- $200
$100 Bids
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Old Shoes / Movie Props
Mar 10, 1:00 PM PST
Old Shoes / Movie Props
by Pasadena Antique Warehouse
Est: $100- $200
$100 Bids
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Old Shoes / Movie Props
Mar 10, 1:00 PM PST
Old Shoes / Movie Props
by Pasadena Antique Warehouse
Est: $100- $200
$100 Bids
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Old Shoes / Movie Props
Mar 10, 1:00 PM PST
Old Shoes / Movie Props
by Pasadena Antique Warehouse
Est: $100- $200
$100 Bids
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Old Shoes / Movie Props
Mar 10, 1:00 PM PST
Old Shoes / Movie Props
by Pasadena Antique Warehouse
Est: $100- $200
$100 Bids
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Old Shoes / Movie Props
Mar 10, 1:00 PM PST
Old Shoes / Movie Props
by Pasadena Antique Warehouse
Est: $100- $200
$50 Bids
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Old Shoes / Movie Props
Mar 10, 1:00 PM PST
Old Shoes / Movie Props
by Pasadena Antique Warehouse
Est: $100- $200
$100 Bids
ROCKETTES DRESS MANNEQUINN
Feb 28, 3:00 PM EST
ROCKETTES DRESS MANNEQUINN
by Austin York LLC
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
BROADWAY LA CAGES AUX FOLLES MONK SCULPTURE PROP
Feb 28, 3:00 PM EST
BROADWAY LA CAGES AUX FOLLES MONK SCULPTURE PROP
by Austin York LLC
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Movie Props


Kerry Taylor Auctions

Kerry Taylor Auctions

Austin York LLC

Austin York LLC