‘Indiana Jones’ Whip, ‘Titanic’ Wood Panel Highlight Iconic Hollywood Movie Memorabilia Auction

Once-in-a-lifetime movie collectibles set all-time records at auction over the weekend. The Treasures From Planet Hollywood auction, hosted by Heritage Auctions, captivated the hearts and wallets of film enthusiasts and collectors across the globe. The auction, which ran from Wednesday, March 20, to Sunday, March 24, saw the sale of nearly 1,600 items, shattering expectations and setting new records with its $15.68 million total.

The items, once part of the iconic Planet Hollywood’s vast collection, included props and costumes from some of the most beloved and influential films in cinema history.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Paramount, 1984), Harrison Ford "Indiana Jones" Signature Bullwhip
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Paramount, 1984), Harrison Ford “Indiana Jones” Signature Bullwhip. (credit: Heritage Auctions)

“There were countless bidding wars during the Treasures of Planet Hollywood auction — so many we lost track,” says Joe Maddalena, executive vice president at Heritage Auctions, in a media release. “The extraordinary success of this auction proves what I’ve known all along: The interest in and appetite for modern-movie props and costumes — all of which were once displayed in Planet Hollywoods worldwide or part of their legendary archives — is profound, deep and insatiable.”

Kingpin (MGM, 1996) Bill Murray "Ernie McCracken" Translucent "Red Rose" Bowling Ball
Kingpin (MGM, 1996) Bill Murray “Ernie McCracken” Translucent “Red Rose” Bowling Ball. (credit: Heritage Auctions)

Highlighting the auction were items that not only fetched impressive sums but also broke records. The whip used by Indiana Jones in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” cracked its way to becoming the most valuable prop from the franchise, selling for $525,000. Not to be outdone, a bowling ball featured in “Kingpin” and used by Bill Murray rolled into the record books as the most valuable bowling ball ever auctioned, selling for $350,000. Meanwhile, a Los Angeles Lakers uniform worn by Shaquille O’Neal, photo-matched to Kobe Bryant’s 1996 rookie debut, scored a record $262,500.

Perhaps the most talked-about piece was a wood panel from “Titanic,” notorious for its role in saving Rose but not Jack, which sailed to the top of the auction’s sales at $718,750. Will the new owner find room for two on the wood panel?

Titanic (TCF, 1997), Kate Winslet "Rose DeWitt Bukater" Hero Floating Wood Panel
Titanic (TCF, 1997), Kate Winslet “Rose DeWitt Bukater” Hero Floating Wood Panel. (credit: Heritage Auctions)

Other noteworthy sales included a Jack Nicholson-used ax from “The Shining,” which brought $125,000, and Marilyn Monroe’s dress from “Let’s Make Love,” which captured $137,500.

From the serene to the spectacular, collectors had the chance to own a piece of cinematic history, whether it was the iconic blaster carried by Princess Leia in “Return of the Jedi,” selling for $150,000, or Tobey Maguire’s black symbiote suit from “Spider-Man 3,” which swung out the door for $125,000.

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (TCF, 1983), Carrie Fisher "Princess Leia" Screen-Used Hero Blaster
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (TCF, 1983), Carrie Fisher “Princess Leia” Screen-Used Hero Blaster. (credit: Heritage Auctions)

Bidding wars erupted over items like Gary Oldman’s armor from “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and the Mechanical Man automaton from “Hugo,” each fetching over $80,000. The auction also paid homage to sports in cinema, with Kevin Costner’s Durham Bulls uniform from “Bull Durham” and Robert Redford’s New York Knights gear from “The Natural” each hitting the $81,250 mark.

Collectors even roared over the Barbasol shaving cream can Wayne Knight’s character used to smuggle dinosaur embryos out of “Jurassic Park.” That netted $250,000.

Jurassic Park (Universal, 1993), Wayne Knight "Dennis Nedry" Hero Dinosaur Embryo Cryogenic Smuggling Device
Jurassic Park (Universal, 1993), Wayne Knight “Dennis Nedry” Hero Dinosaur Embryo Cryogenic Smuggling Device. (credit: Heritage Auctions)

The Treasures of Planet Hollywood is the second-highest selling auction in movie collectibles history. A Debbie Reynolds auction held by Maddalena in 2011 tops the list at $22.8 million.

Click here for complete results from Treasures From Planet Hollywood.

HobbyListings editor Matt Higgins contributed to this report.

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