What happens to props, costumes, or other items after they are used in our favorite movies, TV series, music videos, or events? One thing is for sure, they don't get thrown away. Many high profile items from pop culture live a second life as memorabilia for collectors. Years after their initial use, the most interesting and culturally significant items are often sold at auction for exorbitant amounts of money to collectors of all types.Read on, and you'll find a list of 17 of the most expensive pop culture memorabilia sold at auction, including items used by Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Julie Andrews, Jerry Garcia, and more. Some of these expensive collectors items are actually worth something (more than sentimental value) so it's no surprise that these items – like Liz Taylor's jewels – sold for an exorbitant amount of money. Other collectibles, like Babe Ruth's jersey, gain their value from their place in history and the story surrounding them. Read on to learn more about some of the most expensive items ever sold at auction.
To say Superman is influential is an understatement. The character has been played and/or voiced by at least 48 actors in at least six radio/audio dramas, 16 movies, seven TV series, 36 animated series and stand alone efforts, and no less than 30 video games. But it all started on the printed page with Action Comics #1. It cost only $.10 when first sold but, in 2011, a copy of the famed issue sold for $2.1 million on eBay. Talk about a return on investment.More recently, the same issue sold for $3.2 million on eBay in August 2014. It was a CGC (Certified Guaranty Company) 9.0 grade with white pages and the best copy ever evaluated by the CGC. This is the first comic to break the $3 million barrier, and the sixth one to sell for over a million.
Having the benefit of being an incredibly elaborate jewelry collection on its own, one could say that being the former property of Liz Taylor was only one factor in the whopping amount of money the actress's jewels fetched. 80 items of Taylor's collection, sold during a Christie's auction, gathered nearly $116 million in 2011.