5 Expensive Pieces Of Memorabilia You Can Buy
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5 Expensive Pieces of Memorabilia You Can Buy
Why buy a regular house or a regular chair when, for a "small" premium, you can buy one from your favorite movie or television show? Studios often auction off props once production is over, allowing consumers to own a piece of entertainment memorabilia. Fans' reasons for purchasing range from an item's unique intrinsic value, to capitalizing on its potential value appreciation, to simply because it's just plain awesome. Depending on the significance of the movie or show, items can be valued up to millions of dollars at auction, leaving some fans out in the rain. However, here are five notable pieces of memorabilia that, if you stave off retirement or having your first child, you can potentially afford.
Some adorn their yards with miniature classical statues or garden gnomes. Why not stand out among your neighbors with your very own Dalek from Doctor Who? One of the most iconic villains to grace the television, a Dalek replica can be yours for the price of a good washer/dryer set.
The Iron Throne Of Westeros ($30,000)
Be the Lord of the Seven Kingdoms of your home with Aegon Targaryen's Iron Throne featured in HBO's Game of Thrones. At an intimidating height of seven feet, this hand-painted Fiberglas replica of the Iron Throne can be yours for the price of your average new four-door sedan. It may not be the most comfortable chair in the world, nor was it forged with the steel of a thousand swords over the course of 59 days, but it will most certainly command the attention of your guests.
Christopher Reeve's Superman III Costume ($17,495)
Your average superhero fan probably owns one or two t-shirts decorated with the insignia of a much beloved comic book champion of justice, typically found and available for purchase at your local comic shop. Separate yourself from the rest of them with an original worn by none other than Christopher Reeve during the shooting of Superman III. Note: unless you are the Last Son of Krypton, it may be wise to not attempt flight and deflect bullets while parading around town in this lovely addition to your wardrobe.
General Lee ($110,000)
Leaping into the window of your car just isn't the same when you drive a Ford Escort. Just ask PGA Master Bubba Watson, who with the winning bid of $110,000 now owns the original General Lee from The Dukes Of Hazzard that was featured in the show's opening credits. Complete with sealed doors and 70s style CB radio, this car is the perfect vehicle for Watson if he ever feels inclined to jump over the bunker on the 13th hole.
Gaius Baltar's House ($4,300 Per Month)
Located in Vancouver's scenic Lions Bay, this house was featured in 2003's re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica. "Owned" by Dr. Gaius Baltar, this lavish four-bedroom private estate boasts 4,000 sq.-ft. of space, an ocean front view of the Gulf Islands and is just one hour away from the Whistler Ski Resort. For only C$4,300 a month, you can host your own BSG-themed dinner parties in this luxurious piece of property.
While often found in the realm of fantasy and science fiction, most props can be purchased from auction dealers or built-to-order by an online retailer. Some of them are relatively inexpensive, while others can cost you a pretty penny. Although these may seem steep to your average consumer, rest assured there are some people who think they're well worth the price tag.