A 'Friends' Picture Frame: $52,000?!

Courtesy of Profiles in History

The economy might be hurting, but the upper end of the Hollywood memorabilia market is still hot -- for the right items.

A December auction by Profiles in History of classic props and costumes delivered more than a few eye-popping sales (all to anonymous buyers), though a trio of iconic items failed to meet their minimum prices and didn't sell.


Friends Picture Frame

The gold-rimmed item hung on the door of Monica and Rachel's apartment and was used to decorate the season-one DVD packaging. Presale estimate: $1,500 to $2,000; sold for $52,275

Willy Wonka's Top Hat

The only hat Gene Wilder wore in 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was forgotten in director Mel Stuart's garage until his son recently discovered it. Presale estimate: $20,000 to $30,000; also sold for $52,275

Marilyn Monroe's Wedding Band

Baseball legend Joe DiMaggio slipped the platinum and diamond ring on Monroe's finger when they were married Jan. 14, 1954. Presale estimate: $300,000 to $500,000; sold for $516,600

Back to the Future DeLorean

Of the three surviving DeLoreans from the trilogy (of seven made), this is the only one in private hands. It was used in the scene in Part III where Michael J. Fox speeds through a drive-in and lands in 1885. Presale estimate: $400,000 to $600,000; sold for $541,200

Steve McQueen's Le Mans Suit

The actor wore the Gulf Oil driving suit in the classic 1971 race-car flick. Presale estimate: $200,000 to $300,000; sold for $984,000


The Wizard of Oz Ruby Slippers

The best-preserved of the four surviving pairs of ruby slippers likely was used for close-up shots. An earlier pair owned by Debbie Reynolds sold for $612,000 in June. Minimum bid: $2 million

Cowardly Lion Costume

One of two costumes made for Oz, this one was worn by Bert Lahr in the scene where he first meets Dorothy on the Yellow Brick Road. Minimum bid: $2 million

Bela Lugosi's Dracula Cape

The most famous costume element from the 1931 horror classic has been in the private collectionof Bela Lugosi Jr. since he inherited it from his father in 1956. Minimum bid: $1.2 million