With the Oscars just around the corner, Europe’s fastest growing online auction house, Catawiki surveyed 2,000 people across the UK to uncover the most coveted Hollywood props and it appears that it’s cars that get the nation’s engines revving; Bond’s Aston Martin from Goldfinger, the iconic flying car from cult classic film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Knight Rider’s KITT all made the list, while recent Star Wars fever fuelled two props from the series into the top 10. Not surprisingly, the top three most wanted memorabilia pieces differed when it came to men and women. Women coveted accessories adorned by Hollywood’s most famous starlets with over a fifth choosing the Heart of the Ocean, followed by Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz (21%) and Marilyn Monroe’s white dress from the Seven Year Itch (19%). Men however, were much more keen on their Hollywood heroes’ gadgets with their top three most wanted props comprising of the 1964 Aston Martin from the James Bond film Goldfinger (39%), Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber (25%) and the KITT car from the 1980s TV series Knight Rider (23%). It seems movie tastes differed across the generations too with young movie fans (18-34) favouring memorabilia from modern film classics such as Lord of the Rings, Titanic and Star Wars. Whereas ‘silver screen’ surfers (45+) were keen to get their hands on a piece of movie history from timeless films, with props from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Charlie Chaplin’s hat and cane all making their top 10. The good news is that movie fans can now make their memorabilia dream a reality, as Catawiki announces a very special movie auction that includes several of the most wanted props going up for grabs from a starting bid of £1. Bidders have the chance to get their hands on popular props including Dorothy’s ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz and the costume worn by Mel Gibson in the film Braveheart. For those who consider themselves a true movie buff, the stand out lot from this auction is undoubtedly Charlie Chaplin’s hat and cane. The iconic bowler hat was worn by the star in the 1947 black and white film Monsieur Verdoux and is estimated to sell alongside the cane for a combined value of £50,000. Mike Saffrie, specialist movie memorabilia auctioneer at Catawiki comments, “Movies have the ability to make us laugh and cry and can often hold a special place in our hearts. With Oscars fever upon us we’ve seen a huge surge in interest from people wanting to own a piece of movie history and we’re expecting some exciting bidding wars over some of the special lots we have up for auction.” The auction will run until Friday 4th March and can be viewed at http://auction.catawiki.co.uk/movie-props-costumes-auction Top 20 of the most wanted movie memorabilia: 1. James Bond's 1964 Aston Martin from the film Goldfinger 2. Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber 3. The Heart of the Ocean from Titanic 4. KITT car from the 1980s TV Series Knight Rider 5. The ring from the Lord of the Rings 6. The Flying Car from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 7. Dark Vader’s mask 8. Dorothy’s ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz 9. Star Wars storm trooper helmet 10. Marilyn Monroe’s white dress from Seven Year itch 11. Hoverboard from Back to the Future 2 12. T-bird jacket from Grease 13. Indiana Jones’ fedora 14. Aragorn’s sword from Return of the kind 15. Mary Poppins umbrella 16. Audrey Hepburn’s LBD from Breakfast at Tiffany’s 17. Charlie Chaplin’s hat and cane 18. Boxing gloves from Rocky 19. Tom Cruise’s Top Gun aviator shades 20. Clint Eastwood’s poncho from The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
What is CatawikiFounded in 2008, Catawiki was originally designed as a website where collectors could manage their collections online. In 2011, Catawiki started hosting weekly online auctions in various categories including art, antiques, classic cars, watches, jewellery, fashion, comics and stamps. Most objects on Catawiki have a fascinating story and you won't be able to find them in an average store. Before being auctioned, each object is screened by our extensive team of experts. They help guarantee a varied and high quality selection of lots in our auctions. Nowadays, for millions of people around the world, Catawiki is the place to go for buying and selling special objects. Catawiki has offices in the Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Sweden among others. In 2015 Catawiki received an investment of €75 million and won the award for being the fastest growing company in Europe.
Our BeliefsWe strongly believe that everyone should be able to buy and sell special objects every day in an exciting, easy and secure manner. That is why we are constantly working to make the Catawiki experience as special as the objects themselves.
Special ObjectsOn Catawiki everyone can find something to suit his or her interests. Every week tens of thousands of fascinating objects are available in our auctions. A few examples of objects that have been auctioned on Catawiki in the past include: a complete mammoth skeleton, the most expensive LEGO brick in the world, the pope's hat, a meteorite from Mars, Napoleon's hair, the oldest condom in the world and Muhammad Ali's boxing gloves.
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