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November 6, 2019,   12:58 PM

The World’s Most Expensive Pop Culture Memorabilia

Samar Khouri



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Earlier this week, Olivia Newton-John auctioned off her infamous black leather jacket and skin-tight trousers outfit from Grease for $405,700, doubling the expected bid. But that is incomparable to other high-priced celebrity memorabilia that has been auctioned off over the last few years. Here are six of the world’s most expensive: 

Elvis Presley’s Hair
Winning bid: $115,000
Sold: 2002

Aside from his signature swinging hips and soulful voice, Elvis Presley was also widely recognized for his pompadour hairstyle. A lock of hair from the late heartthrob performer was auctioned off for $115,000—nearly double the amount paid for hair from John Lennon ($48,000), Beethoven ($7,300), and John F. Kennedy ($3,000) combined.

Babe Ruth’s Jersey
Winning bid: $5.64 million
Sold: 2019

In June this year, the New York Yankees baseball jersey worn by Babe Ruth from 1928 to1930 went up for sale at the Yankees Stadium and became the most expensive sports memorabilia ever sold at auction. This by far surpassed the $4.4 million paid for the legendary baseball player’s 1920 jersey in 2012.

Marilyn Monroe's Subway Dress
Winning Bid: $5.6 million
Sold: 2011

Marilyn Monroe's subway dress sold for $5.6 million at an auction in Beverly Hills in 2011. The actress wore the pleated William Travilla creation for the 1955 film, “The Seven Year Itch”. The piece of movie history was expected to be fetched for around $2 million but an anonymous bidder over the phone picked it up for $4.6 million, with an additional $1 million commission fee.

James Bond's Aston Martin DB5
Winning bid: $6.4 million
Sold: 2019

James Bond is always equipped with high-quality 007 gadgets and his cars are no different. A replica of the gadget-equipped 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from the popular 007 franchise movie sold for a record-breaking $6.4 million at an RM Sotheby's auction this year. Sold above its auction estimate, the car was used for promotional purposes for the 1965 “Thunderball” film starring Sean Connery.

1927 "Metropolis" movie poster
Winning bid: $690,000
Sold: 2005

The rare international version of the 1927 "Metropolis" German movie poster—one of only four surviving copies to exist from the silent film—was auctioned for $690,000 by film memorabilia mogul Ralph DeLuca. Fritz Lang's retro-futuristic poster is a rare piece in film history and “Metropolis” is considered a masterpiece in German filmmaking.

Action Comics #1 – CGC 9.0
Winning bid: $3.2 million
Sold: 2014

Superman’s debut comic book issue only cost $.10 when launched in 1938, marking the hero’s first appearance as the “Man of Steel”. The comic, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, set a record when the CGC 9.0 copy sold for $3.2 million on eBay in 2014. The auction originally started off with $1 million, but gradually grew to the record-breaking amount in 10 days.



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