Wizard of Oz and Holy Grail props push Heritage sale above $7.9M
DALLAS – Heritage Auctions’ Hollywood & Entertainment Signature® Auction, held December 17, was a thrilling, rollicking affair defined by its numerous bidding wars for some of filmdom’s most recognizable props, costumes and vehicles. By the time the end credits rolled on the blockbuster event, it had realized more than $7.9 million.
The auction’s top lot was among its most fabled offerings: the Wicked Witch of the West’s hourglass from The Wizard of Oz, which sold for $495,000. The auction’s final item was the meticulously constructed piece made of wood, papier-mache and handblown glass filled with red glitter and decorated with gargoyles.
“From the moment this auction was announced last month, there was extraordinary interest in and affection for every single thing being offered,” said Executive Vice President Joe Maddalena. “I knew it would do well, but from first lot to last, it exceeded every expectation. What’s most rewarding is that these pieces are going to new caretakers as dazzled as I am by the memories and magic they carry with them.”
Two more Oz icons also sold in this auction: A garment described as a “test” dress that comes closest to matching the blue-and-white gingham pinafore Dorothy wore during her trip to see the Wizard realized $125,000, and an Emerald City townsman’s jacket sold for $37,500. Both garments will now reside in the Wizard of Oz Museum in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Bidders sought to do more than just touch the hem of beloved garments: The calf-length red and black-and-white-striped robe Charlton Heston wore as Moses in Cecil B. DeMille’s epic The Ten Commandments realized $447,000.
Also, the white cotton bikini worn by Ursula Andress’ Honey Ryder in the 1962 James Bond film Dr. No sold for $300,000, twice what it brought when first offered in 2001; and the candy-colored jacket Dick Van Dyke sported in the Jolly Holiday sequence from Mary Poppins danced to a $200,000 finish.
The dress worn by Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music while the Von Trapp children performed So Long, Farewell realized $100,000. That’s the same amount for which Marilyn Monroe’s pearl-encrusted mermaid gown from The Prince and the Showgirl sold on December 17. Speaking of Andrews – while, perhaps, singing Do-Ri-Me – the acoustic Goya guitar she used during The Sound of Music sold for $93,750.
Ferris Bueller might have taken a day off, but bidders didn’t as they clamored for two pieces from John Hughes’ film: The patterned sweater vest Matthew Broderick wore while twisting and shouting through Chicago sold for $143,750. But the big-ticket item from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was the precious convertible that belonged to Cameron’s dad: The prop Ferrari 250 GT California replica last seen diving out of the garage sold for $337,500.
One of the most recognizable rides in this auction was a miniature – the first Y-wing ever built for the Star Wars franchise, the one upon which every subsequent model was based. The so-called “hero buck” historic sculpture realized $175,000.
Commanding $162,500 was a Captain America shield used by Chris Evans in Avengers: Endgame. The shield, used in close-ups during the making of the film that helped close Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was created by Marvel Studios Senior Prop Master Russell Bobbitt and was initially raffled off in 2020 on behalf of the youth empowerment nonprofit Sand Sisters Los Angeles Inc.
And then, there was the Holy Grail itself, the cup of a carpenter from 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which realized $50,000. No guarantees of eternal life were included with the sale.
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