Auction houses like Christie’s and Sotheby’s have been peddling – and marking up – useless “luxury items” for decades. Over the years, auction houses have sold their fair share of movie props along with the usual assortment of private islands and gold-plated socks. Raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars each (at least), the following props were some of the priciest ever sold. Here is what I would do if I had the cash just laying around (which I do, you know).
Luke Skywalker’s Blue Lightsaber
Fetching a substantial $240,000 in a Profiles in History auction in 2008, the original Luke Skywalker lightsaber – used in A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back – is easily one of the most iconic pieces of science-fiction. Hell, American memorabilia ever. Though pricey, I can think of a few uses for this baby around the house.
For one, I know that I would get a great reaction if I just whipped this out at the dinner table. Think about it: You could cut a piece of bread and have it instantly toasted. As well as that, when you inevitably want butter on your piece of space toast, you don’t have to worry about destroying a smooth piece of toast by trying to spread cold butter over it. Well, melting butter is now instantaneous with the lightsaber’s kitchen applications.
Back to the Future’s DeLorean DMC-12
Bringing in $541,000 in yet another Profiles in History auction a few months ago in December 2011, one of the three surviving time machines from the Back to the Future trilogy is certainly one of the coolest things on this list, and the one capable of wreaking the most havoc on the world.
All joking aside, this would probably be the thing that would be the best thing to possess on the list. Owning this would allow you to change the world again and again. Want to meet George Washington? Great, here you go. Want to see the Amazon rain forest before it was nearly halved? Not a problem – jump right in. And, if you are a really sadistic bastard, you could kill you’re your grandfather when he was a kid just to see what would happen.
James Bond’s Goldfinger Aston Martin
The DB5 featured in the movie Goldfinger is another amazingly cool gizmo sold at a Profile in History auction. Selling for $4.1 million, this car isn’t terribly practical but hell, I would take it! With tons of gadgets, countless gizmos, and a pretty great top speed of 145 MPH (it was made in the 60s!), it’s better mid-life crisis than a mid-range Porsche.
Though mid-life crisis it may be, I can think of some uses for it. For one, the passenger side ejector seat just begs to be used when on a date with a less-than-fun lady. (Think! After a few times using that, it will soon become a status symbol to actually stay in the car while a passenger in this.) Furthermore, the built-in machine guns will come in handy when found in an O.J. Simpson-like chase, which I find myself in at least once per year. And, finally, that rotating license plate feature just screams “Free speeding license!” (Of course I would never endorse that, though.)