Do you remember when neurotic Cameron Frye accidentally sent his father’s Ferrari crashing through a giant window? It was an iconic scene in 1986 and now the infamous glass house of Ferris Bueller’s day off was sold for a whopping $1.06 million. The modernist house, located in Chicago’s Highland Park, is actually a functional 4-bedroom house built on the edge of the forest. In the film, the car falls into a wooded ravine under the structure and Ferris Bueller says in disbelief to his nervous friend, “You killed the car.”
The house was first built in 1953 and gained notoriety when it was chosen as the filming location for the cult classic 80s film. Director John Hughes had an affinity for filming around Chicago, where he grew up, and this scene brought Highland Park into the limelight. Listed in 2009 for $2.3 million, the glass house lost nearly $1 million before being acquired by an anonymous buyer on Thursday.
But whichever way you slice it, $1.06 million is no small chunk of change, and the Ferris Bueller’s day off the house isn’t the first piece of movie history to make a lot of money. Here are 10 other movie props that sold for a ton of money.
DOROTHY’S RUBY SLIPPERS – $2,000,000
When you think of movie memorabilia, chances are it’s the first one that comes to mind. But while ruby slippers are an iconic piece that sold for a lot of money, they are by no means the most expensive item ever purchased.
MARILYN MONROE’S WHITE DRESS – $5,600,000
It’s a scene that’s been parodied in pop culture, but now a person can re-enact the sexy subway grate scene in the original dress itself. It only cost $5.6 million to make it!
AUDREY HEPBURN’S BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S DRESS – $923,187
Another famous dress that sold for big bucks was Givenchy’s black number that Hepburn wore in the classic 1961 film.
THE LOOSE LION COSTUME – $826,000
This Wizard of Oz The costume was made from real lion skins and when the owner sold it for over half a million dollars he said it was ‘the highest price ever for a costume’ .
GENERAL LEE – $450,000
In addition to movie costumes, another expensive memorabilia item are movie vehicles. The initial bid in 2007 for a replica of The Dukes of Hazard the car cost nearly $10 million, but the buyer claimed his account was hacked and the car instead cost half a million. The actual car that was used in the show sold in 2012 for a much more modest $110,000.
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG – $505,000
This magical automobile from the 1968 film fetched less than $1 million, but still brought in a pretty penny.
JAMES BOND’S ASTON MARTIN – $4,100,000
He gained notoriety in the The golden finger movie and since then has increased the value of regular Aston Martins. The car sold at this auction was not only a replica of the famous vehicle from the film, but actually contained all of Bond’s gadgets, including an “ejection seat, machine guns, rotating license plates, a bulletproof shield, a tracking device, a removable roof panel, oil slick sprayer, nail spreader and smoke screen.” Additionally, all of this could be “controlled from factory-installed switches hidden in the center armrest.” It’s intense.
THE DELOREAN – $541,000
You can’t talk about movie cars without mentioning the Back to the future DeLorean. In 2011, the time-traveling vehicle sold for over half a million dollars. When you consider its market value of $30,000, that’s quite a markup. But some of the money went to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, so it was for a good cause.
HAN SOLO’S BLASTER – $200,000
You’d be remiss to talk about famous movie props and not talk about star wars. Basically, all of these movies sold for serious $$$$, but a few major pieces stand out like the blaster used by Harrison Ford which sold for 200K in 2013.
LUKE SKYWALKER’S LIGHTSABER – $240,000
Another major piece of star wars history is the signature weapon wielded by Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker. It sold well above its asking price of $185,000 in 2008.
Since most of us will never have the cash to buy our own movie props, we can at least marvel at the fact that the Ferris Buller house just sold for less than a pair of red shoes. And that’s the real definition of movie magic.
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