Are Movie Props Valuable?

It's clear that movie props have become cultural touchstones


When one considers that the technology to produce films has only been in existence for just over a century, it is not surprising that this relatively new collectables sector can be tricky to navigate when assessing value. Movie props can be incredibly valuable, both financially and as cultural artefacts. The direct connection between these items and cherished cinematic history ensures original props and costumes can often be the most prized amongst film memorabilia collectors and enthusiasts. 


A large and varied archive of film and television interest

Sold for £7,500


Once a movie has wrapped filming, the producer usually decides what to do with the remaining props. Often, they get sent to a studio warehouse to be stored, used, or auctioned at a later time, occasionally the cast or crew keep sentimental items (with or without permission), they may even be sent to a museum or recycled for another film, or worse – thrown away. Selling entire sets of movie props via a reputable auction house like Dawsons, has become more common, undoubtedly increasing global appetite for movie props… Collectors and enthusiasts can buy with confidence, knowing an expert valuer has appraised items, meaning there is solid provenance and therefore authenticity.

As one might imagine, the popularity of a film will influence the value of movie props, as will the association with specific characters, the significance of the item, and indeed, the condition. The single most important factor when it comes to props is the authenticity. Costumes that hold additional features such as remnants of make-up or sweat stains, can often be more desirable.


Star Wars: a rare collection of original period memorabilia

Sold for £7,500


Take the iconic Indiana Jones fedora, worn by Harrison Ford in the classic adventure film Raiders of the Lost Ark. This instantly recognisable piece of wardrobe sold at auction for over £456,000, captivating fans and collectors alike across the globe.

Consider the driving suit worn by Michael Delaney in the film Le Mans. The lucky owner won it in a newspaper competition when he was just 12 years old, and later decided to sell the suit, which went on to achieve £626,700 at auction.

From 1977’s Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, a blaster gun used by Hans Solo, played by Harrison Ford, was one of just three prop guns created for the film and the only one to survive. The cult following that Star Wars has amassed across multiple generations ensured this piece of cinematic history achieved an impressive £872,000 at auction.



A collection of film and stage scripts

Sold for £2,400


Decorative items, cars, jewellery, furniture, accessories and clothing, anything that was used, part of, or affiliated with a popular movie is likely to have a value. For instance, the makeup chair used by the cast of the Harry Potter films would hold immense sentimental value for the community of wizarding fanatics. These behind-the-scenes items give us a glimpse into the magic of moviemaking, allowing enthusiasts to own a piece of cinematic history. While their monetary worth can be substantial, their true value lies in the memories and experiences they represent.

As movie memorabilia continues to grow in popularity, it's clear that these props have become cultural touchstones, worthy of preservation and appreciation. Whether you're a die-hard film buff or simply have a nostalgic connection to your favourite movies, owning a piece of the action can be a truly special experience.



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