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How much would you pay for John Wayne’s hat?
The iconic cowboy hat worn by John Wayne in five major westerns is about to go up for sale. The starting price: $29,000.
Wayne gifted the hat, which has his name written in the sweatband in black pen, to Chuck Roberson, the stunt double he worked with for more than 30 years of a 50-year, 170-movie career. Roberson died in 1988 – nine years after Wayne – and his collection was sold. The owner is now auctioning it in Los Angeles.
Cinema’s most expensive clothes
You’re probably thinking nearly $30,000 is a lot for a hat, but it’s far from pricey in the world of cinematic clothing. Audrey Hepburn’s famous black dress from 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s fetched $923,187 at Christie’s auction house in London in 2006. Compliment that dress with a pair of Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz – sold for $666,000 in 2000 – and you’re looking at one expensive wardrobe.
To really turn heads in the street, you could further accessorize the dress and slippers with Darth Vadar’s helmet – sold for $115,000 in April 2003 – and really complete the look with Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber, for which you’ll need about quarter-of-a-million dollars.
However, all the outfits above seem like a bargain when you consider that a Marilyn Monroe dress went for over $1.2m in 1999. Not one to do the gardening in, then.
Top of the props
Of course, it’s not just clothing that sells for top dollar. In 2010 the pistol from the Sean Connery movie poster for From Russia With Love sold for $437,000. Two things that make this near-half a million price tag even more extraordinary are that the gun didn’t appear in the actual film and is, in fact, an air pistol. While on the subject of 007, his Aston Martin DB5, driven in Goldfinger and Thunderball, was sold for an eye-watering $4.1m in 2010.
Speaking of cars, one of our all time favourite Hollywood vehicles is of course the Back to the Future time-travelling DeLorean. One of only three remaining of the seven built for the film was sold in 2011 for $541,000, with part of the proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. If you want a cheaper version, you can buy a DeLorean from Firebox (pictured) for £70,000 ($118,000).
Or if you wanted something a bit racier, you could have bought Steve McQueen’s 1970 Porsche 911S for $1.375m, or perhaps the 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder, driven by Cameron Diaz in Charlie’s Angels 2, which has a price tag of about $8m.
Suddenly that hat doesn’t seem so expensive…