Movie prop collecting is big business. Celebrities and those wealthy enough to acquire items from their favorite films love to dig into auctions and see what kind of goodies they can snag. Then there are the rest of us, who look on vicariously and dream about putting Luke Skywalker's lightsaber on our mantle.
Well, if you happen to have tens of thousands of dollars just lying around, get your wallets out.
Later this month Prop Store, the massive movie memorabilia retailer, is hosting a live auction in London featuring movie props with an estimated combined worth of £2-3 million ($2.7-4 million). The items are on display now at an exhibition at London's BFI IMAX, and they'll remain out for public view until September 26, when the auction will take place.
Among the treasures up for sale: Harrison Ford's bullwhip from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Christopher Reeve's Superman tunic from Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (not the best movie, but it's still a Superman costume), and Tom Cruise's Maverick flight suit from Top Gun.
The bullwhip, which feels like the centerpiece item in this particular auction, is expected to fetch £50,000 – £70,000 ($67,000 – $95,000). The tunic is estimated to go for £8k – 10k ($10,800-$13,500), and the flight suit is estimated to fetch £20k – 30k ($27,000-$40,000).
“Indiana Jones is without a doubt one of the biggest movie legends of all time, and we’re very excited to be featuring his bullwhip from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in our upcoming live auction," Prop Store founder Stephen Lane said in a press release. "In addition to Indy’s whip, we’ve got a whole host of iconic props and costumes including a painting of Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer from Scarface which is complete with bullet holes!"
Bidding for the items is now open, so if you've got that kind of cash you can head over to Prop Store's website right now and see if anything catches your eye. If you just want to spectate, the final auction will be livestreamed on September 26.