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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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Group of 5 Golden Age of Looney Tunes Laser Disc Sets
May 04, 9:00 AM CDT
Group of 5 Golden Age of Looney Tunes Laser Disc Sets
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$505 Bids
10K GOLD LOOK AWARD - FILM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, PRESENTED TO WILLIAM GOETZ, 1952
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
10K GOLD LOOK AWARD - FILM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, PRESENTED TO WILLIAM GOETZ, 1952
by Potomack Company
Est: $700- $900
$8503 Bids
WWII FRANK SINATRA USMC MOVIE THEATER LOBBY CARDS
Apr 27, 12:00 PM EDT
WWII FRANK SINATRA USMC MOVIE THEATER LOBBY CARDS
by Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.
Est: $50- $10,000
$1003 Bids
1977 Bruce Lee Enter The Dragon Karate Sportscaster Rookie Italy Card #02-20 NM
May 18, 6:00 PM EDT
1977 Bruce Lee Enter The Dragon Karate Sportscaster Rookie Italy Card #02-20 NM
by Caff's Collectibles
Est: $40- $65
$112 Bids
1977 Bruce Lee Enter The Dragon Karate Sportscaster Rookie Japan Card #02-20 NM
May 18, 6:00 PM EDT
1977 Bruce Lee Enter The Dragon Karate Sportscaster Rookie Japan Card #02-20 NM
by Caff's Collectibles
Est: $40- $65
$112 Bids
1969 Topps Planet of the Apes Test Set Display Box
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
1969 Topps Planet of the Apes Test Set Display Box
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5502 Bids
LARGE LOT OF ASST. DVD'S
Apr 27, 11:00 AM EDT
LARGE LOT OF ASST. DVD'S
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
WWII USMC MOVIE THEATER LOBBY CARDS
Apr 27, 12:00 PM EDT
WWII USMC MOVIE THEATER LOBBY CARDS
by Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.
Est: $50- $10,000
$602 Bids
Large Lot of Laser Discs - Many Factory Sealed
May 09, 11:00 AM EDT
Large Lot of Laser Discs - Many Factory Sealed
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $200
$152 Bids
Large Lot of Laser Discs - Many Factory Sealed
May 09, 11:00 AM EDT
Large Lot of Laser Discs - Many Factory Sealed
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $200
$152 Bids
Group of 17 Shirley Temple Arcade Cards
Apr 27, 9:00 AM CDT
Group of 17 Shirley Temple Arcade Cards
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$151 Bid
1979 Topps Rocky II Sylvester Stallone Complete 99 Movie Trading Card Set + Wrapper
May 18, 6:00 PM EDT
1979 Topps Rocky II Sylvester Stallone Complete 99 Movie Trading Card Set + Wrapper
by Caff's Collectibles
Est: $35- $60
$101 Bid
A Collection of DVD's Including Thor & Matilda
Apr 28, 11:00 AM AEST
A Collection of DVD's Including Thor & Matilda
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD40- AUD80
AUD201 Bid
(52) Assorted NIB DVD Movie
May 11, 9:00 AM CDT
(52) Assorted NIB DVD Movie
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $40- $80
$201 Bid
82PC 1966 Philadelphia Gum James Bond Card Group
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
82PC 1966 Philadelphia Gum James Bond Card Group
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
1979 Topps Moonraker James Bond 007 Sealed Unopened 2 Pack Movie Trading Card Lot
May 18, 6:00 PM EDT
1979 Topps Moonraker James Bond 007 Sealed Unopened 2 Pack Movie Trading Card Lot
by Caff's Collectibles
Est: $15- $20
$21 Bid
1978 Topps Jaws 2 Complete 59 Movie Trading Card Set + 11 Stickers + Wrappers
May 18, 6:00 PM EDT
1978 Topps Jaws 2 Complete 59 Movie Trading Card Set + 11 Stickers + Wrappers
by Caff's Collectibles
Est: $15- $25
$51 Bid
R.M.S. TITANIC:
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
R.M.S. TITANIC:
by Henry Aldridge & Son Ltd
Est: £100- £150
£1001 Bid
MOVIES:
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
MOVIES:
by Henry Aldridge & Son Ltd
Est: £300- £500
£3001 Bid
Bad News Bears #3 Button Up Black Jersey - Medium
Apr 26, 8:00 AM CDT
Bad News Bears #3 Button Up Black Jersey - Medium
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$401 Bid
LARGE LOT OF ASST. DVD'S
Apr 27, 11:00 AM EDT
LARGE LOT OF ASST. DVD'S
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Group of 3 Reprinted 1932 Universal The Mummy Promotional Photographs
May 04, 9:00 AM CDT
Group of 3 Reprinted 1932 Universal The Mummy Promotional Photographs
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$151 Bid
Large Lot of Laser Discs
May 09, 11:00 AM EDT
Large Lot of Laser Discs
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $200
$101 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Movie Memorabilia


Connoisseur Online

Connoisseur Online

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Eternity Gallery

Eternity Gallery

McCurley Auction Company

McCurley Auction Company