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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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1939 Dodge City Errol Flynn Corduroy Riding Pants
Jun 15, 10:00 AM CDT
1939 Dodge City Errol Flynn Corduroy Riding Pants
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Jason Momoa | Fender Custom Shop Nocaster Relic w/COA
May 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Jason Momoa | Fender Custom Shop Nocaster Relic w/COA
by Julien's Auctions
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$5001 Bid
Jason Momoa | Fender Custom Shop 54 Strat Relic w/ COA
May 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Jason Momoa | Fender Custom Shop 54 Strat Relic w/ COA
by Julien's Auctions
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$5001 Bid
VINTAGE CUTLASS SWORD FILM / BROADWAY PROP
May 29, 3:00 PM EDT
VINTAGE CUTLASS SWORD FILM / BROADWAY PROP
by Austin York LLC
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
ROCKETTES DRESS MANNEQUINN
May 29, 3:00 PM EDT
ROCKETTES DRESS MANNEQUINN
by Austin York LLC
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
ROCKETTES DRESS MANNEQUINN
May 29, 3:00 PM EDT
ROCKETTES DRESS MANNEQUINN
by Austin York LLC
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
BROADWAY LA CAGES AUX FOLLES MONK SCULPTURE PROP
May 29, 3:00 PM EDT
BROADWAY LA CAGES AUX FOLLES MONK SCULPTURE PROP
by Austin York LLC
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
CARNEGIE HALL GOLD CHERUB W MANDOLIN
May 29, 3:00 PM EDT
CARNEGIE HALL GOLD CHERUB W MANDOLIN
by Austin York LLC
Est: $100- $200
$400 Bids
ROCKETTES DRESS MANNEQUINN
May 29, 3:00 PM EDT
ROCKETTES DRESS MANNEQUINN
by Austin York LLC
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
GREAT CAPTAIN BROADSWORD REPLICA PROP
May 29, 3:00 PM EDT
GREAT CAPTAIN BROADSWORD REPLICA PROP
by Austin York LLC
Est: $80- $120
$500 Bids
HOLLYWOOD FILM / BROADWAY FAIRY SCULPTURE PROP
May 29, 3:00 PM EDT
HOLLYWOOD FILM / BROADWAY FAIRY SCULPTURE PROP
by Austin York LLC
Est: $120- $200
$500 Bids
HOLLYWOOD FILM / BROADWAY FAIRY SCULPTURE PROP
May 29, 3:00 PM EDT
HOLLYWOOD FILM / BROADWAY FAIRY SCULPTURE PROP
by Austin York LLC
Est: $120- $200
$500 Bids
HOLLYWOOD FILM / BROADWAY FAIRY SCULPTURE PROP
May 29, 3:00 PM EDT
HOLLYWOOD FILM / BROADWAY FAIRY SCULPTURE PROP
by Austin York LLC
Est: $120- $200
$500 Bids
Green Lantern Power Battery Prop, DC Direct
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
Green Lantern Power Battery Prop, DC Direct
by Weiss Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Jason Momoa | Tyde Ukulele
May 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Jason Momoa | Tyde Ukulele
by Julien's Auctions
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$5000 Bids
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) - David Frangioni Collection: Wedgwood Commemorative Plate, circa 1968
May 30, 2:00 PM BST
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) - David Frangioni Collection: Wedgwood Commemorative Plate, circa 1968
by Propstore London
Est: £200- £400
£2000 Bids
Truman Show Production Prop Briefcase
May 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Truman Show Production Prop Briefcase
by Weiss Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids
Lee Marvin Movie Worn Vest.
May 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Lee Marvin Movie Worn Vest.
by Weiss Auctions
Est: $500- $1,000
$2500 Bids
VINTAGE CUTLASS SWORD FILM / BROADWAY PROP
May 29, 3:00 PM EDT
VINTAGE CUTLASS SWORD FILM / BROADWAY PROP
by Austin York LLC
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
Star Trek The Original Series, Tricorder Hero Pro
May 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Star Trek The Original Series, Tricorder Hero Pro
by Weiss Auctions
Est: $50,000- $75,000
$35,0000 Bids
Star Trek The Original Series, Type 1 Phaser Prop
May 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Star Trek The Original Series, Type 1 Phaser Prop
by Weiss Auctions
Est: $20,000- $30,000
$10,0000 Bids
Jason Momoa | Gibson Custom Slash "Jessica" Les Paul
May 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Jason Momoa | Gibson Custom Slash "Jessica" Les Paul
by Julien's Auctions
Est: $8,000- $10,000
$2,0000 Bids
1986 Alien II Xenomorph Queen Babies Blown Up Body Parts Props
Jun 15, 10:00 AM CDT
1986 Alien II Xenomorph Queen Babies Blown Up Body Parts Props
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
1987 Nadine Kim Bassinger Screen-Worn Two-Piece Business Suit
Jun 15, 10:00 AM CDT
1987 Nadine Kim Bassinger Screen-Worn Two-Piece Business Suit
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $400- $700
$2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Movie Props


Austin York LLC

Austin York LLC

Weiss Auctions

Weiss Auctions

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Julien's Auctions

Julien's Auctions