It takes a variety of ingredients to make a legendary blockbuster hit. Great actors, a believable script and some serious CGI these days. Also part of an Oscar-nominee is usually a memorable, visually impressive set. but once the director shouts his final ‘cut’, the iconic sets are dismantled, resulting in a goldmine of memorabilia over the years.
Actor and actresses’ costumes, massive on-set props and everything in-between. Movie props come in a whole range of different shapes and sizes, not to mention price-tags. Speaking of which, here are the most expensive movie props for sale as of 2015.
10. Troy: Achilles’ Shield – $7,495
In the movie Troy, Brad Pitt plays the legendary Achilles, which essentially means one of the coolest men alive at the time. Wearing a gladiator style costume, while wielding a bronze shield, he manages to get everybody excited. The shield is designed with eight discs on the front and moving figures in the center.
9. Gorillas In The Mist: Simba Stunt Head – $7,495
In the film Gorillas in the Mist, Sigourney Weaver played Dian Fossey, a woman who studied and protected a group of gorillas. During production, gorillas were not always available for filming and a stand in stunt gorilla head was made. This gorilla head is Simba, one of the female gorillas in the movie.
8. Pulp Fiction: Honey Bunny’s Hero Smith & Wesson Centennial Model 40 – $7,995
Quentin Tarantino‘s Pulp Fiction was a hit movie in 1994 and to this day has a large following of fans. This revolver was used in the opening and final scene of the film by Amanda Plummer who played Honey Bunny. It was created in 1952 by Smith & Wesson and is a functioning firearm.
7. Smooth Criminal: Michael Jackson Hair Piece – $7,995
This one of a kind hair piece was used in the making of Michael Jackson‘s anthology film Moonwalker. During the filming of Smooth Criminal Jackson changes into a giant robot. This hair piece was in one of the transformation scenes.
6. The Chronicles Of Narnia: Original Minotaur Costume Display – $8,995
Made from a large foam suit that is covered with faux black and gray fur, the Minotaur costume is recognizable from several scenes in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian movie. With highly intricate facial details and glass eyes, the costume is made to look as real as possible.
5. Gremlins 2: Hero Lenny Gremlin Puppet – $9,995
The 1990 movie Gremlins 2: The New Batch, featured Lenny Gremlin, an idiotic, bucktoothed gremlin that stood 3 feet tall. A puppet was used in several scenes that allowed for the head and facial movements of Lenny. The foam latex creature has been restored and features Lenny’s signature dopey look.
4. I, Robot: Full Size Light Up NS5 – $9,319
Standing just over 74 inches tall, the NS5 Robot is one of the few robotic movie props that were used in the filming of I, Robot. The action movie that starred Will Smith used most computer generated robots throughout the film. This particular robot was used in the filming of a fight scene, which caused a bit of damage to its metal frame.
Fans of the Gremlins will love this 31 inch high puppet that was used in Gremlins 2: The New Batch. The puppet was designed to represent what the Gremlins looked like after they were electrocuted in the film’s finale. Not only does the Gremlin puppet look like its skin is sliding off its body, it also has all of the features of a real puppet.
2. Black Swan: Swarovski Chandelier – $18,995
The psychological thriller, Black Swan stars Natalie Portman as a ballerina vying for the lead role in Swan Lake. In the film, a large chandelier hangs from the ceiling of the recital room and on stage during the finale. The chandelier is made up of 76 lights, polished silver pieces, and Swarovski Element Crystals.
1. Batmobile Insert Cockpit – $49,995
When Tim Burton made Batman Returns, he requested a studio process car to be created for interior shots of the Batmobile. Without the body of the vehicle, Burton and his team were able to get closer shots from a variety of angles of Batman inside his Batmobile.