Movie Memorabilia Bring In Over $15 Million At Auction

The sale included iconic props and costumes from films such as “Titanic,” “Indiana Jones,” “The Shining.”

Late last March, Heritage Auctions held the Treasures From Planet Hollywood auction. The sale brought in $15.68 million, becoming one of the most successful auctions of film props and costumes.

The event featured almost 1,600 lots, many of which sold for more than their initial estimate. Over 5,500 bidders worldwide participated, both online and at the auction house’s headquarters.

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Biggest sale

The highest-selling memorabilia from the auction was a prop from Titanic. The door which saved Rose (Kate Winslet) at the end of the film fetched $718,750. The floating panel is made of balsa wood with ornate floral accents.

The floating door prop from Titanic fetched $718,750 at auction
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The piece of wood has been a topic for debate among fans of the movie for years. Many argue that the two lovers could have easily fit on the floating door, saving them both instead of just Rose.

Years after the film’s release, director James Cameron himself attempted to put an end to the argument. In an interview with Postmedia, Cameron said that he and some experts conducted a scientific study proving that only one of them could have lived.

James Cameron, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Kate Winslet behind the scenes of Titanic's finale
Image via Instagram @titanicmovie

“[Jack] needed to die. It’s like Romeo and Juliet. It’s a movie about love and sacrifice and mortality. The love is measured by the sacrifice,” the director concluded.

Other key lots

Costumes from Titanic like Rose’s chiffon dress seen in the film’s final scenes and Jack’s signature outfit were also on sale at the auction. The “swim dress” fetched $118,750 while Leonardo DiCaprio’s original costume sold for $60,000.

Indiana Jones' whip sold for $525,000 at the Planet Hollywood auction
Image via Instagram @heritageauctions

Meanwhile, Indiana Jones’ signature bullwhip from Temple of Doom sold for $525,000. It became the most valuable prop from the entire franchise. Following the whip, Bill Murray’s red rose bowling ball from Kingpin was the third highest-selling item from the auction at $350,000. It is now also the most valuable bowling ball in the world.

Bill Murray's rose bowling ball from Kingpin fetched $350,000 at auction
Image via Instagram @heritageauctions

Princess Leia’s (Carrie Fisher) blaster from Return of the Jedi and Jack Torrance’s (Jack Nicholson) ax from The Shining both sold for six figures at the auction. The Star Wars prop fetched $150,000 while the original ax from Stanley Kubrick’s horror film $125,000.

Princess Leia's blaster sold for $150,000 at auction
Image via Instagram @heritageauctions

Other props and costumes that fetched six figures at the auction include two of Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man 3 suits ($125,000 and $106,250), the helm wheel ($200,000) and a prototype floating panel ($125,000) from Titanic, and one of Marilyn Monroe’s dresses from Let’s Make Love ($137,500).

Banner image via Instagram @titanicmovie.

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