Where to Sell Film Memorabilia

A cult following of enthusiasts and collectors has steadily grown since the 1970s


The evolution of cinema and TV throughout the 20th century has resulted in the emergence of Hollywood celebrity fandom like never before. This thriving market is understood to have kickstarted in 1970 with the Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer (MGM) sale of decommissioned costumes and set pieces.

The powerhouse studio sold over 350,000 items to David Weisz for £625,000, who apparently then went on to "recoup eight times" what he paid for the historical collection at a specialist auction of those MGM Treasures. Indeed, actress Debbie Reynolds started her own film memorabilia collection by purchasing thousands of items at this sale, to the value of a then astoundingly high figure of £75,000. Fast forward to 2011, her collection sold for several million pounds!


A large and varied archive of film and television interestA large and varied archive of film and television interest

Sold for £7,500


A cult following of enthusiasts and collectors has steadily grown since the 1970s, as the market to obtain a piece of box office history has become far more accessible. From screen-used props, costumes, studio contracts, scripts, press and marketing materials such as movie posters and clippings, to stills, autographs, signed photos, awards, and personal items of celebrities, the chance to own a cinematic rarity has never been more popular.

Therefore, it is important to consider all available options when and if contemplating parting with any cinematic treasures. One might contemplate a car boot sale when looking to sell certain items, however, for highly sought after film memorabilia, we highly advise against this choice of sale, due to the fact that the items will only be exposed to a very small marketplace, of which the majority of attendees will unlikely be prepared to pay what those magical movie pieces might achieve on the open market.

a Star Wars US One Sheet film posterA Star Wars US One Sheet film poster

Sold for £1,400


There are numerous online brokers who will purchase film memorabilia. The process requires uploading images, providing detailed information, and often involves posting the items to the organisation, whereafter, a specialist will provide a valuation and make an offer. This presents a relatively quick turnaround transaction but not necessarily the most profitable return.

Marketplaces like eBay are easily accessible. Sellers are required to list each individual item providing a description and advising of condition, as well as attaching photographs, videos, and confirmation of authenticity. The Seller will also be responsible for answering queries and in the event of negotiating a sale, packaging, and shipping the items. While this offers complete control of the transaction, it requires in depth research and accountability on the part of the Seller.


A partial suit of film prop Roman armour in beaten metal and hide

A partial suit of film prop Roman armour eputedly produced for the 1925 Metro Goldwyn Mayer (silent) film "Ben Hur"

Sold for £380


Placing collectibles into a Specialist Film Memorabilia Sale held by a reputable auction house, can ensure that you achieve the best possible price for your cinematic collection. Here at Dawsons, sales are broadcast live across multiple auction platforms to a global audience of over 10 million active bidders for maximum exposure. Whilst our innovative in-house marketing direct to buyers all over the world, across multiple social media platforms, ensures that we achieve the highest returns.

The most sought-after memorabilia originate from films and film franchises including amongst others; Star Wars, James Bond, Casablanca, Le Mans, Wizard of Oz, Forbidden Planet, The Godfather, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Star Trek, Harry Potter; whilst items linked to celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Steve McQueen, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Marlo Brando, Bruce Lee, and other icons of the silver screen can also hold significant value.

Ultimately the market price achieved will depend on the current popularity, historical significance and as always, rarity.


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Are you considering selling any movie memorabilia?

With a global audience of millions, Dawsons can achieve the best prices for you.

Please get in touch with an expert for sales advice, we would be delighted to help.

0207 431 9445 / info@dawsonsauctions.co.uk