Pay $ 200,000 for a Marilyn Monroe autograph, rebuild a life-size Mandalorian ship, or hunt around the world for the lost ruby shoes that Dorothy wore in The Wizard of Oz. How far does a fan or collector go to have the signature of their favorite actor, a dress that he wore or an object that appeared in the movie or saga that he idolizes? It seems like a long way off.
Ayaal Fyodorov recently led the construction in Russia of a replica of the Razor Crest, the ship of bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), now part of the icy landscape of Yakutsk, a remote Siberian city. The recreation of the ship’s details – including a seat for Baby Yoda, Djarin’s cuddly co-pilot – is so meticulous that the original production could envy its finishes.
The devotion of the fans of Star Wars –The saga from which The Mandalorian, a Disney Plus production is derived– who did not mind investing $ 15,000 and three months of their lives to reproduce the ship. “We were very motivated to build it, it is as if we were in the series,” Ayaal Fyodorov told AFP when they moved the mastodon from a workshop to the place where it rests for posterity.
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For a fanatic who religiously follows his idols, paying an astronomical sum of money – if you have one – can be the least of it. The anonymous – and millionaire, of course – owner of the Aston Martin DB5 that Sean Connery drove as James Bond in the movie Goldfinger attests to that and for which he paid in 2019 the sum of $ 6,500,000 – about 44,200 million pesos to the current change.
But when it comes to fetishes, how many have not fallen for the alcoholic temptation of the 007 Vesper Martini? The glorious vodka martini that the British agent keeps asking for “shaken, not stirred” is on the menu of thousands of bars around the world that offer the experience of this cocktail with their particular brand that, from the literary work of Ian Fleming, exchanges the lemon peel for an olive.
Marilyn Monroe o Audrey Hepburn They top the list of Hollywood divas for those who want to keep an earring, a necklace, an autograph or a dress from the actresses. Her beauty and sensuality were decked out in haute couture designs, such as the black Givenchy that Hepburn wore in the opening scene and for the promotional poster for Blake Edwards’ romantic comedy Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1961.
The dress caused a stir because of the side slit that reached a very high part of the actress’s thigh, a detail that was ‘corrected’ by the fashion house in a couple of later replicas. The original model was acquired by a fan of his at a Christie’s auction in 2006 for a million dollars and is considered one of the most iconic pieces of film in the 20th century.
At the same time, Marilyn Monroe, standing on the subway racks, shines in an ivory-colored cocktail-style dress that rises in the air to expose her legs. That scene from The Seven Year Itch (Billy Wilder, 1955) elevated her as a sexual icon of pop culture. Since 2011, the garment has been owned by a collector who paid a whopping $ 5.6 million. Not to mention the price for the actress’s autographs –with Marilyn’s mouth included–, which can be obtained at $ 200,000 and whose signature is considered one of the ten most expensive in history, in an ambiguous list that goes from Shakespeare to Lincoln. , through Mohamed Ali, John Lennon and Neil Armstrong.
Around this fetishism, incredible stories are told not only because of the exorbitant prices that are paid, but also because of what the fans do in order to keep an object. One of the most famous is the one around the shoes that Judy Garland wore in The Wizard of Oz. Initially, six pairs of shoes were made with rubies – an accessory that was added to the footwear to highlight the benefits of the Technicolor, which was released with the 1939 film. In the mid-1970s, an illustrious stranger named Ken Warner located the shoes in a Metro window and sold them for a few dollars. From there they rolled around the world until in the 1980s they became collectibles, exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Disney amusement park and the Judy Garland Museum. The last pair that is known for certain was stolen from there in 2005, a reward of one million dollars was offered and was finally recovered by the FBI – yes, the FBI – in 2018. Today they rest in the new Museum of the Academy in Los Angeles.
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Cinematographic props – as those objects that are immortalized by their appearance in some scene of a film are called – are highly sought after by fans and collectors. These days, the Indiana Jones hat in The Temple of Perdition (1984) will go up for auction with an estimated price of between $ 150,000 and $ 250,000 (about 920 million pesos as a maximum estimate). The hat was custom made for Harrison Ford’s head by London expert Herbert Johnson a year before filming began.
And there are more fetishes and dollars at stake: Harry Potter’s magic wand in his latest film, Darth Vader’s lightsaber in The Empire Strikes Back, Tom Cruise’s sword in The Last Samurai, and Brad Pitt’s golf cart. on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which one is yours? In Colombia, why not? You could auction a float from El paseo, Natalia Reyes’ red dress in Summer Birds or a brick from the house from La Estrategia del Caracol.
SOFÍA GÓMEZ G.
* With AFP
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