The most expensive movie memorabilia ever sold

Inspired by Bonhams' recent movie memorabilia auction, we take a look at the most expensive pieces ever sold

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In a world fascinated by the rich and famous movie stars of Hollywood, it’s no surprise that some people are willing to pay a hefty price for a piece of their favourite film.

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Costumes kept in pristine condition, iconic silverscreen objects and flash cars are high on film collectors’ shopping lists, with some pieces selling for eye-catching amounts.

In honour of Bonhams’ recent movie memorabilia sale, flick through the gallery above to discover the most expensive pieces of silverscreen souvenirs ever sold at auction.

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Marylin Monroe’s iconic ‘Subway’ dress sold for $4.6m (£3m) in a June 2011 auction at Profiles in History. The dress, seen in The Seven-Year Itch, was sold from the huge collection of movie memorabilia once owned by singer and actress Debbie Reynolds

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The first of six Batmobiles produced for the 1960s ABC Batman TV series sold at Barratt-Jackson auction for $4.5m (£2.9m). The car was designed by Hollywood car customiser George Barris and took just 15 days to build

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The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger and Thunderball sold for $4.1m (£2.6m) at RM Auctions in October 2010. It was estimated to sell for more than $5.5m (£3.6m)

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The Maltese Falcon statue from the movie of the same name sold at auction for $4m (£2.59m) at a Bonhams New York auction in November 2013. The falcon statue was one of two made for the film but only one is known to have appeared on screen

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The ‘Ascot’ dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady sold for $3.7m (£2.4m) at the 2011 Profiles in History sale of Debbie Reynolds’ collection. It was bought by Reynolds 10 years previously for a mere $100,000 (£65,000)

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The famous piano played by Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine in Casablanca sold for £3.4m in a sale of Warners Brothers props at Bonhams in November 2014. It was previously owned by Dr Gary Milan, a Los Angeles dentist

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In the same Bonhams auction that sold the Casablanca piano, the Cowardly Lion costume, worn by Bert Lahr in The Wizard of Oz went for $3m (£1.94m). A second lion costume used in the film sold for nearly $1million in a previous auction

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One of four pairs of ruby red slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, this set was bought at a 2012 Profiles in History auction for $2m (£1.3m) by Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio. They gifted the shoes to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Another pair worn by Garland in the film were stolen 10 years ago from the Judy Garland Museum and have a $1m reward for locating them