wondering which are the most expensive movie costumes ever sold? I have the answer!
have you ever watched a movie & loved the character’s costume? why people want so bad to possess celebrity memorabilia?
experts talked about the concept called ‘contagion’ (when a person’s essence is transferred through an object they touched or worn).
so owning a costume worn by famous people can be a true blessing! let’s get straight to business!
10. Bruce Lee’s Coat – Price: $77.000
we begin our top 10 of the most expensive movie costumes ever sold with this furry coat.
the coat was worn by the famous Bruce Lee for the movie ‘Game of Death’ (1973), a film which was never finished.
also, the coat appeared at the premiere of Lee’s film, ‘Enter the Dragon’. at the age of 32, that year, Bruce Lee died. the beautiful coat was sold in 2011, in Hong Kong, for $77.000.
9. John Wayne’s ‘True Grit’ Costume – Price: $167.300
next on our top list is the costume worn by John Wayne, priced at $167.300.
portraying Rooster Cogburn, the actor is very recognizable for his outfit, which features cowboy hat, pants, waistcoat, shirt, jacket &, of course, the iconic eye patch.
both the jacket & the shirt, which were custom-made for John Wayne, have a label with the actor’s name.
in 1979, John Wayne died at the age of 72, and the costume was sold for $167.300, although it was valued at $164.000.
the cowboy hat was sold for a whopping $119.500 & the eye patch went for $47.800.
8. John Wayne’s Costume Hat from ‘The Green Berets’ – Price: $179.250
2 John Wayne’s costumes in 1 top list? way to go! this hat ranks #8 on our top 10 list of the highest priced movie costumes!
the 1968 war film had John Wayne in the leading role. portraying Mike Kirby, John Wayne’s character was praised by his fans, although the movie received negative reviews from critics.
receiving military material under the direction of President Johnson, John Wayne’s beret was sold for $179.250 & the proceeds went to cancer research (John Wayne Cancer Foundation).
7. Marilyn Monroe’s Pink Costume from ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ – Price: $310.000
the beautiful Marilyn Monroe wore the pink dress in the 1953 movie, entitled ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’.
worn during the ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend’ musical number, which Marilyn performed with her co-star, Jane Russel, the gown was expected to be sold for $15.000 or $25.000.
instead, the dress fetched for $310.000.
6. Judy Garland’s Costume Ruby Slippers from the ‘Wizard of Oz’ – Price: $612.000
let’s take Judy Garland’s costume piece by piece! first, are these lovely ruby shoes. there are left only 4 pairs of this kind.
created by MGM’s chief costume designer, Gilbert Adrian, the ruby shoes were sold in May of 2011 for $612.000.
rumors said that Judy Garland herself requested a pair of these shoes, only in a larger size, so she could wear those after the every day filming ended.
5. Judy Garland’s Dorothy Costume from ‘Wizard of Oz’ – Price: $910.000
& to complete the outfit, next on our top 10 list is the Dorothy costume, valued at $910.000.
the blue & white gingham dress, worn by Judy Garland, came at first in 7 versions before the final one was chosen.
designed by Gilbert Adrian, this lovely dress is made of cotton & partially sewn by hand.
the inside collar features a small label with Judy Garland’s name.
sold for $910.000, the proceeds went for Children’s charities.
4. Steve McQueen’s Racing Costume from ‘Le Mans’ – Price: $984.000
designed by Hinchman of Indianapolis, the racing costume was worn by Steve McQueen in the 1971 ‘Le Mans’.
Steve McQueen’s character, Michael Delaney, is embroidered on the suit’s pocket.
the jacket features several logos, such as Heuer, Firestone & the American Flag.
considered the most expensive piece of memorabilia which was sold outside of an automobile, the racing costume was sold for $984.000, making it one of the most valuable movie costumes ever sold!
3. Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Costume – Price: $1.8 million
every human on this planet heard of the famous song titled ‘Thriller’.
the famous red & black jacket was designed by Michael Bush & Dennis Tompkins & features an inscription on the sleeve with the words ‘Love Michael Jackson‘.
although it was estimated to fetch $40.000, the costume was sold for $1.8 million. the proceeds went to the home of Michael Jackson’ 2 Bengal tigers, Shambala Preserve.
Michael Jackson even named one of his tiger after the well-known song.
2. Audrey Hepburn’s Ascot Costume – Price: $3.7 million
worn by Audrey Hepburn in ‘My Fair Lady’, the Ascot costume consists of a black & white dress with a matching hat.
designed by Cecil Beaton, the Ascot costume was created for the horse racing scene at Ascot, the famous racecourse in England.
the gown is made of silk with a linen undergarment & embellished with lace & hand embroidery. the hat is also decorated with ostrich feather plumes & flowers, providing a fancy look.
the movie costume was sold for an outstanding price of $3.7 million.
1. Marilyn Monroe’s Costume from the ‘Seven Year Itch’ – Price: $4.6 million
Marilyn Monroe’s costumes are very popular & one of the most expensive ones.
the gorgeous white dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in the 1995 film ‘The Seven Year Itch’ was sold for $4.6 million, making it the world’s most valuable costume movie ever sold.
the ivory-colored cocktail dress with a halter bodice & a plunging neckline features ties around the torso & a zipper in the back.
because the dress was designed a very long time ago, it now has a darker cream color, but still, it looks majestic.
this concludes our cover on the most expensive movie costumes ever sold!