That feeling when you realize that Darth Vader’s Helmet is worth more than a house.
A study by H&T Pawnbrokers in the UK uncovered how much your favorite movie memorabilia would cost if you were to buy it in real life. Taking note of each item’s makeup, purpose, and rarity, H&T put a price tag on 10 iconic movie props, even the ones made from some out-of-this-world materials.
Topping the list — when put in price order — are items like the Heart of the Ocean (Titanic), The Original Batmobile, Captain America’s Shield, and Darth Vader’s Helmet. These big-ticket, fictional items all have estimates higher than $400,000. If someone fished that iconic, heart-shaped, 45-carat diamond necklace out of the ocean, they could get a cool $10 million for it. And it’s an understatement to say that you would need to be Bruce Wayne to buy a Batmobile, with its $4.2 million estimate.
Below the $400,000 threshold, the prices drop dramatically to about $82,000 for The One Ring from The Lord of the Rings. (Imagine Gollum getting a weekend job to afford it!) While it costs less than some other futuristic props on the list, the Hoverboard from Back to the Future would still put you out around $40,000
If this study teaches us anything, it’s that we would need to win Golden Ticket (or a few, because those are worth about $50,000) in order to own a real piece of our favorite fandom. Unless you want the box of chocolates from Forrest Gump — that would only set you back about $30!
If you thought that was impressive, H&T also created similar lists of price estimates for iconic video game and Christmas movie props! So sit down on your froggy chair ($46) with your Turbo Man doll ($599) and start saving!
To check out the full study and get all the details about how H&T determined these price estimates, visit handt.co.uk/blog/movie-memorabilia.