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Most expensive celebrity memorabilia

Andrea Divirgilio / April 3, 2012

Celebrities would have never imagined that they would leave such a mark on generations to come. From the very beginning, celebrities have been leaving the biggest imprint on the society. When they are alive, they leave their fans spellbound, and once they leave the world, their memorabilia do all the speaking for them. Often, the things these celebrities touch, turns into gold, but few memorabilia cost more than this. Celebrity memorabilia often goes on sale and fetches millions of dollars from the auction. Right from the hair of the celebrities to the dresses worn by them in movies, everything remains in vogue. For the people who are in love with collecting most expensive collectibles in the world, we have compiled a list of such memorabilia that went under the hammer and fetched astronomical prices, read on:

Most expensive celebrity memorabila

1). Debbie Reynolds Film Memorabilia Auction

Estimated price: $18 Million-$19 million

Fetched: $22.8 Million

Debbie Reynolds Film Memorabilia Auction

Debbie Reynolds Film Memorabilia Auction is one of the most highly anticipated auctions related to the belongings of the celebrities. The auction includes collection of original film posters, dresses, film costumes, shoes and many other things used by the celebs. The auction was expecting a high price of $18 million but fetched a little more than that – $22.8 million. It sold items like the white billowing dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in the Seven Year Itch that fetched $4.6 Million, Judy Garland ‘Dorothy’ dress worn in Wizard of Oz that sold for $910,000, Audrey Hepburn Ascot dress that went on for $3.7 million, Julie’s SOM guitar that fetched $140,000 and many more items.

2). Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ jacket

Estimated Price: $200,000 to $400,000

Fetched: $1.8 Million

Most expensive celebrity memorabilia

The famous Thriller jacket worn by King of Pop Michael Jackson is in craze since the video of famed album Thriller was released in 1983. This legendary jacket was a gift to Jackson’s well known costume designers Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush. The jacket was estimated to fetch around $200,000 to $400,000 but actually got dramatically high price and was sold at $1.8 million at the auction held at Julien’s Auction Gallery, Beverly Hills.

3). Cape worn in early Dracula film

Price expected: $1.5 million to $2 million.

Cape worn in early Dracula film

The much awaited auction of the Hollywood goodies, ‘Icons of Hollywood’, which is going to take place in Beverly Hills from December 15 to 17, has numerous interesting items to allure the super rich fans. One such extravagant item that is going under the hammer by auctioneer Profiles in History is the cape worn by Bela Lugosi in Dracula, which is one of the few early horror movies ever made. The classic actor Lugosi, who also worked in several early horror movies like Son of Frankenstein, died in 1956 and was buried in his Dracula costume. This cape was the only thing that was left unburied and now is up for auction. The cape was with his son after his death and now the family wants to auction this original piece and few other classic collectables from Lugosi’s films. The ‘Icons of Hollywood’ is going to sell many items from a range of Hollywood films but this cape is said to fetch the highest amount amongst the other lot and expected to draw $1.5 million to $2 million.

4). Steve McQueen’s ‘Le Mans’ Racing Suit

Price fetched: $984,000

Most expensive celebrity memorabilia

We remember Steve McQueen in one of his legendry motor racing suit that he wore in famous movie ‘Le Mans’. The suit was worn by him in 1971, which was later offered for sale by Toronto’s Collector’s Studio. The suit is made by Hinchman of Indianapolis and bears the name of McQueen’s character in the movie, Michael Delaney. The jacket also features the logos of Gulf, Heuer, Firestone, and the American flag. Steve McQueen’s iconic white suit from the cult racing film, “Le Mans”, has been sold at the recent Profiles in History auction in California for $984,000, making it the most expensive item of racing memorabilia ever sold.

5). Richard Gere Guitar Collection

Price fetched: $936,000

Richard Gere Guitar Collection

Richard Gere collection of guitar was up for auction recently and fetched around $936,000. The best guitar amongst the lot was 960 Gibson Les Paul that surpassed the estimated cost $90,000 and was sold at $98,500. Another guitar that crossed the estimated price was the 1958 Gibson Flying V that was estimated at $60,000 but sold at $74,500.

6). ‘Wizard of Oz’ Ruby slippers

Price fetched: NA

'Wizard of Oz' Ruby slippers

Ruby slippers, worn onscreen by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” was put on auction by famous auctioneer Profiles of History, and was expected to fetch somewhere around $2.6-3.8 million. But, the officials from the auction house said, they didn’t sell it at the time of auction. Now, it’s been reported that Judy Garland’s ruby red slippers from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ have found their way, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had acquired the one of the four known surviving pairs of the iconic shoes made for the 1939 movie. Regarded as one of the world’s best known film props, the shoes are believed to have worn by Judy Garland’s Dorothy when she hit hard on her heels to go back home to Kansas close to the end of the movie. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which organizes the annual Oscar awards said that Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio had headed a group of ‘angel donor’ to purchase the shoes from Profiles in History for a museum planned by the academy. However, the amount been paid for this ruby red slippers have not been disclosed, but the slippers got sold for $612,000 in May 2011. The shoes are marked as #7 Judy Garland and have authentic leather soles that are painted red. The pair was originally found by costume department worker Kent Warner in the early 1970s on MGM lot. The pull for this glamorous ruby shoe has always been strong even after seven decades, as the shoes are in near mint condition.

7). Lady Gaga’s autographed urinal

Price expected: $460,000

Lady Gaga's autographed urinal

A urinal signed by Pop queen Lady Gaga, also known for her weirdest hairdos and whackiest wardrobes is on auction. Talking about this unusual memorabilia, eBay’s new auction site has this eccentric dresser’s toilet seat on sale for $460,000. Noticeably, this men’s urinal was not actually used by the Mother Monster but was a prop in Japan Vogue Homme photo shoot. The Lady’s words of wisdom that is inscribed on it say, “I’m not a f—king king Duchamp but I love p–sing with you.”

8). James Bond’s golden gun

Price: $437,000

Most expensive celebrity memorabilia

The iconic thriller star Sean Connery was seen holding this golden gun in the film’s poster. This was sold for $437,000 that is 14 times its original value. The gun was a part of Christie’s Popular Culture: Film and Entertainment’ auction in London. Originally, the gun was never meant to be used in the movie, but this happened to be used as the original Walther PPK pistol didn’t turn up.

9). Marilyn Monroe’s black cocktail dress

Price fetched: $348,000

Most expensive celebrity memorabilia

Who can forget Marilyn Monroe, and so is with her beautiful cocktail dress that she wore in 1958 which fetched a record-breaking $348,000 when put on auction. The auction of the stunning black crepe cocktail dress with deep V-neck, and low-cut back with pouf hemline took place at the Julien’s. Monroe is seen wearing the same dress on the cover of the book “Marilyn Monroe: From Beginning to End” by Michael Ventura.

10). Marilyn Monroe’s wedding ring

Price expected: $300,000

Marilyn Monroe's wedding ring

Blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe’s wedding ring from Joe DiMaggio will soon be adorning the finger of a very lucky woman as this ring is up for auction. The auction will take place in California auction house at a three-day event named as “Icons of Hollywood”. Other celebrity memorabilia will also be put on display at the sale that will take place from December 16th this year. The wedding band is made of platinum and is adorned with 35 baguette-cut diamonds that Monroe wore at her wedding on January 14 1954. She eloped to get married to Joe DiMaggio but was later divorced in one year. The ring is expected to fetch more than $300,000. The actress’s iconic dress that she wore in the movie The Seven Year Itch broke all the records and fetched $5.5 million at Profiles In History auction earlier this year

11). John Wayne’s green beret

Price Fetched: $179,250

John Wayne's green beret (hat)

The Green Berets, a war film, who had John Wayne as a leading actor is in news. This time for the famous Green Beret (hat) worn by the actor in the film that fetched a lot in an auction. The costume hat fetched $179,250 along with the other celebrity memorabilia that was sold at the same auction. The auction raised a total of $5.3 million with many items raising the estimating price. A segment of the profits has gone to cancer research, treatment and education by the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

Update: John Wayne’s ‘Green Beret’ fetches $179,250 at Entertainment and Music memorabilia auction at Heritage.

12). John Wayne’s True Grit Outfit

Price expected: $164,000

Most expensive celebrity memorabilia

The Hollywood celebrity John Wayne’s outfit that he wore in his Oscar-winning role as Rooster Cogburn, is up for sale and was expected to fetch $164,000. The whole lot of the costume, including the true Grit’s anti-hero Rooster Cogburn’s cowboy hat, shirt, waistcoat, jacket, trousers, boots and iconic eye patch was put on auction in Los Angeles in October last year. The jacket has a lining with a label that reads Western Costume Co / Hollywood / 2318-4 / John Wayne / Chest 50. The costume also has a long sleeve, single pocket shirt of fine blue cotton, custom-made for Wayne by Ermenegildo Zegna, that he worn in the film True Grit.

13). Bruce Lee’s coat

Price fetched: $77,000

Most expensive celebrity memorabilia

Bruce Lee who was very well known for his fight sequences in movies wore this coat in his last film “Game of Death”, which was later sold for $77,000. The coat was sold at a rare auction of the late Kung Fu icon’s items in Hong Kong. This blue coat has a fur lining and was made in 1973 for the film “Game of Death,” which was released after Lee’s death.

14). Jimi Hendrix Coat

Price expected: $39,000

Most expensive celebrity memorabilia

A few things are bound to happen; unknowingly the Voodoo Child artist left the specially made garment at an aristocratic friend’s house in London before his unfortunate death in 1970. This military grey jacket was given to pop memorabilia expert as payment for valuing his collection of rock items in the 1990s. Ted Owen stored the coat at his mother’s house and now decided to sell the coat which is expected to fetch more than $39,000.

15). Lady Gaga nude sketch

Price fetched: $30,000

Lady Gaga nude sketch

The nude portrait of flamboyant star Lady Gaga, made by Jazz musician, Tony Bennett got auctioned for $30,000 on eBay. The sketch was sold as part of the few coveted items from Lady Gaga’s January 2012 cover shoot with V.F. contributing photographer Annie Leibovitz. Lady Gaga’s charcoal portrait proceeds woll benefit Exploring The Arts and Born This Way Foundation. The original portrait of a nude Lady Gaga stretched out and propped up on her elbows was drawn with Prismacolor Premier Art vine charcoal sticks on Fabriano Artistico heavyweight watercolor paper measuring 18 inches by 24 inches. Bennett signed the work “Benedetto,” as he does with all of his paintings and drawings.

16). Elvis Presley Watch

Price fetched: $24K

Most expensive celebrity memorabilia

A star who even after 34 years of his death manages the same craze for himself is nothing than a legend himself. Yes, we are talking about Elvis Presley and his elegant watch that is a Hamilton make with 14K Gold frame, a black leather strap and inscriptions which read ‘Welcome home Elvis, from the Tankers’ on the back. When the star returned from the military in 1960, the Tankers who were one of Elvis’s earliest fan clubs, and they gave him the watch. He wore the watch for 6 months, then watch needed repairs and hence Elvis gave it to his uncle to get it fixed, but later decided to let him keep it. The watch was sold for $24K along with a letter from his uncle Vester Presley.

17). Queen Victoria’s bloomers

Price fetched: $15,000

Queen Victoria's bloomers

An antique collector has surpassed the list of weird memorabilia by spending a cool $15000 on Queen Victoria’s bloomer. The auction took place at the Edinburgh auction house Lyon & Turnbull. Reportedly, it was an anonymous collector bid for the pair of voluminous white silk underwear that was once owned by Britain’s Queen Victoria. The undergarment is said to be sold at three times the original estimated cost.

18). Kylie Minogue’s underwear

Price fetched: $8,000

Kylie Minogue's underwear

Knickers that belongs to Kylie Minogue have been auctioned off for $8,000 at Christie’s London. This lingerie set was once worn by the actress during a photo shoot for the 2012 Study Vox Foundation charity calendar. The red silk La Perla set was put on auction at Christie’s London to support the young people who are financially troubled and are struggling to maintain active citizenship. Red bustier with lace trim and red silk underwear surpassed the estimated price of $3,000-$6000 and fetched a whooping $8000 indeed. The set has been bought by an unknown bidder, who also received a calendar signed by the pop star. After the end of the auction, Kylie tweeted “Thx to the mystery buyer!!! Wow! “So thrilled for a great cause.”

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