How much will you pay for your favorite movie prop? Well, it turns out, many fans are willing to pay a fortune for them, but only if you have the deep pockets for those hectic bids. Remember that classy Aston Martin driven by James Bond in Goldfinger?
It currently holds the record for the most expensive original movie memorabilia ever auctioned at $6.4 million. Horror movie posters and other memorabilia have also hit auction houses with a bang, selling for super high prices. From Dracula to Aliens, here are the ten most expensive horror movie pieces of memorabilia ever sold at auctions.
10 ONE OF THE LAST TWO ORIGINAL DRACULA POSTERS (DRACULA 1931) - $525,000
Every original Dracula poster with that famous face of Bela Lugosi and a blue background would definitely fetch a lot at auctions. Sadly, there are only two of these original Dracula 1931 posters surviving on earth, so most fans would gladly pay a fortune for it.
It became the most expensive original movie poster ever bought at an auction going for a whopping $525,000 at Heritage house auction in Dallas in November 2017. It was one of the last surviving relics of Dracula saved by the photographer George J. Mitchell Jr. from the 1950s. It was in a mint condition at the auction and the house expected to make up to $700,000 from it.
9 JACK NICHOLSON'S AXE (THE SHINING 1980) - $209,000
The shinning has risen to the top of all-time horror movie rankings with a record-breaking global fan base, which is why fans would go crazy for this ax. It went up for auction at the BFI IMAX auction in Waterloo London in October 2019 alongside other horror movie memorabilia.
The axe was still in perfect shape with scratches from the famous door breaking scene still visible, which took fans by surprise. The hectic bidding process lasted an entire 12 minutes, with the winning bid clocking in at $209,000. It was over five times what the auction house expected the axe to fetch.
8 RILEY`S SPACESUIT (ALIEN 1979) - $204,000
What scared you the most about Ridley Scott's Alien 1979? Whether it was the long piercing alien teeth or the scary slimy aliens, you definitely loved it in the end. Most of the items from the original 1979 Alien were auctioned at the Hollywood memorabilia auction in the 90s, although they didn't fetch much then.
It was, however, featured again in 2018 at the Icons and Heroes of Hollywood auction in 2018. The jumpsuit with heavy ivory paneling and fiberglass went for $204,000, becoming the most expensive sci-fi horror movie memorabilia ever sold.
7 THE ROBOTIC GORILLA MODEL (KING KONG 1933) - $200,000
It turns out, the original King Kong wasn't as big as we thought. King Kong was put up for sale at an auction in London in 2009, shocking many fans since it could be easily carried in one arm. The small robotic model was tiny and covered in rabbit fur, but it is worth more than the actual budget of the film.
The 22-Inch model featured at Christie's auction house in London expected to sell for around $150,000, but it ended up fetching $200,000. It now stands as the most expensive King Kong memorabilia beating King Kong Skull Island by a huge gap.
6 ACKERMAN'S DRACULA RING (HOUSE OF DRACULA 1945) - $46,000
Bela Lugosi's Ring is also one of the most popular Dracula memorabilia of all time. It featured in many movies, including Abbot by Bela Lugosi, House of Frankenstein 1944 by John Carradine, and in Castello Meet Frankenstein 1948.
It was sold as part of other treasures kept by Forry Ackerman alongside his personal property, although it stood out as one of the all-time favorite horror movie memorabilia. It fetched $46,000 in the New York auction in May 2009.
5 RILEY'S FLAME THROWER (ALIENS 1986) - $108,000
In the Aliens Sequel in 1986, Sigourney Weaver appeared with this badass looking flame thrower. As it turns out, it was a real work of art build from parts of a grenade launcher, an M16 rifle, and an m203 grenade launcher.
It was also sold at the icons and heroes of Hollywood auction in 2018 alongside the spacesuit. It also raised eyebrows after fetching $108,000 way over its initial naming price of $40,000-60,000. It was still in perfect shape with the armband and the rifle receiver still intact.
4 THE ORIGINAL KING KONG POSTER (KING KONG 1933) - $244,500
This was one of the last surviving vintage posters of King Kong 1933, and someone wanted to keep it in Hollywood. Cecilia Presley, the granddaughter of Cecile Demille, the 90s movie director, paid nearly a quarter of a million dollars for the poster.
She wanted to donate the poster to the museum of motion pictures for the future generation. She was forced to fork out $244,500 at the Sotheby's auction house amid heavy demand from other King Kong fans.
3 THE ORIGINAL MUMMY POSTER (THE MUMMY 1932) - $478,000
This was the record holder for the most expensive poster ever auctioned in the world until the Dracula poster sale in 2017. The poster was sold for $478,000 in 1997, beating the very cost of production, which was a mere $168,000 in 1932.
The high demand for this poster was partly due to the great design and coloring of Karloff by Karoly Grosz, the designer. It was the last such poster on earth and managed to hold the record for a whole two decades.
2 THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN POSTER (THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN1935) - $358,000
Boris Karloff`s image on posters from The Bride of Frankenstein has attracted some of the highest prices ever paid for movie memorabilia. In 2015, a 14-Inch insert for The Bride of Frankenstein sold for $262,000 at a heritage auctions sale setting the record for the highest amount ever paid for a movie insert.
The Bride of Frankenstein, however, broke the world record again when a collector bought a 7-foot long printed poster for $358,000. It was the largest surviving full-sized poster from the film and the most expensive one ever sold.
1 THE BLACK CAT POSTER (THE BLACK CAT 1934) - $334,600
An original poster with a classy design and coloring of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi is a must-have collectible for any vintage horror movie fan.
The original Black Cat poster is the best way to enjoy these rare images, which is why this poster killed it at the heritage auction 2009. The red black and white poster shot to a whopping $334,600 in bidding, becoming the most expensive poster featuring the two vintage film stars ever sold.